B.A. European Studies

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  • 48 months
  • EUR7200 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
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Zuyd University of Applied Sciences | Maastricht, Netherlands
European Studies in Maastricht is the right choice of study for you if this has aroused your interest, because it is the perfect preparation for a successful career in an international working environment. Browse through our website, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
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Description of European Studies

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.

European Studies in Maastricht is the right choice of study for you if this has aroused your interest, because it is the perfect preparation for a successful career in an international working environment. Browse through our website, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Languages and Culture

European Studies is fully taught in English. This should prepare you even better for the international labour market, as well as offer you an international learning environment and facilitate a possible transfer to an interesting Master's programme abroad.

A solid knowledge of several languages is essential for a European professional. This is why you will study three European languages during the first two years of the programme. The first compulsory language is English. As your second and third language you can choose two out of the following languages: French, German, Spanish or Dutch (only for non-Dutch students). If you choose Spanish or Dutch as your third language, no prior knowledge of the language is required.

The language training has a practical, hands-on approach. After completing the European Studies programme you will be able to express yourself fluently, both orally and in writing, in the languages that you have chosen. In addition, every language course also covers the culture of these areas. There is a great difference when doing business with a Frenchman or negotiating with an Englishman, as you may know.

Life after European Studies

Can you see yourself working as a policy advisor for the European Union? Or are you more interested in Marketing and Communication? After you have successfully completed the European Studies programme, the possibilities are almost endless. As a result of the practice-based and diverse programme, our graduates are trained to be flexible and can be employed widely. In this rapidly changing international world, a profound knowledge of foreign languages and management skills is more than welcome.

These are some examples of job opportunities for graduates in our programme:

  • International Networker
  • Lobbyist
  • Communication advisor
  • International Project Manager
  • Staff member at European Parliament/House of Representatives/Ministry/Embassy
  • Marketing and Communication Officer
  • Spokesperson, etc.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1 July (non-EU/EEA students before 1 June)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 7200 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date August  2015 Prospective students commence their studies in late August.
Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Study Programme

European Studies Maastricht is a four-year Bachelor degree study programme, which focuses on a wide range of subjects that are linked to Europe such as communication, culture, law, politics, marketing and foreign languages. European Studies belongs to the Faculty of International Business and Communication, together with three other study programmes: the International Business School, Oriental Languages and Communication and the School of Translation and Interpreting.

Year 1

Foundation programme

The European Studies programme starts with a foundation programme, that 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 our programme. Europe is the binding element in all these courses. The foundation programme will be continued in Year 2.

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.

Projects

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.

Years 2, 3 and 4

Year 2

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:

  • PITSSTOP: Students are to write a marketing communication plan for an existing company planning to introduce a new product or service. Regulations, subsidy possibilities are to be taken into account as well. The plan will be presented before an external jury of experts.
  • VIP: During this project you will develop creativity, organisational skills and initiative. Mixed teams of approximately 6 students will independently organise an afternoon session on a certain 'European' theme, for which they will invite two guest speakers and have to come up with a number of activities that will actively involve the audience, consisting of fellow students.

Year 3

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.

Year 4

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.

International semesters

Study abroad

In their third year of studies, all students of European Studies participate in an international study exchange at one of our many partner universities abroad. This study abroad semester greatly contributes to the international orientation that our graduates develop.

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.

Classes are chosen by the students and approved by the head of the department (on the basis of a learning agreement). Credits obtained abroad are recognized and transferred to the European Studies programme. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) guarantees a smooth transfer process.

Internship

In the fourth and final year of the study programme, the students of European Studies are to take part in an internship. You will work on a final research project and a practical assignment under the supervision of the company or organisation concerned, as well as a European Studies' staff member. These assignments and/or research projects should have an international dimension, which requires a strong theoretical basis. In general, the work placement will take about 18 weeks of 40 hours.

The internship is to reflect the specific profile of one of the streams chosen by the students or a combination of Communication and Public Policy, and Communication and International Business

The internship should have an international dimension and should by preference take place abroad. Students of European Studies have worked for i.e. the Euregion Meuse Rhine, The European Journalism Center, the Regional Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Development Rhine Meuse, Maastricht University, the European Parliament, the Police, Michael Page, NATO, IBM, DSM, The Disney Company, Vogue and many other organisations.

If your company would like to offer an internship to one of our fourth-year students, please contact the Internship Office of the European Studies Department internships.fibc@zuyd.nl.

English Language Requirements

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advise you to

take an IELTS test.

Requirements for European Studies

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 at www.nuffic.nl/immigration. 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)

  • Profiel C&M: no additional requirements
  • Profiel E&M: plus a second modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish)
  • Profiel N&T: plus a second modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish)
  • Profiel N&G: plus a second modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish)

Work Experience for European Studies

No work experience is required.

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