Now that European borders are fading, there is a growing demand on the international labour market for graduates who know from personal experience what it means to study and work in an international environment. People for whom the political and economic structures in Europe have no secrets; professionals who can manage cultural differences and who can be widely employed because of their extensive knowledge in the fields of strategic communication in a public and/or private environment. Professionals who can also communicate fluently in various European languages. Although it may be hard to believe that all of this is covered in just one study programme, this is just so in European Studies.
To prepare you even better for the international labour market, to offer you an international learning environment and to facilitate a possible transfer to an interesting Master's programme abroad, European Studies is fully taught in English. After completing this four-year (full-time) study programme, you will have a Bachelor's degree in European Studies.
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You can apply until:
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The European Studies programme starts with a propaedeutic phase meant for orientation and selection. It covers the courses, areas and skills a European Professional should know. Moreover, a solid knowledge of several languages plays an essential role. This is why you will study three European languages during at least the first two years of the European Studies programme. Europe is the binding element in all these courses. The programme will be continued in Year 2 where you deepen your knowledge.
As you will be trained in conducting presentations, debating, interviewing and (copy) writing, your communicative skills will reach a high level. You will also develop your social skills because of the many group assignments in the European Studies programme. The curriculum offers you a well balanced mix of lectures, group activities, project work and individual assignments.
Project-based work is considered very important at the department of European Studies. Regularly, students work in groups on realistic projects, which require sound project management skills. Team-working skills and theoretical knowledge are developed via these projects, which have an international character.
There are two projects in Year 1: the MATCH project and the FOCUS project. During the MATCH project students will learn how to Manage A Team Competently and Harmoniously. During the FOCUS project student teams will write a plan for the organisation of an international event. The results will be presented before an external jury of experts. The members of the jury will assess each team's plan as well as its presentation skills. The winning team will receive the European Studies Focus Trophy.
After completing the first year, a certificate for the propedeutic phase is awarded.
During your second year of studies, you will continue with the subjects you started in year 1. Project-based work is also considered very important at the department of European Studies. In almost every 10-week block, students work in groups on realistic projects, which require sound project management skills. Team-working skills and theoretical knowledge are developed via these projects, which often have an international character.
At the end of the second year you also have to choose your specialisation: Communication and Public Policy, or Communication and International Business.
These are the projects that are currently offered in the department of European Studies during the second year:
In your third year of studies, you first participate in an international study exchange at one of our many partner universities abroad. This study abroad semester greatly contributes to the development of your international orientation.
In order to enable you to take part in these exchanges, Zuyd University has signed many bilateral agreements with partner universities in the European Union and Turkey. Zuyd University also participates in the Magellan Exchange programme, a consortium of EU and US/Mexican universities. As a result of these agreements, students can study abroad without paying extra tuition fees to the foreign university.
In the second semester of Year 3, the focus is on subjects related to the stream of your choice: Communication and Public Policy, or Communication and International Business. Next to that, two foreign languages are studied.
In the first 10 weeks of Year 4, the courses of your specialisation and the chosen languages are offered. Besides, there is a training on how to enter the labour market. In the second block, students must choose a Minor subject and in the second semester students do an internship, during which you will work on a final research project and a practical assignment under the supervision of the company or organisation concerned.
These assignments and/or research projects should have an international dimension, which requires a strong theoretical basis. Instead of this final project, excellent students can also choose to follow a pre-master at Maastricht University.
You need the following IELTS score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
Students who want to be enrolled in the European Studies programme should be flexible and prepared to accept the challenge of studying (abroad) with people of many different cultural backgrounds. In order to successfully complete the study programme, you should be mature enough to live in a foreign country.
In co-operation with NUFFIC, The Netherlands' Organization for International Co-operation in Higher Education, European Studies will assess the value of foreign diplomas.
Generally speaking a secondary school diploma (e.g. vwo, havo, Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or International Baccalaureate diploma) will give access to our study programme.Candidates will have to prove that they have a good command of the English language. EU/EEA students with a foreign diploma can be admitted when they passed English as an examination subject. Non-EU/EEA students are required to take an IELTS or TOEFL test (IELTS score needs to be at least 6, a computer-based TOEFL score at least 213). Next to that, you will have to prove that you have advanced knowledge of the second language you choose (at least at B1 level) and if your third language is German or French, at least at A2 level (CEFR). For Spanish or Dutch as a third language there are no prerequisites.
Do not forget to check the immigration regulations imposed by the Dutch authorities. Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a visa (MVV) for The Netherlands. This can be a time-consuming and expensive process. You are urgently advised to start your application process well in advance to avoid disappointment. Currently a visa and residence permit for non-EU citizens costs around the 433 euros.
In principle, applications for enrolment should be in our possession before 1 July (non-EU/EEA students before 1 June).
Admission for Dutch students
In order to be admitted to the preliminary year of the European Studies programme, students who attended secondary education in The Netherlands, must have obtained one of the following diplomas:
• HAVO (vernieuwde tweede fase)
Tuition fees for Dutch and other EU citizens amount to €1984. Non-EU citizens will be charged a higher amount. For further details, please visit the programme website.
Excellent international students can apply for a Zuyd Excellence Scholarship, which will offer them a net discount on the tuition fee of €3,600 per year. Because of the limited number of scholarships available, students are selected on the basis of their academic performance and motivation.
The coordinator of the study programme concerned or the Dean of the faculty will determine which students are eligible for these scholarships. In order to secure the continuation of the scholarship during the entire study at Zuyd, the study performance will be monitored and evaluated annually.
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