In this video, Assistant Professor Pola Cebulak and student Azza Kano discuss frequently asked questions about the Bachelor's programme European Studies.
What is it like to study European Studies at the UvA? What are the main topics? How is the programme structured? These (and more) questions will be answered in this webinar!
See this recording of our March 2022 live Meet and Ask session, in which the European Studies Bachelor's programme is illustrated.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the European Studies programme about exactly?
A broad programme, in which you learn to analyze issues from current affairs in Europe - political, scientific - with a multidisciplinary approach: cultural, economic, legal or historical. We also ask you to specialize in one of these disciplines from your second year, and to register your thesis there. In addition to the EU, we take our understanding of Europe very broadly: we have in-house expertise for the Mediterranean region, Russia, Türkiye, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and are fascinated by the continent's place in a globalizing world.
What does a European classroom look like and what does it mean for me?
You study together with students from all over Europe. Students from all over Europe (and sometimes beyond) take part in every lecture that follows. So you immediately hear how your fellow students with a different background view things. And this often leads to very interesting discussions. So you not only study Europe, but experience what it is like to be active in a European context. So you learn from each other and you gain important intercultural skills unnoticed.
Part of this programme is learning a foreign language. In addition, you study in a multilingual community of students - even if you study the NL-track. Furthermore, a significant proportion of our students come from the rest of Europe or beyond. Finally, a large proportion of our students move into Europe, on Erasmus, or beyond Global Exchange. All these things together show what we stand for: looking beyond borders, learning to place local issues in a broader geographic and historical perspective, being able to think and work intercultural.
Can you choose the new language you will study by yourself? Which languages can you choose from?
Yes. You can choose from almost 20 different languages, namely: Arabic, Catalan, Danish, German, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Modern Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Spanish, Czech, Swedish or Turkish.
What makes Amsterdam the perfect city to study European Studies?
Amsterdam is a global village, and above all a European village: multilingualism is rampant here. During various courses, our study programme also seeks contact and cooperation with the city.
Can you do an internship during the programme?
Yes, that is possible. In the third year you have 30 EC free electives to complete, for example with an internship. Our students do internships at Dutch embassies all over the world. Furthermore, there are often internships in Brussels, at organizations and platforms affiliated with the EU. Local governments, such as the municipality of Amsterdam, are also popular, as are social organizations in the broadest sense and cultural institutions, such as museums and international festivals for literature and performing arts.
After my Bachelor’s, what are the options and where could I work after graduating?
Our students choose masters that help them further specialize in law, history, economics, culture, or political science. Then they end up in very different places: governments at all levels (municipality, province, national, and yes, European), businesses that work across the border or participate in European tenders, NGOs and foundations ranging from human rights to environmental policy; program makers for media, cultural institutions and festivals, arts funds.
European Studies has so much more variety than other programmes, and gives me the chance to learn Arabic, which has always been an ambition of mine.Sarah Osei-Bonsu, student of European Studies Read the interview
Do you have any questions about the Bachelor's European Studies? Ask our student Ruben!