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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Ilaria Povesan, Student Ambassador European Public Affairs

Ilaria Piovesan is from Italy, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in European Law from Maastricht University and decided to stay in Maastricht for the master’s programme in European Public Affairs. “I always wanted to study abroad, because I’m attracted to an international atmosphere. That’s why I looked at Maastricht University as my first choice. I knew someone from high school who was studying here and he also spoke very favourably about UM. During my bachelor in European Law I discovered that I was actually more interested in the policy-making side of law and started to look for a broader perspective on regulation and policy-making. In this particular master’s programme I found what I was looking for. Besides the thorough academic training we receive, we’re also trained as professionals with lots of practical skills. I’m really enjoying it, especially the guest lectures from people working at EU institutes. I’m also impressed by the friendliness and cooperative atmosphere here, even in contacts with distinguished professors from different faculties.”

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Ilaria Povesan, Ambassador Master European Public Affairs 2018-2019

“If you want to prepare for a career in Brussels in whatever EU role you aspire, European Public Affairs is an ideal starting point.”

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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 30 November 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