European Studies

What is Europe and how do we define it? How has history shaped our current understanding of the continent? How has European integration changed Europe? In the bachelor's programme in European Studies, you will work with your fellow students to develop answers to these complex questions. You will explore Europe and European integration using insights and methods from history, political science, international relations, law, economics, philosophy, and sociology. This programme trains you to become a critical thinker who can understand, analyse and explain complex current problems at the European level from various disciplinary perspectives. You can use this expertise to work in European institutions, public administration, management and consultancy.

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  • The multidisciplinarity within the European Studies programme really helps me to look at problems from various perspectives
    Richard Marenbach, European Studies


  • Evelin Rizzo

    BA European Studies alumna wins CES 2018 Undergraduate Project Prize

    Monday, July 2, 2018

    Evelin Rizzo, alumna of the BA European Studies, has been awarded the CES’s 2018 Undergraduate Project Prize by the Council for European Studies.

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  • Richard Mason

    Bachelor European Studies student third in Vernon Smith competition

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Bachelor European student Richard Mason received the 10th Vernon Smith prize with his essay on the topic "Wann wird Toleranz zum Verbrechen".

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  • FASoS student prizes Dies natalis 2018

    FASoS students receive thesis prizes during Dies Natalis 2018

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    During the annual Dies Natalis of Maastricht University 2018, four FASoS students received a prize for their bachelor’s/master’s thesis.

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    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      If you are recently graduated, the Maastricht University Coachcafé might be something for you! The next Coachcafé will take place on Wednesday 3 October. During the evening, the coaches (who graduated from the UM just like you) pose provoking questions and herewith help you define your talents and dreams. They, and your fellow participants, will be able to connect you to people relevant to your future career. For more information about the evening, have a look at:

      Het Coachcafé Maastricht University | 03-10-2018
      1 day 9 hours ago
    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      The set of 20 screwdrivers you bought to assemble one book case (which, it turned out, required only the Allen key included in the flat pack) – they’re by no means useless; just less essential than you had assumed… Why not donate them and borrow them back the next time you need them?

      UM students Elisa Etrari, Anna Reyneri and Becca Bowers are running "Library of Things". It’s exactly what you think it is: you sign up, choose something from their online catalogue – then you borrow whatever you need and bring it back once you are done using it. Read more:

      Library of Things: Out of the attic, into the commonweal
      2 days 13 hours ago
    • Last Saturday, 8 September, Maastricht University opened its doors to all UM Alumni. It was a very successful and enjoyable day with inspiring lectures and demonstrations of the latest innovations. Did you miss it? Make sure to attend next year's programme! ✔️ Maastricht University Alumni

      1 week 2 days ago