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‘Representation’ and ‘decision-making’ in Europe are the most important themes of European Studies at the UvA. How do Europeans view themselves? Which structures were, and still are, responsible for ensuring political, legal and economic harmony within Europe? At the UvA European culture is given a prominent place in the curriculum; offered is a Master’s in Eastern European Studies and a broad array of European language programmes.


European Studies research is interdisciplinary and transnational, and places emphasis on collective identity and intellectual heritage. Europe is primarily explored in four distinct clusters:

  • Cultural history and national identity
  • Eastern European Studies
  • European integration
  • Idea and identity of Europe