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Bachelor in European Studies

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

Bachelor in 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 who can communicate fluently in various European languages; 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 international communication. 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.

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Admission requirements

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).

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 €433.

In principle, applications for enrolment should be in our possession before 1 July (non-EU/EEA students before 1 June).

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Program content

Wide range of courses

You will also be taking a wide range of courses, for example, Intercultural Communication, European Law, Politics, International Organizations, and Public Affairs. Europe is the binding element in all these courses. 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. The programme offers you a well-balanced mix of lectures, group activities, project work and individual assignments.

Exchange and internship

In the third year, you will study abroad for one semester at one of our international partner universities. Zuyd University of Applied Sciences has an extensive network of partners in various countries. In the fourth year, you round off your study programme by doing an international internship in a European context. Examples of possible internship providers are:

  • European Institutions
  • European, national or local governmental organizations
  • NGOs and IGOs
  • Embassies and consulates

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Two languages

You will study two European languages. English is compulsory for everyone. As your second language, you can choose French, German or Spanish. If you choose Spanish as your second language, no prior knowledge of the language is required. You will get a practical, hands-on approach to the language training that makes you able to express yourself fluently, both orally and in writing. Every language course also discusses the culture in the areas in which this language is spoken. Doing business with a Frenchman or negotiating with an Englishman, it makes a world of difference!


  • EU students: EUR 2,143 per year
  • Non-EU students: EUR 9,500 per year

Career paths

  • International networker
  • Lobbyist
  • Communication advisor
  • International project manager
  • Staff member at the European Parliament/House of Representatives/Ministry/Embassy
  • Spokesperson, etc.

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You find Zuyd University of Applied Science in the southernmost part of the Netherlands, wedged between Germany and Belgium. Discover this crossroads of countries, cultures and languages, where an international and vibrant learning environment awaits. The European capitals of Amsterdam,...

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Why study at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Zuyd offers in Maastricht five bachelor and seven master programs that are taught in English. It is an open invitation for you to immerse yourself in a truly international environment, with fellow students from all corners of the world. Experience and celebrate cultural diversity like you’ve never done before, both inside and outside the classroom. You will have the time of your life.

Zuyd’s strengths:

  • Personal and welcoming community
  • Interactive learning in small groups
  • Informal approach of lecturers with first-hand business experience
  • Intensive academic support as part of the education system
  • Modern and fully equipped facilities

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Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Brusselseweg 150
6217 HB Maastricht

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