Study Europe and the World

Taught in English, the Master is a one-year program dealing with two of the most important fields of political science: European studies/governance and international politics/relations. It will allow Belgian and international students to acquire the skills and know-how needed for kickstarting a career in diplomacy, national and international institutions or related professional fields (such as lobbying, journalism, policy and academic research). If students are interested to get a higher degree of specialization, the program can be extended in an easy and favorable way to a second-year interdisciplinary MasterAfterMaster on European integration.

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Academia meets Practice

Professors from academia teach you up-to-date political science concepts and theories on European and international challenges and responses. In a module on modern diplomacy, practitioners will share their experience and insights on how to contribute to the peaceful management of international relations. Beyond this module, the program will fully capitalize from its embedment in Brussels, a city hosting NATO and EU institutions as well as the largest number of embassies and international journalists in the world.

The program overview

This master program consists out of 8 compulsory courses and one elective (to select out of 7 courses).

Program Structure

The master program consists of 60 ECTS. The courses include Institutions and Governance of the EU, Economics of European Integration, International Security and Strategic Studies, World Politics, and Modern Diplomacy. There will also be a High-Level Lecture Series on European and World Politics and an elective course allowing for a deepening in either European or International Governance. The writing of a Master thesis will be combined with a course on research design and methodology. The professors will align their conditions and requirements, so students will be able to learn a wide range of methodological and analytical skills.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements

Direct admission: Candidates with a Flemish degree of ‘Bachelor in de Politieke Wetenschappen’ or 'Bachelor in Social Sciences'

Admission after Academic Screening: An Admission Board will evaluate all other applications on an individual basis. Candidates must have obtained at least a bachelor or undergraduate degree in a relevant field.

Language requirements

Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as the language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

1.having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests:

  • TOEFL: minimum level: 213 for the computer-based test (CBT); 80 for the internet-based test (IBT); 550 for the paper-based test
  • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.5
  • CAE: minimum grade B
  • CPE: minimum grade C
  • ITACE: minimum grade B2

2. having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as the language of instruction;

3. having successfully completed secondary school in a Belgian institution.


All students who require a student visa must submit their application before April 1st.

All students who do not require a student visa (Belgians, EU nationals, etc.) must submit their application before September 1st.

The enrolment deadline is October 8th.

Tuition Fees

All Belgian universities offer high-quality education at a very reasonable cost. The 2019-2020 fee is €939 for regular EEA students and €3.850,00 for non-EEA students.

Application procedure

1. Submit your application file

2. Screening process (both at the central and faculty level) can take up to 4 weeks

3. The outcome of screening: if accepted, you will receive a letter of acceptance

4. Enroll at VUB university campus (in person)

Program taught in:
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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Last updated April 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
1 year
3,850 EUR
The 2019-2020 fee for non-EEA students; €939 for EEA students
Sep 1, 2019
students who do not need a student visa; April 1st: students who require a student visa
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Application deadline
Sep 1, 2019
students who do not need a student visa; April 1st: students who require a student visa
End Date
Sep 14, 2020