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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      Students of the 3rd years ES course ‘European Environment’ work on self-selected research projects in which they study a self-selected environmental issue to probe such entanglements. They will present their results at a workshop which takes place on 22 October, from 10.00-18.00 at FASoS.

      Other FASoS (prospective) students who are interested in joining the workshop can contact the organiser Dr Jens Lachmund. Please note that places are limited. More information:

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      Between 15 and 22 October, the University Library and Match collect coats for homeless people and people living in poverty. Coats can be donated from the 15th to the 22nd of October in the halls of the two University libraries. The action is part of the initiative 'Give a coat and warm a heart' of the foundation Samen voor Maastricht.

      The coats are donated to Dress for success, Foundation de Gouwe, Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland, Quiet Community Maastricht, the Voedselbank (Food Bank), Goodwill, the Doorgeefwinkel and the Salvation Army. According to the Samen voor Maastricht foundation, the number of homeless people, adults and children on the edge of society in Maastricht and surroundings is increasing. And living on the streets with a limited social network is tough.

      The collected coats are sorted and distributed in the MECC on Friday 26 October.

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      It’s a wrap! The end of a very successful open day! 🎈#UMBOD18 #maastrichtuniversity #fasosmaastricht

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