Master

European Studies

How can we understand the EU’s response to the financial crisis or to the confrontation between Ukraine and Russia? How do we account for the EU’s reaction to the refugee crisis provoked by conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa? What is Europe’s peacekeeping role and capacity? The master's programme in European Studies trains you to answer these complex questions. Because you cannot study Europe from just one angle, the programme examines global developments and multi-level governance in a broader context, combining political science, history, international relations, economics and cultural studies. This student-centred, interdisciplinary programme is among the largest, and certainly the most international, in Europe and has an excellent reputation. You will study the internal and external dimensions of European policy, governance and administration. The focus is on the underlying issues of power and influence, governance and culture within the European milieu and between Europe and the wider world.

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Gil Kaufman, Student Ambassador Master European Studies

Gil Kaufman was born in Israel but raised in Italy, he has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Trento and decided to come to Maastricht for a master’s programme in European Studies. “During my bachelor’s programme I discovered that my passion really lies with Europe and European politics. I chose the specialisation Public Policy and Administration because it’s my dream goal to work in Brussels for a EU institute, like the European Parliament orthe European Commission.. In my opinion, the best route to achieve that is by coming here and study at FASoS. It’s a place where you immediately feel at home. I love the mix of people in my programme which results in multi-faceted debates, especially if politics come into it! And due to the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method, everyone gets the chance to shine. The combination of the topics in my programme, the international environment, practical skills, small groups and interaction makes it a very interesting life experience. To me, this is ‘a home away from home’!”

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Gil Kaufman, Ambassador Master European Studies 2018-2019

“For me, this master’s programme is an ideal steppingstone for a future career in Brussels, preferably working for the European Commission or the European Parliament.”

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  • With my knowledge of banking, finance, international relations and politics, I can see myself in an international organisation like the World Bank or IMF, but perhaps also in politics itself.
    Manuel Rauscher, Student ambassador European Studies 2017-2018
  • During my Bachelors studies, I became interested in politics and international relations. After doing my minor in European Studies, I realised that that was the programme for me.
    David Kaik, European Studies
  • “I always wanted to show the world that I can leave an imprint on society.”
    Siebe Geerts, Student Ambassador European Studies 2016-2017
  • We went on a two-day trip to Brussels and spoke to Business Europe, one of the biggest lobby groups there
    Frank Mütze (The Netherlands), European Studies

News

  • europa vredestichter

    The EU as peacemaker

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    It may come as a surprise that a core task of the European Union is to promote peace and security in crisis areas around the world. But why does it do this, and what is it aiming to achieve?

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  • Christiane Barth

    Patrick Bijsmans and FASoS alumna Christiane Barth publish thesis research

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Patrick Bijsmans and FASoS alumna Christiane Barth (MA in European Studies) have just published Christiane's thesis research in the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemporary European Studies

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  • Sinkevicius

    FASoS alumnus appointed as Economy Minister Lithuania

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite on Monday appointed Virginijus Sinkevicius, chairman of the parliamentary Economic Committee and a member of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Green Union, as the country's economy minister.

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