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European Studies

Maastricht University

Bachelor Undergraduate Maastricht

Course description

Qualification Bachelor of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary European Studies examines the political, historical, social and cultural aspects of European integration. A three-year, English-language programme with a strong interdisciplinary character.
Course description The bachelor's programme in European Studies is for students with a broad interest in the political, historical, social and cultural aspects of the ongoing process of European integration. Both in terms of its content and format, the programme has a distinguished identity. What is unique about our programme is its interdisciplinary nature and international atmosphere. It is impossible to understand European integration from the perspective of only one discipline. Politics, law or economics alone are not enough to solve the European 'puzzle'. Therefore, the European Studies programme has a strong interdisciplinary character, drawing on fields such as: * History * Political sciences * Social sciences * Economics * Law European Studies is a three-year programme taught in English. This study programme is very international with 76% of the students and 42% of the staff coming from abroad.
Study subjects Year 1 focuses on Europe's diversity, including the cultural, social and material dimensions and critical examinations of specific European developments. Year 2 of the programme addresses questions and dilemmas related to European unity, also from a legal perspective. Year 3 emphasises Europe's role in the social, economic and cultural aspects of globalisation. In semester 1 of year 3 you are able to undertake an internship or study abroad. In semester 2 you will write your thesis.
Course objectives European Studies is a three-year bachelor's programme for students with a broad interest in the political, historical, social and cultural aspects of Europe and the on-going process of European integration. With ES you will experience, first hand, the spirit of European Integration.
ECTS credits 180.00
Duration 36 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes oral presentation, internship, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, group assignment, portfolio, group discussion, poster presentation, individual assignment, self study, seminar
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Information about the institution Maastricht University (UM), the most international university in the Netherlands, stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook.


Admission requirements
  1. The bachelor's programme European Studies is taught in English. An active and passive command of English is therefore necessary. If you finished your secondary education in a non–EU/EEA country and are not a native English speaker, you must submit the official results of either an IELTS test (minimum score 6.0) or TOEFL (computer-based minimum score 213; internet-based minimum score 80; paper-based minimum score 550). If you finished your secondary education in an EU/EEA country you will not have to do an English language test.
  2. If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma you are in principle admissible to this programme. If your diploma is not included in the overview of equivalent diplomas, it must first be evaluated by the Admissions Office.
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6
TOEFL computer based 79
TOEFL internet based 79
TOEFL paper based 550
Professional experience required -
Duration 36 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 May 2020 1 Apr 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 May 2021 1 Apr 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2143€ 8000€ 8000

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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