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After graduation

As a European Studies graduate, you will have developed unique academic abilities relevant to a career in your specific subject area, as well as a range of employment opportunities where a critical, curious, and independent disposition is essential. With a Bachelor’s degree in hand, you can choose to enrol in a related Master’s programme or take your first steps on the job market. Learn more about your opportunities below.

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After the Bachelor's in European Studies

What are the options after the Bachelor’s programme? This video will shed light on suitable Master’s programmes and career possibilities.

Career opportunities

Experts on Europe are needed in practically every sector of society. This might be the corporate sector or an organisation lobbying the European Union in Brussels on behalf of a national cultural institution or local government. As a European Studies graduate, you will be ideally suited to positions where there is a demand for the ability to combine knowledge of multiple disciplines, language and culture. As you have developed a strong international orientation, your options need not be limited to the European job market.

Our graduates hold positions in:

  • European institutions such as the European Commission, the Council of Europe and OSCE;
  • International business and consultancy; 
  • National government bodies such as ministries and municipalities;
  • Intergovernmental organisations, such as the United Nations (UN);
  • Political parties, lobby groups and NGO's; 
  • Research or policy advice;
  • Newspapers and other Media, Publishing, and Cultural Industries. 
UvA Alumnus Sjors
Meet Sjors Roeters. He studied European Studies and Literary Studies at the UvA. After graduation he became a journalist and is now writing his own book. See his inspiring story about graduating and looking for a job.

A related Master's programme

Most students enrol in a Master’s programme to acquire broader or more specialised academic knowledge. The UvA offers over 150 one-, one and a half- and two-year Master’s programmes, many of which are taught in English. With a Bachelor's degree in European Studies, you may be eligible for admission to the one-year (60 EC) Master's programmes:

Copyright: Wouter Zweers
I have gained substantive knowledge during both my Bachelor's and Master's that still comes in handy, for example about the functioning of the EU and the history of European integration. Wouter Zweers, alumnus European Studies Read the interview

You may also gain access to a Dual Master's programme: a one and a half-year (90 EC) professional programme that incorporates an internship placement:

If you have a strong interest in research, you can apply a two-year (120 EC) Research Master's. A selection procedure applies to all Research Master's programmes.

Your diploma is not a farewell

After graduating, you don't have to say goodbye to the University of Amsterdam! We are happy to help you develop your career. You can join the young alumni programme, which will assist you in mapping out your career. And as an alumnus, you can also still use the Student Careers Centre.