Do you enjoy working together and beyond borders? Are you interested in European cultures, politics, languages and law? And do you want to be able to communicate with people from many different backgrounds and in several European languages? Then European Studies may just be the ideal study programme for you.
- Location Maastricht
- Duration 4 years, start in September
- Degree Bachelor of Arts
- Freshmen 137
- Language English
- Student rating 7,6
About the education
What will you learn?
European Studies is a full-time study. This means you are expected to spend at least 40 hours a week (on average) studying, not only in class but also during group work, individual assignments and studying. You will learn about:
- Strategic communication in the public (companies) and private (governments) domain.
- The foundations of Europe, by studying how major events in history, politics and cultures have shaped the European continent.
- Languages! The programme is fully taught in English. Additionally you choose a first and a second foreign language (out of German, French, Spanish or Dutch for non-native speakers).
- The working of the EU and the impact it has on national/local governments and companies.
Important topics in the first year are:
- European Law
- European Politics
- Intercultural Communication
Project-based work is very important. In every year, students work in groups on real-life European projects. Students develop their team-working skills and theoretical skills in these international projects.
Your lecturers have many different nationalities. They know their students because you work in small groups. Since European Studies isn’t such a massive place, it has a personal touch.
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.
Academic and examination regulations (EER)
The academic 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.
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.
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You study several European Union topics. For example:
As you will be trained in conducting presentations, debating, lobbying and writing, your communicative skills will reach a high level. You will also develop your social skills because of the many group assignments. The work methods are a well balanced mix of lectures, group activities, project work and individual assignments.
Language and culture
A solid knowledge of several languages and cultures is essential for a communication professional. This is why you will study two European languages, in addition to English.
In year 1 you take several international field trips. For example, you will visit the European Union Parliament in Brussels.
In year 2 you take part in a project together with your fellow students and exchange students. You and your team mates write a marketing communication plan for an existing company planning to introduce a new sustainable product or service abroad.
Other topics covered are European Law and Politics, International Relations and several communication classes.
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 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 will either focus more on the public and the private European domain. You will also choose a minor.
You round off your study programme by doing an internship in Europe. European Studies students have completed their internships for companies and organizations such as:
- The European Parliament
- Maastricht University
- European, national or local governmental organizations
- War Child
All profiles with as final examination subjects:
- Foreign language (German, French or Spanish)
All profiles with as final examination subjects:
- Foreign language (German, French or Spanish)
If you have an mbo diploma at level 4, you meet the requirements of the study programme. The chances to pass are realistic for students who have studied at least two foreign languages (including English) during the mbo level 4 study. Students with no or limited knowledge of German, French and/or Spanish are strongly advised not to choose this study programme. Students with an mbo diploma at level 4 may be invited to take a diagnostic admission exam or an interview. Please contact the study advisor.
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.
Generally speaking, a secondary school diploma will give access to our study programme, e.g.:
- International Baccalaureate diploma
Candidates will have to prove that they have a good command of the English language.
- EU/EEA students with a foreign diploma can be admitted if they passed English as an examination subject.
- Non-EU/non-EEA students are required to take an IELTS or TOEFL test (score at least 6).
Furthermore, you will have to prove that you have advanced knowledge of the first language you choose (at least at B1 level) and if your second language is German or French, at least at A2 level (CEFR). For Spanish or Dutch as a second language there are no prerequisites.
Don't forget to check the immigration regulations imposed by the Dutch authorities at www.nuffic.nl/immigration. 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. Currently a visa and residence permit for non-EU citizens costs 500 Euro.
Deadline for application
Applications for enrolment should be in our possession before 1 May.
In co-operation with the NUFFIC, The Netherlands' Organization for International Co-operation in Higher Education, European Studies 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 at the marketing 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 companies and institutions
- Do market research in foreign markets
These are some examples of job opportunities for graduates in our programme:
- International networker
- Communication advisor
- Social media specialist
- Staff member at the European Parliament/House of Representatives/Ministry/Embassy
Thanks to one of my European Studies lecturers, I landed an internship at the European Parliament, which later turned into a job.
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 Union studies
- Public administration
- Communication and Information Sciences
Note that some universities in the Netherlands require you to follow a 1 year pre-master course after graduating from Zuyd. However, if you are selected to do a pre-master during your last year at European Studies you will have access to the one year European Studies master’s degree programme of Maastricht University, without an intermediate year or entry exams.
It is also possible to follow a master’s programme outside of the Netherlands.