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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William del Stritto, Ambassador European Public Affairs 2017-2018 (2)

“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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      Are you starting your master’s degree in September and are you interested in becoming the next FASoS Student Ambassador? Please PM us your email address and we will send you the vacancy!

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      The UM opens the doors for all its graduates. Join us on Saturday 8 September 2018 for the UM Alumni Day.

      During the day, our best researchers will inform you about their innovative research. Moreover, it will be an opportunity to reminisce about your student years with your old classmates.

      We start the afternoon together during the plenary session at the Minderbroedersberg after which you're free to visit the programme of your choice. Have a look at the programme and sign up via the following link:

      Alumni Day - events - Maastricht University
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      Mark your calendars, because the PAS-festival is back! On 7 & 8 September, Studium Generale, Maastricht University will organise the 5th edition of the festival. Maastricht University will be opening the doors of some of its buildings to anyone with an inquiring mind who wants to be treated to an adventure-packed evening. FASoS' very own singer-songwriter Josh Island will also perform on Friday 7 September. 🎶 Check out the programme via the link below. ⬇️

      PAS-festival 2018 - events - Maastricht University
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