International relations is about the EU as an international player. Trade, energy, the environment, finance, migration, and conflict – some issues are just too big for a single member state to tackle alone. You will look at how different European countries, with their own interests, militaries, and diplomatic corps, come together to deal with common challenges. You will examine the types of ethical and practical issues underpinning international cooperation and conflict. Key themes include international relations theory and foreign policy analysis, insights from political economy, human rights law and other fields. These issues have acquired new urgency with so much turmoil in the world, from the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa to the instability in Ukraine to heightened economic cooperation among the BRICS countries.
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“During my bachelor’s exchange semester I attended courses in political science and developed an interest in international relations and the political angle of economics. I researched master’s programmes abroad that suited my interests, eager to broaden my horizon. This programme was ranked very highly and Maastricht University is one of the most international universities in Europe. Still, it’s fairly small in size and now that I’m actually living here, I find it easy to connect to people because there is this sense of community.
The programme focuses on the role of the European Union in the global arena, foreign policies, how global challenges affect the EU and vice versa. At the same time, it is also about the collaboration between the member states. I am most interested in political economy, also in relation to other main economies and I am inspired by the dynamics of the global economic system. My ambition is to work for an international organisation or a European institute, focusing on trade policies.”
“I’m inspired by the dynamics of the international economic systems, therefore, my goal is to work in an international environment focusing on trade policies.”
Bianca, 22 years old, is from Romania and has a bachelor’s degree in International Business & Economics from the University of Bucharest.
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“I want to contribute to a European perspective on new technologies and their relation to EU politics and society.”
“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.”
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.
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.
“I always wanted to show the world that I can leave an imprint on society.”
We went on a two-day trip to Brussels and spoke to Business Europe, one of the biggest lobby groups there
The past 1,5 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?
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Assem Dandashly, Hylke Dijkstra and Gergana Noutcheva have been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant.
Master European Studies alumna Hanna Novosad has been appointed as Education Minister.
The Lithuanian parliament approved the nomination of Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius for European commissioner.
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