MA Euroculture


Program Description

Why is it hard for many people to identify as Europeans? Where does the recent rise in Euroscepticism come from? And how does Europe protect its minorities?

Euroculture offers great opportunities if you are interested in understanding—and shaping—today's Europe. Our two-year master's program is ideal for students who understand that Europe's future will be shaped not only by economics and politics, but also by struggles over identities, values, and heritage. Our MA program will equip you with the tools to understand the vital interplay between culture and politics in European society.

With an interdisciplinary approach that combines courses from at least two leading European universities with an internship and hands-on skills training, Euroculture prepares you to make a difference in careers like diplomacy, international business, research, journalism, cultural management, and European administration.

Selected by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Programme of Excellence, Euroculture is a truly international MA program. In 2017, Euroculture was for the sixth time considered to be a "top" Master Program by Keuzegids, an independent Dutch guide ranking university Programs.

Why study this program in Groningen?

Euroculture in Groningen is proud of being a founding member of the program (1999), and of its achievements as Programme of Excellence. Since 2010 we have been selected as (one of the) best European Studies Programme(s) in the Netherlands (source: Master Keuzegids). Furthermore, the University of Groningen belongs to the global top 100 on the three most important ranking lists ('Shanghai, THE and QS World University Rankings).

The international staff of Euroculture holds doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines, such as history, cultural studies, political science, European law, European studies, and international relations. The academic and research focus in Groningen is the notion of cultural identity and its relation to European integration in all its dimensions. Concepts such as “Europeanisation” and “Citizenship” are important elements in seminars. Trans-Atlantic relations and East Asia feature prominently in Groningen too.

Groningen is also an excellent choice of residence because this university town is lively and pleasant, with about 1 out of 5 inhabitants being a student. For students, there are excellent facilities not only for studying (ICT, library, Placement Office, International Office) but also for sports, entertainment, and leisure.


Year 1

  • Core Fields of European Society & Culture (semester 1)
  • Eurocompetence I: Professional and Academic Skills (semester 1)
  • Semester 2: Abroad (one of the European partner universities)
  • Eurocompetence II: Project Management (semester 2)
  • Intensive Programme (a 7-day summer school taking place at the end of semester 2)


  • The Legal Construction of Europe (5 EC)
  • Cultural History: Domains of European Identity (10 EC)
  • Eurocompetence I (5 EC)
  • The Cultural Construction of Europe (5 EC)
  • The Political Construction of Europe (5 EC)
  • Eurocompetence II (5 EC)
  • Intensive Programme Euroculture (5 EC)
  • Methodology & Theory (10 EC)
  • Research Seminar I: Representing Europe (10 EC, optional)
  • Research Seminar II: Integration Processes in East Asia and in Europe (10 EC, optional)

Year 2

  • Work Placement (Professional Track) or additional Research Seminars (Research Track) (semester 3)
  • Thesis Portfolio (semester 3)
  • Eurocompetence III: Project Application Writing (semester 4)
  • MA thesis (semester 4)


  • Euroculture Internship and Report (25 EC, optional)
  • Master's Thesis Portfolio (5 EC)
  • Eurocompetence III (5 EC)
  • Master's Thesis: Writing and Completion (25 EC)
  • Research Track (25 EC, optional)


In the first semester, students gain multidisciplinary knowledge about the European integration process and attend a practical module (Eurocompetence I). For the second semester, students in Groningen attend a methodology course, Eurocompetence II, and a research seminar. In the third semester, students opt for either a Research or a Professional Track and submit a Thesis Portfolio. The last semester consists of writing a thesis and completing Eurocompetence III (Project or Ph.D. application).

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
  • Maximum of 60 EC

In the first semester, students start in Groningen or one of the seven European partner universities. The program is continued at a second European partner university. For the third semester, students opt for either a work placement (Professional Track), or research courses (Research Track) at either a European university or at any one of the non-European partner institutions (selection applies). The fourth semester is spent at either the first or second university.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch or international diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test

Students should have a sufficient level of English, certified by a CAE, TOEFL or IELTS test.

Minimum scores English test:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: 580; TOEFL Internet-based: 92 (with a minimum score of 20 for all items); TOEFL Computer-Based: 237
  • IELTS: minimum overall score 6.5, with no subcomponent (listening, reading, writing, speaking) scoring lower than 5.5
  • CAE Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1; Cambridge Proficiency in English: C2

If your score is lower than the above-mentioned scores, you are not eligible for the program.

