European Studies
European Studies

European Studies

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 121
  • Language English
  • Student rating 7,3

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About the Education

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 (governments) and private (companies) domain.
  • The EU and the impact it had on national and local governments and companies.
  • 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 one foreign language (out of German, French, Spanish).

Important topics in the first year are:

  • European Union
  • Law, politics, economics and marketing
  • Intercultural Communication

Team work
Team work is very important. In every year, students work in teams on real-life European projects. Students develop their team-working, practical, organisational and communication 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.

Rick Maijer
  • 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. 

  • Tuition fees

    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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  • Year 1

    You study several European Union topics. For example:

    • Law
    • Politics
    • Marketing
    • History

    Communication skills
    As you will be trained in conducting presentations, debating and writing, your communicative skills will be enhanced. You will also develop your social skills because of the many team assignments. The teaching methods are a well balanced mix of lectures, group activities, team 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 another European language, in addition to English.

    International activities
    In year 1 you will visit the European Union Parliament in Brussels.

  • Year 2

    In year 2 you will build on the courses offered in year 1. Other topics covered are for example European Law and Politics, International Relations and Public Relations.

  • Year 3

    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.

  • Year 4

    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
Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements

  • Havo

    All profiles

  • Vwo

    All profiles

  • Mbo

    mbo diploma at level 4 and preferably English.

  • 21+

    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.

  • Non-Dutch

    Generally speaking, a secondary school diploma will give access to our study programme, e.g.:

    • Abitur
    • Fachhochschulreife
    • International baccalaureate

    Extra requirement
    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).

    Immigration regulations
    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

    Diploma recognition
    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

How to apply



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
  • Lobbyist
  • Communication advisor
  • Public relations manager
  • Staff member at the European Parliament/House of Representatives/Ministry/Embassy
  • Spokesperson

Thanks to one of my European Studies lecturers, I landed an internship at the European Parliament, which later turned into a job.

Mickèl Magnus

Continue studying

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
  • Law
  • 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.

European Studies
Brusselseweg 150
6217 HB Maastricht

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