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.

Sen Cicalo Ikeda, Student Ambassador European Studies

Sen, 21 years old, was born in Japan but raised in Italy, with an Italian father and a Japanese mother. He is now in his third year of the bachelor’s programme in European Studies.

Why Sen chose the bachelor’s programme in European Studies:
“I am very interested in the overarching structure of the European Union and all the benefits it brings to people. I chose this particular programme because it is very interdisciplinary and looks at Europe and the European Union from many different angles. Besides this, it is English-taught and I was very interested in Problem-Based Learning as I love to be actively engaged in debating and conducting research. In the third year you can do a five-month internship to gain practical experience. I think that is a wonderful opportunity to prepare yourself for your career. Currently, I am doing my internship at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht, providing me with very useful contacts for my next steps. My goal is to do a master’s in Development Studies, in order to gain field work experience to understand the impact of policies. Afterwards, a traineeship at the European Parliament will teach me the ropes. Ultimately I want to work for the EU or an EU-related organisation on the policy side.”

Sen Cicalo Ikeda, Student Ambassador Bachelor European Studies 2020-2021

My goal is to pursue a master’s in Development Studies, because ultimately I would like to work for the EU or an EU-related organisation on the policy side.

Follow Sen:

More about European Studies on our Virtual Open Day.

Experience what it’s really like to study at UM:

  • Explore our facilities
  • Learn about student life in Maastricht
  • Hear what students say

Take a virtual tour

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

Compare the FASoS bachelor's programmes

FASoS studievergelijker final


Are you curious which of our bachelor’s programmes suits you best? Would you like to know what your career opportunities are after finishing one of our four bachelor’s programmes? Are you still unsure which bachelor’s programme to choose? Below you find a useful tool to compare our bachelor’s programmes in terms of content, student profile, and career prospects.

 Compare the FASoS bachelor's programmes!

Get to know all about FASoS and life in Maastricht and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. We offer vlogs, columns and interesting background articles.

 Explore FASoS!


Online information events

Online information event for new students of Maastricht University

Are you a prospective student and interested in one of our bachelor's programmes?
We would like to offer you several online resources which can give you a feel of what it is like to study at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and provide you with some answers to questions you might have. You can visit a Virtual Open Day, compare our bachelor's programmes or make an online personal appointment for more information about the programme of your choice. You can also register for one of our Online Experience Days.

 More information about Online Bachelor events FASoS
 Order a brochure

Students going the extra mile

Online Bachelor's Open Day

Find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, experience our unique approach to teaching, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Bachelor's Open Day is on 6 November 2021.



  • Garschagen

    EU: dense material of fundamental importance

    Friday, May 7, 2021

    If it were up to Melle Garschagen, every day would be ‘Europe Day’. “The role of a journalist is to follow the EU critically and comprehensively,” says the UM alum and deputy editor of NRC. He recently returned to the Netherlands after almost five years as a correspondent in England, mainly covering Brexit.

    Read more

    Heleen (24) is Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
    Read more
  • Bachelor thesis prizes for FASoS students

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    Jette Banning (BA European Studies) and Greta Magnani (BA Arts and Culture) received the Thesis prize 2020.

    Read more


Study at FASoS during COVID-19

FASoS HvT achterzijde

The past year the world has been dominated by the covid-19 crisis. The impact of the coronavirus on society has been huge and special measures have been taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment. We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What does education look like at FASoS? What can you expect from student life? We can't give a conclusive answer to all these questions, but we can try to help you as best we can.

Education at FASoS remains online for the remainder of the academic year 2020-2021. Please visit our information page for more details.

Follow us on:

Social media FASoS