European Studies: Global Challenges

Global Challenges focusses on the changing global environment and relations between Europe and the rest of the world. You will address contemporary problems like international migration and international development, and what they imply for  Europe, neighbouring countries and the Global South. The specialisation is anchored in international relations and comparative politics. You will look at EU relationships with other (emerging) global players and other regional organisations. The relations between Europe and the rest of the world are studied against the backdrop of a growing interdependence between countries, but also the global power shift characterised by the rise of the BRICS. Special attention is paid to non-European perspectives on solutions to global challenges and to the institutions supporting global governance.

Global Challenges is one specialisation in the Master European Studies. Discover also our other specialisations:

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John van den Berg, Student Ambassador

John was born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, but he was raised in the Netherlands. He has a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Zuyd Hogeschool in Maastricht. He decided to stay in Maastricht for the master’s programme European Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. A pre-master granted him direct access to the master’s programme in European Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. “I’ve always been passionate about new emerging science and technology (NEST), but more from a European perspective like, for example, the policies we need regarding artificial intelligence (AI) and data. I am particularly interested in start-ups in this field, because I love their drive and energy. During my bachelor’s studies, I did a six-month internship in New York, working for a company helping European start-ups to be get established in the US. Then, after my graduation, I did a six-month internship in Brussels. This experience made me decide to choose this master’s programme. It’s my ambition to work in Brussels, in public affairs, consultancy or perhaps in-house for an organisation, helping start-ups in NEST establish themselves.”

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John Robert van den Berg, Ambassador MA European Studies 2019-2020

“I want to contribute to a European perspective on new technologies and their relation to EU politics and society.”

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Kickstart your career at our Master's Open Day

Experience Maastricht University: find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Master’s Open Day is on Saturday 21 November 2020.

Pre-master's programme

If you do not satisfy the admission requirements of this Master's programme you may be able to enrol in a Pre-master's course year. Check out the Pre-master information and learn more about the programme, the courses and the requirements.

  • “For me, this master’s programme is an ideal steppingstone for a future career in Brussels, preferably working for the European Commission or the European Parliament.”
    Gil Kaufman, Student Ambassador European Studies 2018-2019
  • With my knowledge of banking, finance, international relations and politics, I can see myself in an international organisation like the World Bank or IMF, but perhaps also in politics itself.
    Manuel Rauscher, Student ambassador European Studies 2017-2018
  • During my Bachelors studies, I became interested in politics and international relations. After doing my minor in European Studies, I realised that that was the programme for me.
    David Kaik, European Studies
  • “I always wanted to show the world that I can leave an imprint on society.”
    Siebe Geerts, Student Ambassador European Studies 2016-2017
  • We went on a two-day trip to Brussels and spoke to Business Europe, one of the biggest lobby groups there
    Frank Mütze (The Netherlands), European Studies

Study at FASoS during COVID-19

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We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year 2020-2021 looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What will 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. Please visit our information pages to see what your study programme looks like at the beginning of this academic year.


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    H2020 grant for Assem Dandashly, Hylke Dijkstra and Gergana Noutcheva

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    Assem Dandashly, Hylke Dijkstra and Gergana Noutcheva have been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant.

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    FASoS alumna Hanna Novosad appointed minister in Ukraine

    Monday, September 2, 2019

    Master European Studies alumna Hanna Novosad has been appointed as Education Minister.

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    MA European Studies alum Virginijus Sinkevičius nominated as European Commissioner

    Monday, August 26, 2019

    The Lithuanian parliament approved the nomination of Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius for European commissioner.

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