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European Studies
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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. 

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 might be eligible for admission to the one-year (60 EC) Master's programmes:

Wouter Zweers, alumnus European Studies
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 could also opt for a Dual Master's programme: a profession-oriented programme at academic level of one and a half-year (90 EC), including an internship. Due to the limited number of available internships, a strict selection procedure is in place. Admission is not guaranteed. With a Bachelor's degree in European Studies you might be interested in applying for the following Dual Master's programmes:

Students with a strong interest in research can also apply for one of our two-year Research Master's programmes (120 EC). There is a selection process for all Research Master's programmes. Admission is not guaranteed. Selection criteria include, but are not limited to your motivation, study results, thesis, and the content of your Bachelor's programme. With a Bachelor's degree in European Studies you might be interested in applying for the following Research Master's:

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.