In year three, our students scatter across the continent to study at our partner universities. And during their final term, they gain international work experience. All of this has tremendous impact on our students. It turns even the most timid individuals into independent and confident young people, ready to embark on an international career in the public or private sector, or to pursue a master’s degree.
Do you enjoy working together and beyond borders? Are you interested in politics, international cooperation, languages, communication and cultures? And would you like to pursue an international career? Then European Studies may just be the ideal study programme for you.
- Location Maastricht
- Duration 4 years, start in September
- Degree Bachelor of Arts
- Language English
About the education
What will you learn?
At European Studies, you will:
- learn about the foundations of Europe, by studying how major events in history, politics and cultures have shaped the European continent.
- learn about the European institutions, policy making and culture and the impact it had and has on national and local governments, society and companies
- develop your intercultural communication skills and knowledge of English and French, German or Spanish
- develop practical skills that will prepare you for your job after graduation.
The study programme is based on the types of jobs you can fulfil after you graduate. You will gain theoretical knowledge, which you will also apply into practice. In each study block, you work on a task that you could come across in the professional field. These tasks entail providing strategic communication and policy advice, developing the associated plans, organising events and representing an organisation.
At European Studies, team work is a substantial part of the programme. You will develop essential skills such as organising and planning your projects, communicating in foreign languages, writing, presentation and (intercultural) communication skills. Moreover, by carrying out different tasks throughout the study programme, you will develop new talents and discover new fields of interest.
During your studies, one of your lecturers will be your mentor throughout all four study years. Your mentor will guide you whenever necessary. In addition, your lecturers will support you and your fellow students when carrying out assignments. Next to regular classes, there are supervision sessions where you can work on your project and where you can consult with your lecturer for advice, tips and guidance.
Story of a graduate: Marleen van der Minnen
During my four-year studies at European Studies, I learned many things. For example, how to work in a dynamic and international team. There is a balance between theoretical knowledge and practical appliance, therefore I believe that European Studies really prepares its students to become professionals with a broad and thorough outlook. Moreover, I was able to choose where I wanted to go on exchange in the fourth year. I chose Romania and it was one of the best decisions I made. My exchange to Romania opened my vision to Eastern Europe. The culture and politics of this country gave me more insights in the social and cultural differences across the EU.
I can recommend European Studies to anyone who enjoys learning about the European Union, and who likes to look at it from different angles.
Supervision on both the progress of the task and the group process by one of the lecturers of the international European Studies team is of course provided. All students will have a mentor to keep track on the study progress.
European Studies is a full-time study programme. This means you are expected to spend on average 40 hours a week studying, during group work, individual assignments and preparing exams and classes.
Education and Examination Regulations
The education and examination regulations provide all the information you will need about the content of the study programme, the academic support provided, and the way in which examinations are organized.
- Check the EER
If you want more information about the programme and competences, read the studyguide.
As a degree-seeking student you will have to pay annual tuition fees. Students from the EU pay the statutory tuition fees, and non-EU students pay the institutional tuition fees. Normally speaking, these fees are waived for exchange students from partner universities.
Facts and figures
Are you interested in how our current students rate this study programme? And how your chances are at the labour market? Check the objective information that's based on public reliable sources. With this overview you can compare our programme with the national average.
Check the facts and figures of European Studies.
Chat with a student
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In every block of the year you will work on one topic. For year 1 these topics are:
- Get to know Europe
Shape a plan for a city to become a European Capital of Culture and organise an event to promote this city.
- Cooperation in the EU
Shape a plan on how to receive funding for a policy priority of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.
- Lobbying in the EU
Provide a lobbying advice on an assigned simple legislative proposal or policy proposal (within environment, transport or migration).
- Cooperative citizenship (CSR)
Provide an advice on how to change the policy on health and well-being of (international) students at Zuyd. You will be provided with knowledge to carry out these tasks, including English and on the EU/Europe.
In addition, you will be studying French, German or Spanish.
- Get to know Europe
In year 2 you will work on the following topics
- European Competitiveness
You will scrutinize the economic position of Europe globally and formulate policy priorities.
- Democracy in Europe
You will shape a campaign and organise an event in which your will promote a new political group in various countries of the EU.
- EU in a globalised world
You will learn about the historic development and contemporary use of diplomacy by the EU and its member states in the field of international cooperation. The ultimate objective is to give advice to your supervisor on the best way to approach an assigned dossier.
- Civil society in Europe
You will shape an NGO campaign to protect human rights in Europe, think about refugees in the EU.
- European Competitiveness
In the third year, you will spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner universities. You can choose to study in almost any country in Europe or beyond.
Of course you will have to study, but the experience is mostly about living abroad and meeting international students from all over the world, communicating in different languages, using your intercultural skills and learning how to be independent.
In the second semester of year 3, you will take part in a simulation of the professional environment. You and your fellow students have to set up and run a communication consultancy and you will do assignments for your client.
In year 4 you can profile yourself. You will either focus more on the public or the private European domain. Topics covered are foreign affairs and security policy, EU development aid and global competitiveness. You need to choose a minor and find an internship.
You round off your study programme by doing an international internship in a European context. Examples of possible internship providers for European Studies students are:
- European Institutions
- European, national or local governmental organizations
- NGOs and IGOs
- Embassies and consulates
mbo diploma at level 4 and preferably English.
Exemption of the pre-university requirements is only possible on the basis of a binding admission examination. You are only eligible for this examination if you are 21 years of age or older. Read more about the test for candidates aged 21 or older.
Generally speaking, a secondary school diploma will give access to our study programme, e.g.:
- International baccalaureate
Prove of a good command of the English language. A secondary school graduation level is required for EU-students. Students from outside of the EU are required to take an IELTS (score at least 6) or TOEFL test (computer-based score at least 213).
Don't forget to check the immigration regulations imposed by the Dutch authorities Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a visa (MVV) for The Netherlands. This can be a time-consuming and expensive process; start your application process well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Deadline for application
Applications for enrolment should be in our possession before the deadline. They differ for EU- and non-EU students:
- EU students: 1st July
- Non-EU students: 1st June
In co-operation with the NUFFIC, The Dutch Organisation for Internationalisation in Education, we will assess the value of foreign diplomas. Information on recognition of diplomas for admission to Dutch universities of applied sciences can be found on the NUFFIC website.
Is this the right study programme for you?
In addition to having the correct prior education, it is important that you recognize yourself in the following characteristics:
- You are interested in the European Union
- You can easily adjust to new situations
- You aspire an international career
- You are interested in other countries and cultures
- You have a good feeling for languages and you like to communicate
- You are independent, but you also like to work with others
- You are eager to study abroad
Can you see yourself working as a policy advisor for the European Union? Or are you more interested in working in the public relations and communication department? Even if you don’t know what you want to ‘be’ upon successful completion of the European Studies programme, the possibilities are almost endless. A few challenges European Studies graduates work on:
- Work in or with the European Parliament
- Initiate and maintain contacts for European collaboration
- Maintain social media for (governmental) institutions
- Work at an NGO/IGO
These are some examples of job opportunities for graduates in our programme:
- Public affairs manager
- Communication advisor
- Public relations manager
- Staff member at the European Parliament/House of Representatives/Ministry/Embassy
After graduation, you can transfer to a master’s degree programme. European Studies graduates have followed master’s programmes such as:
- International relations
- Political science
- European Studies
- Public administration
- Communication and Information Sciences
Note that some universities in the Netherlands and abroad require you to follow a 1 year pre-master course after graduating from European Studies at Zuyd.
Thanks to one of my European Studies lecturers, I landed an internship at the European Parliament, which later turned into a job.