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.”

UM Master's Open Day 16 March 2019


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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 16 March 2019.

  • 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


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    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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      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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    • Happy Valentine’s Day! Come to the Banditos garden to share your thoughts about love! We are handing out candy hearts to spread the love at FASoS! ❤️ @ Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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