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Know before you go

On-campus courses

We've created this handy guide to help you at every step of your Winter School experience – from getting started with Canvas to joining live sessions, to making the most of your course.

Please review this page carefully before your course starts.

In this guide

Get started | Get ready | Get social | Get certificates | Get more


Here to help

Our friendly Events Team are on hand to assist throughout the event:


Help Desk

Mon 07:30 – 16:00 CET
Tue – Sat 08:30 – 16:00 CET

  De Valk 3, Faculty of Law – KU Leuven


Alternatively, drop us a line at


For course-related queries, get in touch with your Instructor via Canvas. Just head to the Inbox section (far left on the menu bar) to access the messaging facility.

Get started

Log in to Canvas early using the credentials sent to you by our Events Team, and familiarise yourself with the learning environment and your course.

Have trouble logging in? Email

Check if any preparatory work has been allocated to your course in Canvas, such as pre-course readings, recordings and assignments. Any pre-course work must be completed before the start of your course.

For queries regarding content hosted on platforms outside of Canvas, please contact your Instructor. Simply visit the Inbox section in Canvas (far left on the menu bar) to access the messaging facility.

Make sure you have familiarised yourself with class times; these are indicated in your course outline. All class times are in Central European Time (CET).

Except for the Welcome Reception as specified, all courses will be taking place at the Faculty of Law – KU Leuven (De Valk 3), Tiensestraat 41, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.

Find out here how to reach the campus and get around the city.

When arranging travel and accommodation, please ensure that your booking is refundable. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance. ECPR is not liable for reimbursing the cost of travel or accommodation made by participants.

To help you and your colleagues feel as safe and comfortable as possible, we've put together this page containing essential health and safety guidelines, as well as some important practical information. 

You deserve a positive event experience. Please take a few moments to read our Code of Conduct which outlines our expectations regarding the conduct of participants at all our events.

Get ready

There will be no equipment provided during your course; you will be expected to bring your own device to the class with an EU plug adaptor.

Please note, ECPR is not responsible for participants' belongings.

You can only download your Certificate of Attendance the day after completing your course, as long as your badge has been scanned at the registration desk and you attend your course every day.

Please collect your badge at the Registration Desk in De Valk 3:

For week one courses
From 07:30 CET on Monday 6 February

For the 'Introduction to NVivo' workshop
From 08:00 CET on Friday 10 February

The room allocation for your course is indicated under 'Building' in the Schedule.

Get social

All plenary events, including the Welcome Reception and our House Series Lunchtime Debate, have been added to your Itinerary.

We'd love to hear about your Winter School experience. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter using #ecprws23.

Please take a few minutes to complete our survey.

Your feedback really helps improve our events for scholars like you. The link to complete the survey will be circulated in Canvas on the last day of your course. 

Get certificates

If you have attended 100% of live sessions and completed pre-course assignments, you can download your Certificate of Attendance via My ECPR after you have completed your course in four simple steps:

  1. Head to My Events;
  2. Find the event you had attended;
  3. In the 'Select Certificate you would like to download' field, select your role from the drop-down list
  4. Your PDF certificate will download automatically.

If you had attended more than one course in the event, you can download a separate certificate for each course.

If you have attended 100% of live sessions and engaged in all class activities/assignments, you will automatically receive 3 ECTS credits.

If you would like to receive 4 ECTS credits, please let your Instructor know on the first day of your course. All ECTS Credit Certificates will be sent by Friday 14 April 2023.

Please note that only those receiving 4 credits will receive a grade on the certificate. 3 credits will not include a grade.

Get more

Make the most of the course materials and pre-recorded lectures over the next few weeks. You will have access to your course in Canvas until Friday 31 March 2023.

Notice of photography/filming

Photographers will be taking pictures at various locations on campus during this event.


The photographs will be used by ECPR to promote its activities and may be published on the ECPR website, used in digital and email marketing, on social media, and in other promotional materials.


If you do not wish to appear in such photographs, please make yourself known to the photographer, a member of ECPR staff, or a student in an ECPR T-shirt.