Previous education

Candidates must have completed an academic BA degree in either the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences or in a relevant discipline to Euroculture, e.g: European Studies, History, International Relations, Cultural Studies, Literature, Sociology, Political Sciences, Anthropology, Philosophy, Communication and Media Studies, International/ European Law, Theology.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) C2
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 92

Numerus Fixus

This program has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 25 attendees a year.

Candidates have to apply online on the Consortium website and are assessed by 2 or 3 partner universities of the Consortium.

Each partner university can only admit a maximum of 25 students per semester. If the first preferred university of a student does not have any places left, the eligible candidate will be placed at his/her 2nd or 3rd choice.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 13500 full-time

Amount based on students who receive a standard waiver (available for all EU/EEA students who do not receive a full-covering scholarship, which amounts to €2.500; the waiver is not available to non-EU/EEA students); and who do not opt for the optional insurance (€900 - included in non-EU/EEA fees). You can find the tuition fee that applies to you on our website,

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

A limited number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available. The deadline for scholarship applications is 1 December.

Regular students

The final application deadline for regular students is 1 May (non-EU students are encouraged to apply earlier with regard to the visa procedure). Students are encouraged to apply to earlier deadlines (1 December; 1 March) to secure a position in their first university of choice. Applications coming in after the 1 March deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis. If places are available after the 1 May deadline, applications will then still be evaluated on a rolling basis until the maximum amount of students is reached.

Places fill up quickly for the program in some universities: early applicants have a higher chance of getting a place in the program than later applicants.

Job prospects

Euroculture prepares graduates for professions and research careers where knowledge of contemporary Europe and the European Union institutions are of relevance.

Due to the multi- and interdisciplinary nature of the Euroculture program, its graduates find work in a broad range of sectors where expert knowledge of present Europe and European integration processes is required. A number of our graduates have also undertaken further studies on the doctoral level.

The focus of the program is on cultural and social developments, the political process of European integration, values, citizenship and cultural identity within Europe and its correlations with the wider world. Euroculture teaches students the methods and skills required to identify the European dimensions of social problems, to critically assess and interpret information about European institutions and organizations, and to understand the cultural aspects and factors that play a key role in the process of European identity formation and integration.

Career prospects

Euroculture alumni have found employment in the following areas/organizations:

  • EU institutions
  • International and national organizations (non-governmental, non-profit, foundations)
  • Universities, education, and research institutions
  • Embassies and ministries all over the world
  • Media, journalism, publishing, libraries
  • Cultural (management) organizations
  • Foreign trade organizations
  • Political parties, foundations, and associations
  • City and regional planning, local and regional cultural projects
  • Centers for minorities and minority rights


Our Euroculture staff conducts various research projects in the interdisciplinary field of Euroculture, also within larger projects with the partner universities of the consortium.

The first book in Euroculture Studies published in May 2013

"Europe – Space for transcultural Existence" is the first of a new series of publications “Studies in Euroculture” . The book is jointly edited by Janny de Jong and Margriet van der Waal (Groningen) and Martin Tamcke and Lars Klein (Göttingen). The publisher is Göttingen University Press.

The articles in this publication explore different dimensions of the field of Euroculture: it includes topics such as cosmopolitanism, cultural memory and traumatic past(s), colonial heritage, democratization, and Europeanization as well as the concept of (European) identity in various disciplinary contexts such as law and the social sciences.

The book is available in print and as an online publication.

Students' Research

During the master's program students acquire knowledge in the Euroculture field of research and conduct their own research. These research projects are integrated into the methodology course, the research seminars as well as the master's thesis. Students opting for the Research Track will be trained in writing a Ph.D. application (Eurocompetence III).

The department encourages students to participate in many conferences and symposia in the area of Euroculture and European Studies. The Programme's own main event is the Intensive Programme, a 7-day summer school where all students present their own papers. Since the 2010 IP, the best students' papers have been published annually.

  • Euroculture Staff: profiles and research
  • Janny de Jong (Department of History)
  • James Leigh (Department of History of Government & Politics in modern times, Department of Euroculture)
  • Ine Megens (Department of History)
  • Herman Voogsgeerd (Department of International Relations and International Organization)
  • Margriet van der Waal (Department of History of Government & Politics in modern times, Department of Euroculture)
  • Senka Neuman-Stanivukovic (Department of International Relations and International Organization)
  • Marek Neuman (Department of International Relations and International Organization)
  • Joop Koopmans (Department of History)
  • Ron Holzhacker (Department of International Relations and International organization)
Last updated Jun 2020

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