What is Europe and how do we define it? How has history shaped our current understanding of the continent? How has European integration changed Europe? In the bachelor's programme in European Studies, you will work with your fellow students to develop answers to these complex questions. You will explore Europe and European integration using insights and methods from history, political science, international relations, law, economics, philosophy, and sociology. This programme trains you to become a critical thinker who can understand, analyse and explain complex current problems at the European level from various disciplinary perspectives. You can use this expertise to work in European institutions, public administration, management and consultancy.
Why Maria chose to study European Studies in Maastricht
“I took a gap year after high school, so I had plenty of time to think about what I wanted to study. I love history, politics, and languages. I wanted something that combined all these things. And I wanted to study in a very international environment. That’s why I chose to study in Maastricht.
“In my programme there are many nationalities in class. That way, I get to know many perspectives and opinions. The Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method is new to me. In high school the teaching method focuses much on memorizing facts, and I want to develop interpersonal and communication skills. PBL is a great method to develop these skills. In the future I would like to work in one of the EU institutions, so being able to communicate with people from various background will be very important.
“European Studies is a good degree if you are still unsure about your post-study path. It touches on many disciplines, allowing you to figure out the best fit.”
What I like about the programme is the variety of the courses offered and the different lenses through which Europe is looked at.
My goal is to pursue a master’s in Development Studies, because ultimately I would like to work for the EU or an EU-related organisation on the policy side.
Are you curious which of our bachelor’s programmes suits you best? Would you like to know what your career opportunities are after finishing one of our four bachelor’s programmes? Are you still unsure which bachelor’s programme to choose? Below you find a useful tool to compare our bachelor’s programmes in terms of content, student profile, and career prospects.
Are you a prospective student and interested in one of our bachelor's programmes?
We would like to offer you several (online) resources which can give you a feel of what it is like to study at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and provide you with some answers to questions you might have. You can visit a Virtual Open Day, compare our bachelor's programmes or make an online personal appointment for more information about the programme of your choice. You can also register for one of our Experience Days (on campus) or a Q&A session (online).
An Experience Day allows you to experience what it is like to be a student in one of our bachelor's programmes. You will attend a lecture and participate in a tutorial group, accompanied by advanced students who will be happy to answer all your questions. Experience Days are intended for pre-university grammar school students in their last year of study who preferably have visited an Open Day at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Maastricht. More information on the programme of the Experience Day and registration:
|7 February 2024||Arts and Culture, Digital Society, European Studies, Global Studies|
|10 April 2024||Arts and Culture, Digital Society, European Studies|
During our Instagram live Q&A sessions you will be able to talk to our student ambassadors. They will answer all your questions regarding the content of the programme, living and studying in Maastricht and much more. More information and registration:
|15 February 2024||European Studies, Digital Society|
|27 February 2024||Global Studies, Arts and Culture|
Find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, experience our unique approach to teaching, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Bachelor's Open Day is on 24 February 2024.
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