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European Studies

The study programme
The European Studies study programme starts with a two-year foundation programme, that covers the courses, areas and skills a European Professional should know

What makes this programme unique?

Personal and practice-based
Project-based work is considered very important at the department of European Studies. In almost every block of ten weeks, students work in groups on life-like and realistic projects, which require sound project management skills. Team-working skills and theoretical knowledge are developed through these projects, which often have an international character.

Courses
The European Studies study programme starts with a two-year foundation programme, that covers the courses, areas and skills a European professional should know. Moreover, a solid knowledge of several languages and cultures plays an essential role. This is why you will study two European languages, in addition to English, during at least the first two years of the European Studies programme.  Europe is the binding element in all these courses, that are centered around the domains of public and private communication. For example:

  • Law
  • European Politics
  • Global Diplomacy
  • Public Affairs
  • Marketing Communication
  • Social Media

    As you will be trained in conducting presentations, debating and (copy) writing, your communicative skills will reach a high level. You will also develop your social skills because of the many group assignments in the European Studies programme. The curriculum offers you a well balanced mix of lectures, group activities, project work and individual assignments.

    History
    European Studies started in 2002 under the name 'Hogere Europese Beroepen Opleiding (HEBO)' and was originally taught in Dutch. Since 2010 HEBO changed its name to European Studies and is given only in English.

    Academic and examination regulations (EER)
    The academic and examination regulations provide all the information you will need about the content of the course, the academic support provided, and the way in which examinations are organised. Download the pdf file of the regulations on admission and enrolment to check the prerequisites for this academic year. If there are additional requirements, then you can find these in chapter 3 of the EER.

     

    What to expect from the first year?

    The European Studies study programme starts with a foundation programme that covers the courses, areas and skills a European Professional should know. This foundation programme will also be continued in year two. Example of subjects that you will have during this first year are:

    • Intercultural Communication
    • Law
    • Politics
    • Marketing
    • Culture
    • IT
    • Research

    For an overview of the courses during this study programme, please open the Study Guide here (pdf).

    Languages and Culture
    A solid knowledge of several languages is essential for a European professional. This is why you will study three European languages during our programme. The obligatory language is English. As your first and second foreign language you will choose two languages from French, German or Spanish. If you choose Spanish as your third foreign language, no prior knowledge of the Spanish language is required. Foreign students will take a course of basic Dutch as well.

    We have taken a pratical, hands-on approach for the language training. After completing the European Studies programme, you will be able to express yourself fluently, both orally and in writing, in the languages that you have chosen. In addition, every language course also discusses the culture in the areas in which this language is spoken. Doing business with a Frenchman or negotiating with an Englishman, it makes a world of difference!

    As you will also be trained in conducting presentations, debating and (copy)writing, your communicative skills will reach a very high level. You will also develop your social skills because of the many group assignments in the European Studies programme. The curriculum offers a well balanced mix of lectures, group activities, project work and individual assignments.

     

     

    The rest of the study

    Study abroad
    In your third year of studies, you participate in an international study exchange at one of our many partner universities abroad. This study abroad semester greatly contributes to the development of your international orientation.

    Agreements with partner universities
    In order to enable you to take part in an exchange, Zuyd University has signed many bilateral agreements with partner universities in the European Union. Zuyd University also participates in the Magellan Exchange programme, a consortium of EU and US/Mexican universities. As a result of these agreements, students can study abroad without paying extra tuition fees to the foreign university.

    Simulation
    In the second semester of year 3, you will take part in a simulation of the professional environment. You and your fellow students then have to set up and run a communication consultancy and you will do assignments for your client. Parallel to that you will be offered knowledge courses, your first foreign language and elective courses.

    Examples of elective courses are:

    • American Studies
    • Minorities and Dominant Cultures
    • Your second language
    • Russian
    • Central and Eastern Europe part 1

    Internship
    In the fourth and final year of the study programme, the students of European Studies are to take part in an internship. You will work on a practical assignment or a research project (or a combination of these) under the supervision of the company or organization concerned. These assignments and/or research projects should have an international dimension.

    Generally speaking, the work placement will take about 18 weeks, in the period of mid-February untill the end of June. The average workload is 720 hours (18 weeks of 40 hours), plus 92 hours for preparation, reporting and evaluation. The internship is to reflect the specific profile of one of the streams chosen by the students (or a combination). The internship can take place abroad or at an international company or institution in The Netherlands.

    Examples of internships
    Students of European Studies have worked for i.e. the Euregion Meuse Rhine, The European Journalism Center, Interreg III projects like the Flood Awareness and Prevention Project, the Regional Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Development Rhine Meuse, Maastricht University, the European Parliament and many other organisations.

    For an overview of the courses in year 2, 3 and 4, please open this Study Guide (pdf).

     

    Graduation

    Open Day

    Experience Day

     

    End in sight

    Transfer to a master’s degree programme
    If you do a pre master during your fourth 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.

     

     

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