European Public Affairs

Would you like to understand the European dimensions of governance? Do you hope to be a policymaker, tackling transnational problems and implementing transnational solutions? Or would you like to find new ways as a public affairs professional or lobbyist to get your issues on the agenda and influence policymakers? If you have the interest and the motivation, we can offer you the knowledge and the skills to succeed. 


The master's programme in European Public Affairs provides advanced professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making. You will learn to think in European terms and will gain practical experience working in international teams to solve European policy problems from a multidisciplinary perspective. This will prepare you for an excellent career in European public affairs and public service.

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William Dello Stritto, Student Ambassador European Public Affairs

William Dello Stritto is from Belgium, he has a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of Maastricht and decided to stay in Maastricht for the master’s programme in European Public Affairs. “I have a genuine passion for European affairs and craved more in-depth knowledge after my bachelor’s degree. I also considered the Public Policy and Administration track of the European Studies master’s programme but decided for European Public Affairs because it’s my dream to live and work in Brussels. For a career in European or EU-related public service this master’s is a prerequisite. For me, coming to Maastricht University has been a life-changing decision. Thanks to the Problem-Based Learning environment and the small-scale study environment, I have not only acquired valuable academic skills but have also grown as a person in so many ways. I’m very excited and enthusiastic about my life here and about the programme. I have classmates with very different backgrounds and nationalities, which provides interesting angles for discussions.”

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“I deliberately put myself in challenging situations and it’s nice to experience progress in a stimulating environment.”

  • “For me it’s very important to be given the chance to be part of something and to really participate in debates and discussions.”
    Ivan Rahov, Student Ambassador European Public Affairs 2016-2017
  • I wrote a position paper about the cross-border labour market and organised a work conference for 100 participants on the difficulties of cross-border labour
    Lisanne Wessels (The Netherlands), European Public Affairs


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      In 2018 the International Mother Language Day will be celebrated on 21 February. The celebration is in cooperation with the Veldeke Mestreech foundation, which strives for the promotion of the Maastricht dialect. Because UM respects all mother languages, and therefore also the Maastricht dialect, all international students are invited to translate one specific Maastricht dialect sentence into their own language.

      UM invites students to translate the following sentence into their mother language: “Gruuts op mien Moojertaol!” (In English: “Proud of my Mother Language!”) You can send your translation to: info[at]veldekemestreech[dot]nl.

      Please mention which country you come from and in which language you have translated the sentence.

      Maastricht University and Veldeke will spread all translations of the Maastricht sentence on posters throughout the city.

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      Are you going to the "Swinging Christmas Sing-a-long"? 🎄🎤 This Saturday 16 December, Leona Philippo (winner of the Voice of Holland 2012) will take the stage during the official opening of the "Magisch Cultuur Festival".

      Where: Onze Lieve Vrouweplein
      When: Saturday 16 December between 17.30 - 18.30
      Entrance: Free

      'Swinging Christmas Sing-a-Long' | Opening Magisch Cultuur Festival
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      🎬 The man who needs no introduction: Johny Coninx, one of the receptionists at FASoS. Get to know more about Johny and his love for Italy by pressing play. 🙂 ▶️

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