Block Seminar & Global Citizenship Seminars

Block Seminars and Global Citizenship Seminars provide the opportunity for CEMS members to come together, exchange ideas, and debate and discuss innovative management topics as well as comprehensive leadership topics. Both programme elements aim to integrate social activities to create a "class spirit" at the beginning of the term.

Please note that the Global Citizenship Seminar replaces the Responsible Global Leadership Seminar, starting from Academic Year 2020/2021.

Block Seminar

The Block Seminar is a one-week course that takes place at the beginning of Term 1.

Block Seminars bring together professors and students from various CEMS institutions. Subjects derive from different cultural and academic perspectives; many topics are not a part of the universities’ standard curricula.

Depending on when Term 1 begins at different CEMS institutions, Block Seminars can take place between August and mid-October. As the Block Seminar is a mandatory element of the programme that can under no circumstances be postponed, class attendance is mandatory. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that they will be able to attend a block seminar at the beginning of the programme. The Block Seminar accounts for 3 ECTS credits and students receive a grade.

As a starting point, students are automatically assigned to the Block Seminar of their Term 1 school. However, as long as places are available and with the permission of the school hosting the student during Term 1, students may apply for a Block Seminar different from the one held at their “Term 1 school.”
Topics, dates and exact locations are announced in the “Programme Offer” section of each school page during Term 2 of the preceding academic year. Application for transfer to a different location is open in May and is coordinated centrally through the CEMS intranet. Students interested in the transfer must consult with their Term 1 school to avoid potential overlaps with mandatory classes.

Global Citizenship Seminar

The Global Citizenship Seminar is a two-day course, and takes place at the beginning of Term 2. The Global Citizenship Seminar brings together representatives from Corporate and/or Social Partners, professors and students, for an experiential learning experience.

Within the Global Citizenship seminar, students will have the opportunity to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals through  experiential learning.

Depending on when Term 2 begins at different CEMS institutions, Global Citizenship Seminars can take place between January and April. As the Global Citizenship Seminar is a mandatory element of the programme that can under no circumstances be postponed, class attendance is mandatory. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that they will be able to attend a Global Citizenship Seminar in  Term 2. The Global Citizenship Seminar accounts for 1 ECTS credit. Students don’t receive a grade but the Global Citizenship Seminar can be failed if the learning objectives or full attendance requirements are not met.

Contrary to the Block Seminar, no specific re-allocation of places is foreseen for the Global Citizenship Seminar. Taking the Global Citizenship Seminar at a different school may in exceptional cases be allowed, but the student must obtain permission from the involved schools well in advance.

Schools may include a social event in connection to the Global Citizenship seminar, in which participation can be declared mandatory. Social events may be organised in cooperation with local CEMS Clubs.

Please note that both Block and Global Citizenship Seminars may include a fee.