The interdisciplinary and international Master of Arts in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives (MAES) introduces students to the study of Europe as a continent of strong interactions across national boundaries and of constant exchange with the outside world. It offers insights and knowledge about the nature and functioning of Europe both in the contemporary world and from a historical perspective.
What is the program all about?
This program invites ambitious and talented students from all over the world and various disciplinary backgrounds to study Europe as a continent of strong interactions across national boundaries and constant exchanges with the outside world. Our research-driven education enables you to anticipate and find solutions for complex global challenges that transcend national and disciplinary boundaries. Interaction with staff members from various disciplines and faculties (Social Sciences, Arts, Law, Economics, and Theology) exposes you to a wide range of theoretical approaches and allows you to acquire crucial methodological skills.
All courses are taught in English and complimented by many guest lectures delivered by internationally renowned scholars and high-ranked European diplomats and officials. Our students also benefit from their interactions within a highly international group of nearly 40 nationalities. Moreover, we organize various study trips to the European and transatlantic institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg, and Strasbourg as well as excursions to the historical World War I battlefields.
All MAES students take a common course on 'Transnational and Global Perspectives on Europe' and write a Master thesis. In addition, students choose a major and a minor out of the following modules as well as at least one elective from any of the modules or the additional electives:
- European History, Integration and Political Order
- European Diversity and Cultural Policy
- European Governance
- European External Relations
- Globalising Europe
- European and Global Political Economy
- Social Europe and the European Welfare States
- Sustainability and Europe
- Europe and its Eastern Neighbourhoods
- Europe and its Southern Neighbourhoods
- Europe and Asia
All courses are taught during the day and for most courses, your attendance is required. It is therefore difficult to combine a job with this demanding program.
Is this the right program for me?
The Master of Arts in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives is a demanding and specialized initial master's program. It is advisable to apply only if, in your previous studies, you obtained at least 'cum laude' ('honors' / 'with distinction' / 'onderscheiding').
- You are capable of using and discussing scholarly ideas and literature in English.
- You have good analytical skills and be open to interdisciplinary thinking and general knowledge of world history, global politics, European history, politics, society and culture and of European integration.
- You possess basic methodological skills for conducting research in the humanities and be familiar with ICT tools and be capable of working individually on a research topic and organizing work independently.
- You have a good knowledge of:
- the history, politics, society, and culture of Europe or certain European countries (especially students who intend to follow Module I);
- the history, institutional and legal framework and policies of the EU, as well as of European integration theories (especially students who intend to follow Module II).
- world history and global politics and the history, politics, society, and culture of at least one non-European region (especially students who intend to follow Module III);
- the history, politics, society, and culture of Asia or certain Asian countries (especially students who intend to follow Module IV);
- the history, politics, society, and culture of Central and Eastern Europe and the European Neighbourhoods (especially students who intend to follow Module V);
Students who have not yet obtained sufficient preliminary knowledge of Europe and the EU during previous academic studies should prepare themselves through a thorough self-guided study. Consult the MAES website for a list of background reading.
The multidisciplinary ‘Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives’ engages students to study Europe as a continent of strong interactions across national boundaries and constant exchanges with the outside world. By choosing one of the five modules, students focus on
- transnational perspectives on European history, society, diversity, and culture.
- the external relations and policies of the European Union.
- the position and interactions of Europe in the context of globalization and global governance.
- the interactions and comparisons between Europe and Asia.
- or the connectivities and dynamics in the history and current affairs of Russia, wider Europe, and the European Union.
The multidisciplinary and research-based education enables students to acquire skills to understand, contextualize and assess complex challenges that transcend disciplinary boundaries as well as national and regional borders. It allows students to engage in a critical debate about Europe within a context of complex internal and external dynamics, and formulate alternative options. Interaction with staff members of various disciplines and faculties exposes students to a wide range of academic approaches in the study of Europe. Supervision by individual staff members, particularly in the context of their master thesis, provides students with focus and guidance for their own research.
MAES graduates are equipped with in-depth knowledge of various aspects of European politics, law, history, and culture, are schooled in various research methodologies and are able to communicate their findings to a diverse audience. MAES graduates are thus well-positioned for a wide range of professional pursuits.
Many of our alumni work for European institutions and interest groups, provide advice on European affairs to national, regional or local administrations and governments, or work as European affairs officers for private companies and non-governmental organizations. Others are engaged in national and multinational diplomacy or hold academic positions in European politics, economy, history, and culture at universities all over the world. Still, yet other alumni inform the public about European affairs as journalists or cultural officers.
Having delivered its first graduates almost 30 years ago, MAES counts many prominent figures in European affairs among its alumni. Many of them attribute their MA degree in European Studies as a decisive factor in their career success.
Start your career, during your studies
The Student Career Center is happy to put you on the right track towards your first work experience. The center also coaches you in the search for an interesting job and helps you with job interviews. For students wanting to start their own business KU Leuven also has Lcie, the KU Leuven community that encourages students with innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.
Don’t know where to start? The Student Career Center's databases contain offers for jobs, volunteer work, innovation projects, and student jobs. You can also visit one of the events organized by the Career Center.
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