International and European Governance

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: German
Deadline: May 1, 2024
195 place StudyQA ranking:1109 Duration:3 years You need IELTS certificate
More than 15 years ago, in 1999, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (IEP Lille) and the Institute of Political Science Münster agreed to establish an integrated study course. The unique features of the combined Bachelor-Master-Diploma "International and European Governance" are both the German-French cooperation and the international focus. Thanks to integrated stays in France (min. 50%), students have the opportunity to gain deep insights into another culture and university system without prolonging their studies. The cooperation is licensed by the German-French University, which supports our students during their studies abroad with a scholarship.

The focus is laid on processes of International and European Governance. Special attention is paid to scientific methodological training and the integration of theory and empiricism. Students learn to reflect critically on processes of globalisation, attempts at a more sustainable development such as global environmental governance and agriculture, or issues concerning International Political Economy such as sustainable consumption and financial crises. They engage in scientific realms of multi-layered governance processes. Furthermore, students will be enabled to reflect upon Europe's role in the world, contextualising historical and political developments to develop a better understanding of current conflicts and challenges. The transfer of knowledge is application-oriented, enabling students to critically assess political processes, cultural and social connections, comprehending their integration into the international, social context.

Educational organisation

The unique feature of this course is that it takes place at two different universities, the IEP Lille and the University of Münster. There is an annual change of location, so the first and third years are completed in Lille (France) and the second and fourth year in Münster (Germany). For their fifth year, students can choose between Münster and Lille or another certified partner university.

The course is intended as a consecutive Bachelor-Master combination, as the French degree is only obtained after an optional fifth year of study.

At the IEP Lille, a comprehensive programme is taught during the first year of studies, including courses in economics, history, law, and languages. It forms the basis for the choice between various Master's specifications, ranging from European Careers over Sustainable Development to Organisational Communication for the third and possible fifth year. At the WWU Münster, political science is in the focus of studies, starting with basic courses (e.g., international relations, political theory), methods courses, and a variety of elective courses in the second year, followed by a focus on International and European Governance in the fourth and possible fifth year.

Study abroad unit(s)

Owing to the special organisation of the course, students spend every second year, i.e. half of their studies abroad, either in Lille (France) or in Münster (Germany).


A compulsory internship is to be conducted in the fourth year of studies (first year of the Master's part).

Forms of assessment

Apart from written and oral exams, written papers are a common form of assessment. These papers should guarantee that students acquire scientific and methodical tools necessary to be able to write their Bachelor's and Master's theses.
Students have to pass numerous module exams that focus on the direct application of newly-acquired knowledge. These forms of examination attach great importance to the reproduction and interconnection of the theoretical approaches, concepts, techniques and tools acquired.
Within each module, students have to pass additional requirements, such as presentations, practical tasks, oral tests, records, term papers, or internships.
Another special feature of this course is the "Grand Oral", which takes place at the end of the third year of study at the IEP Lille.

Course objectives

During their studies, students have to prove their mobility and flexibility, which will facilitate their career entry within a united and extended Europe. Additionally, the course provides students with key competences, qualifying them for multiple professions.
As it focuses on international and European governmental structures, it ensures that students develop an extensive knowledge of relevant institutions, their tasks, problems, and compositions. In combination with their knowledge of central actors and structures, scientific theories, as well as developments in certain complexes, students will be able to question political processes critically. Thanks to extensive methods training, students are also capable of pursuing further academic studies.
Former graduates of International and European Governance are employed in a lot of different fields. Naturally, numerous graduates find jobs in political or public organisations, such as NGOs and QGOs (EU, UN, World Bank), in journalism such as print media, television, and radio, or in the public sector. A few students work in the private economic sector. Thanks to the bi-national focus of the course, German-French employers also find graduates from this programme attractive.

Language requirements

The ability to actively participate in French university courses is tested via application documents and especially during the personal interviews by the French-German Examination Board. Comparability of proficiency in French within the cohort is achieved by a C-Test (university-internal). In order to pass the test, candidates must achieve a minimum score of 70 points out of 100.

Candidates who are native speakers of French are invited to apply via our partner, the IEP Lille at the BAC+0 or BAC+1 stage of their academic training. During the selection process there, proficiency in German is tested in a written examination and especially in the personal interviews by the French-German Examination Board.

Required DSH / TestDaF


Academic requirements

University entrance qualification

Enrolment fees

Social semester fee of 240 EUR per semester, including a semester ticket covering public transport for the greater Münster area and the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia

Costs of living

Approx. 700 EUR per month to cover accommodation, insurance, and personal expenses

Arrival support

The academic year in Lille starts with an orientation week during which students get to know most of their future lecturers as well as more advanced students, and are accompanied in the enrolment process. In Münster, an orientation week is held at the Institute for Political Science, and students learn about planning their studies, writing a Bachelor's thesis, and organising internships.

Services and support for international students

The first contacts for students are the coordinators of the course International and European Governance in both Münster and Lille. This ensures that students profit from short communication channels and will find answers to all questions and uncertainties concerning their course of studies.
In addition, there are numerous information meetings, established specially for students of International and European Governance.
To ensure that students find their way around a university as huge as the University of Münster, the Institute of Political Science has created its own Service and Information Center (SIC!).
The Institute of Political Science and the IEP Lille both provide exclusive courses for their students. Special attention is paid to methodological training and language skills.
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Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 330 / Year(s) Foreign:$ 330 / Year(s)
Deadline: Jan 15, 2024 78 place StudyQA ranking: 906 You need IELTS certificate