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Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, BA, European Studies


Study mode Start date Duration Fee international Fee UK/ EU Fee study period Year of study
Full-time Sep years: 4 €9900 €2168 Academic year 2021 - 2022

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.

European Studies 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. Project-based work is considered very important in the European Studies. Regularly, students work in groups on realistic projects. Team-working skills and theoretical knowledge are developed via these projects, which have an international character.

With regard to exchange opportunities - in 3rd year, half year exchange programme at one of 75 partner universities abroad (in EU, USA, Asia, or Latin America) is a great chance for students to improve their knowledge. 5 months in 4th year in international company or institute is included in this programme as an internship.

The possible career paths for the graduates include International Networker, Lobbyist, Communication advisor, International Project Manager, Staff member at the European Parliament/House of Representatives / Ministry / Embassy, Communication Officer, Spokesperson, etc.

What will you learn?

In a European context you will be working in a group on tasks that are derived from the professional field. These tasks entail providing strategic communication and policy advice, developing the associated plans, organising events and representing an organisation.

You will be provided with knowledge to carry out these tasks and you will: 

  • learn about the foundations of Europe, by studying how major events in history, politics and cultures have shaped the European continent.
  • learn about the European institutions, policy making and culture and the impact it had and has on national and local governments, society and companies
  • develop your communication skills. You will develop your communication skills and you may choose to specialise in French, German or Spanish.


At European Studies team work is a substantial part of the programme and leads to developing your team-working, practical, organisational and communication skills in these European projects.

Help with studying in the Netherlands

On the website of MyMaastricht, https://mymaastricht.nl/, you will find all the information you need to know. Info on finances, health, housing, transport and more can be found here.

Chat with European Studies students

Do you have questions about the study programme of European Studies? Would you like to know how current students experience their study, living in Maastricht or what job they would like to pursue when they have graduated? On our website, you can chat with our students and ask them all of your questions: https://www.zuyd.nl/en/programmes/european-studies

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Zuyd is based in Heerlen, Sittard, and Maastricht. The university has eleven locations in these cities. Its strategic location in Europe (on the border with Belgium and Germany) offers unique opportunities for students and businesses. Big cities like Aachen, Cologne, Brussels and Antwerp can all be reached within an hour. This facilitates getting an international internship at one of the numerous international businesses or doing an exchange program at one of its partner universities in the region.