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.”

UM Master's Open Day 16 March 2019


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  • 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


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      “For me as a teacher the small-scale aspect is very rewarding. In such an environment you are able to focus on each student’s individual needs. You get to know them, you can optimise their learning strategy and offer help where help is needed. I love it when I see my students grow and witness their development. It’s easy to keep in touch after their graduation, obviously starting with the ones who stay on at UM for a PhD or who work at think tanks or EU institutions in Brussels. In the end you are all part of this special little club. This bond is quite unique and can prove very helpful throughout our students’ careers. It’s something I cherish.” - Read the entire interview with Dr Giselle Bosse here:

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      Thank you for helping us to spread the love today FASoS students! 🌹👏🏻💕

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      Our second story today is the one of Anni and Wiebke. Two best friends who also met each other at FASoS! 💕 “Wiebke and I initially met in one of the very first courses, Academic Research and Writing year 1 period 1 of the BA ES. I didn't think much of her in the beginning honestly: just another of many freshly hatched Abitur-graduates from Germany like myself, and quickly formed other friendships. Then something changed. I can't pin-point it, can't really remember it. For some reason, I began hanging out with Wiebke more often. Wiebke is a Gemini through and through: Her passion for international relations matches her love for baking. She greets every morning with a fierce determination to get one step closer to graduation. Once she arrives home, she unquestioningly prepares dinner for me at my mere mention that I am still at the library, and ravenously hungry.
      When a room in my house became vacant it seemed that we were meant to expand the boundaries of our friendship. I think of us now as a platonic team, seemingly as strong as any romantic relationship. We share more than just four walls now. She cooks for me, I save her from spiders on her balcony. She welcomes me to her parents' home for Christmas, I read over nearly all of her papers before submission. She reminds me of deadlines, I surprise her with Glühwein in her kitchen cabinet. We're there for each other as concert companions, shopping advisers, window washers, study buddies. This Valentine's Day I want to take the opportunity to thank Wiebke for her consistent and nurturing friendship. At times, I still don't understand you. Where does your seemingly unnatural excitement for Kitchen Aids originate from? Why do you know so much about coal mining? When will you stop romanticizing Christmas?! I am looking forward to many more years of friendship to find the answers to these questions.” – Anni Schleicher, BA European Studies student

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