European Studies: International Relations

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.

International Relations is one specialisation of the Master European Studies. Discover also our other specialisations:

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Gil Kaufman was born in Israel but raised in Italy, he has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Trento and decided to come to Maastricht for a master’s programme in European Studies. “During my bachelor’s programme I discovered that my passion really lies with Europe and European politics. It’s my dream goal to work in Brussels for a EU institute, like the European Parliament orthe European Commission. In my opinion, the best route to achieve that is by coming here and study at FASoS. It’s a place where you immediately feel at home. I love the mix of people in my programme which results in multi-faceted debates, especially if politics come into it! And due to the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method, everyone gets the chance to shine. The combination of the topics in my programme, the international environment, practical skills, small groups and interaction makes it a very interesting life experience. To me, this is ‘a home away from home’!”

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Gil Kaufman, Ambassador Master European Studies 2018-2019

“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.”

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  • 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


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

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    Monday, August 26, 2019

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

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  • Jeroen Lenaers

    FASoS alumnus Jeroen Lenaers re-elected to European Parliament

    Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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