First semester



During the first semester, students familiarize themselves with the legal, economic, geopolitical and historical foundations of European integration by way of an intensive curriculum. They also study EU external relations as well as the specificities of Central and Eastern Europe. The first semester study trip offers a deeper understanding of European identities and a first-hand experience of policies in practice at the EU’s borders. With this background, in the second semester students specialize in a particular area by taking courses in one of four thematic majors.

Students can take advantage of seminars and workshops, which allow them to take a closer look at specific topics. Students are also required to write a Master’s thesis on a topic related to one of the courses they have taken during the first and second semesters.


The study programme is revised annually to ensure continuing excellence and dynamism. For more information visit the College of Europe website.

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