Skills and Careers
Languages and Intercultural Dialogue
The Languages and Intercultural Dialogue centre in Natolin is active both before and during the academic year. In the summer, the Summer Language Academy is designed to cultivate confidence and competency in the classroom, particularly engaging students with the aim of bringing their level to the stated College of Europe minimum.
During the academic year, the centre offers complementary language courses in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian and Arabic. Throughout their duration, students not only learn about the language structure, but also gain knowledge about the cultures and customs of the countries where these languages are spoken. The Languages and Intercultural Dialogue centre also organises two exam sessions every year for all interested students of the College of Europe in Natolin, regardless of whether they attend language classes or not. Students successfully passing these exams are awarded with a certificate confirming their level of language proficiency. These certificates are recongised by, among others, institutions such as the European Commission or Frontex.
Careers and Professional Development Office
The Natolin Careers and Professional Development Office complements the academic programme with on-site, made-to-measure support and guidance in helping to shape the students’ professional paths.
Its mission is to provide students with relevant and practical career management tools, including a thorough understanding of their own strengths and competences, an overview of the job market, an ability to set realistic career goals, all backed with a smart CV, a credible social media profile, well-written covering letters and solid interview skills.
These aims are achieved primarily through:
- One-to-one career tutorials or small group meet ups that cover topics from career planning, diagnosis of strengths and key competences, CV and cover letter writing to job interview simulations.
- Professional skills workshops:
- Project management
- Emotional intelligence
- Teamwork and leadership
- Debating and argumentation skills
- EPSO competition training
The office offers various opportunities for networking:
- Meet the Professionals: opportunities to meet with alumni and other representatives of the public and private sectors, in order to gain a better understanding of the working environment and to help with career planning.
- Alumni reunions: of which an integral part are the Career Sessions, where a panel of alumni shares their career insights, professional experience and advice to the soon to be graduates.
The Natolin Library holds a collection of over 45,000 books covering all the subjects taught on the campus and many more. It also boasts a large periodicals collection on European Affairs and an extensive collection of electronic and data resources.
In addition, it offers a wide range of user services: book acquisition and loans; document delivery services; interlibrary loans; photocopying, downloading and printing; reference services; fixed network access points and wireless access. A highly equipped computer room is accessible via the library which offers internet, e-mail, word-processing and other software facilities to students of the College. Moreover, students at Natolin are able to access the full catalogues of the library in Bruges and order books and articles by arrangement with the library staff.
For more information visit the College of Europe website.