The need for European cooperation is increasing. 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. Good communication is needed to do business abroad or to debate on an administrative level. European Studies graduates are European professionals in strategic communication in the public and private domain. Therefore, knowledge of both the public and the private sector and knowledge of other languages and cultures are of great importance. The focus of European Studies is on Europe, but during the study programme you will never close your eyes for the relationship between Europe and the rest of the world.
You will be taking a wide range of courses, for example: Intercultural Communication, European Law, Politics, International Organizations, and Public Affairs. Europe is the binding element in all these courses. As you will be trained in conducting presentations, debating, interviewing and (copy) writing, your communicative skills will reach a high level. You will also develop your social skills because of the many group assignments. The programme offers you a well balanced mix of lectures, group activities, project work and individual assignments.
First and second languages
In addition, you will study three European languages. English is compulsory for everyone. As your first and second language you can choose French, German, Spanish or Dutch for foreigners. If you choose Spanish or Dutch for foreigners as your second language, no prior knowledge of the language is required. You will get a practical, hands-on approach for the language training that makes you able to express yourself fluently, both orally and in writing. Every language course also discusses the culture in the areas in which this language is spoken. Doing business with a Frenchman or negotiating with an Englishman, it makes a world of difference!
During the second year you will choose a specialization:
Communication in the European public domain (CPU) You will be confronted with communication about political and governmental matters at a European and global level. You will broaden your knowledge of subjects like European public affairs and policy research and learn to take a critical look at the European Union, its institutions and the decision making process. Some of the courses are: Decision Making in the EU, Lobbying in the EU, European Regional Policy, Contemporary Political Issues, European Policy Analyses and Public Finance and Subsidy Management.
Communication in the European private domain (CPR) You will find out more about the ways in which companies communicate with their various stakeholders and learn how to develop, execute and evaluate a communication policy. Some of the courses are: International Marketing Communication, Communication Research, Sales Techniques, Social Media Strategies and Public Relations for Marketing.
International Project Manager
Staff member at the European Parliament/House of Representatives/Ministry/Embassy
Marketing and Communication Officer
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