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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Elvine Miala, Student Ambassador European Public Affairs

“During my previous studies I was in Strasbourg and became familiar with European law. It made me realise I was more interested in social and political sciences and everything that happens behind the scenes that has so much impact on citizens. I wanted to be involved in this field and went in search of a master’s programme that would fill in the remaining gaps in my knowledge.

My goal is to become a diplomat and with this master’s I am learning all about the European angle. It is unique in its contents and very selective with only thirty students, all with different backgrounds. The programme gives you a profound knowledge of the workings of the European Union, the European Parliament and all the actors and factors involved. You learn how to lobby, how to stay up-to-date and how to do research.

My goal is to work for the European Union, gaining more experience and ultimately work as a diplomat for Belgium or wherever they need me in the world. I have a passion for debating, which is very useful in a role as diplomat.”

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Elvine Miala, Ambassador MA European Public Affairs 2020-2021

“My passion for debating comes in useful, since it is my ultimate goal to work as a diplomat.”

Elvine, 25 years old, comes from Belgium and has a bachelor’s degree in Rechts- praktijk (Notary Practice) from the University of Ghent. She also has a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Antwerp.

UM Campus Tour

Are you about to start your Master's programme at Maastricht University? Our UM Campus Tour offers prospective students who wish to start in September 2021 the opportunity to explore the city, our faculty buildings and facilities for students. Discover and learn what it is like to live and study in our vibrant city.

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 20 November 2021.

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  • “Combining my master’s degree with my future army experience will give me the perfect basis for my dream career.”
    Ida-Susanna Pöllänen, Student Ambassador European Public Affairs 2019-2020
  • “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

Study at FASoS during COVID-19

FASoS HvT achterzijde

The past year the world has been dominated by the covid-19 crisis. The impact of the coronavirus on society has been huge and special measures have been taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment. We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What does 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.

Education at FASoS remains online for the remainder of the academic year 2020-2021. Please visit our information page for more details.


  • 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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