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.

Study at FASoS during COVID-19

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The past few months the world has been dominated by the covid-19 crisis. The impact of the coronavirus on society has been huge and as some parts of the world are slowly re-opening their societies, it becomes clear that special measures need to be taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment.
We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the new academic year will look 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 will look like at the beginning of the next academic year.

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FASoS ambassadors honingraat 2019-2020

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Ida-Susanna Pöllänen, Student Ambassador European Public Affairs

Ida is from Finland, has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Warsaw, Poland, and decided to come to Maastricht for the master’s programme European Public Affairs. “I’ve always been passionate about EU relations and I just knew my master’s studies would have to be EU related. Maastricht University is very popular in Finland due to its high ranking and reputation. In fact, during my bachelor’s in Warsaw, I met quite a few people that had studied at Maastricht University. I came to the Master’s Open Day and knew for sure this programme was the best fit for me. Other deciding factors were also that it is a one-year master’s programme, the opportunities for the internship, and that we get professional skills’ training, since employers nowadays simply expect you to have them when you start your career. My dream ambition is to work for Finland in a EU environment, either in the security sector of public affairs or working on defence policies. To that end, I will first join the Finnish army after I graduate, to learn more about the army and all the aspects involved in that.”

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Ida-Susanna Pöllänen, Ambassador European Public Affairs 2019-2020

“Combining my master’s degree with my future army experience will give me the perfect basis for my dream career.”

Master's Open Day March 2019


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.

  • “If you want to prepare for a career in Brussels in whatever EU role you aspire, European Public Affairs is an ideal starting point.”
    Ilaria Piovesan, Student Ambassador European Public Affairs 2018-2019
  • I deliberately put myself in challenging situations and it’s nice to experience progress in a stimulating environment.
    William Dello Stritto, Student ambassador European Public Affairs 2017-2018
  • “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


  • Jesper Daniek Saman

    FASoS alumnus Jesper Daniek Saman speaker at UM Alumni Day 2019

    Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    Jesper is an European Public Affairs alumnus and talks about "The story behind his success".


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