We eat Italian pizza and drink Belgian beer. We drive German cars and listen to Swedish pop music. We read English thrillers and watch French films. We go skiing in Norway and sunbathe on beaches in Greece. Although the 30 countries of the European continent have much in common, at the same time they are very different. Today, Europeans are more closely connected to one another than ever before. With an MA in European Studies, you will be qualified to analyse, understand and work not only with European diversity, but with all that connects Europeans.
Multicultural, interdisciplinary environment
In this programme you will work with European issues using a range of different approaches. You will get to know the EU institutions and analyse cultural, social and political processes in Europe; you will engage with the question of what Europe really is. The European Studies programme is both interdisciplinary and international. As a student of European Studies, you will have a unique opportunity to work with students from other countries, both within and outside Europe. This also means that you will have the opportunity to speak a great deal of English, both during and outside class.
The programme objective is to provide you with a thorough knowledge of political and cultural European affairs and of the theories and methodologies needed to analyse them. You will gain insight into how large-scale interdisciplinary projects are executed in international teams, and you will get used to communicating on a daily basis in a language other than your native language.
An MA in European Studies gives a European perspective that is relevant in career paths ranging from political institutions to international organisations, from the corporate world, to the media, to teaching cultural understanding. Graduates in European Studies find work in both European and international institutions, interest groups and professional bodies. They may choose to teach at university or high-school level, or to be communicators on key European issues in radio and news media. They are qualified to work in planning and implementing qualitative projects and studies in both public and private sectors. Further options include applying for admission to the universitys PhD programme, either after the first year of the MA programme or on completion of the thesis.
Introduktion 30 ECTS
Project theme 1 & 2 20 ECTS-10 ECTS
Semester 3Current affairs 10 ECTS
The history of idea of Europe10 ECTS
MA thesis 30 ECTS
You apply online through the Aarhus University self service system. To be able to apply online, you first have to create a self service account. Once you have created your account and logged on the self service system, please select the option "Application form for free movers (non-exchange)".
Please be aware that you need to start your application within 24 hours of creating the self service account.
To best prepare your application, it is important to understand the structure and the different locations of Aarhus University. Aarhus University has three different campuses (located in Aarhus, Herning and Emdrup) and is divided into four faculties, which are subdivided into 26 departments.
Remember when choosing courses that you may only take courses at one location and within one faculty. You may not choose courses at more than two different departments.
It is important that you have a relevant academic background for the courses that you apply for. You must have taken courses at your home university within the specific subject field you have applied to in order to be accepted to any of the departments.
EU students can sign up for 5 ECTS to 30 ECTS during a semester. To obtain a study and work permit, students from outside the EU/EEA have to study 30 ECTS in total (20 ECTS at one department). If you choose courses at more than one department, it is important that you choose at least 20 ECTS at one department. Students applying for courses at Aarhus BSS, should only apply for courses at one department.
At the application form, you can apply for housing as well, if needed.
You will be required to attach the following documents to your application:
Students applying to Aarhus BSS only: Students must upload a letter confirming that they will be able to transfer credits from Aarhus University to a degree at the home institution. If you cannot provide this documentation, you will be assessed according to the admission requirements of the relevant degree programme(s). Students can complete and upload this template or a similar document from the home university.
You will be informed approximately six weeks prior to semester start whether you meet the prerequisites to be enrolled in the requested courses. However, as enrolment in courses for free mover students is dependent on available space in the relevant courses, you will not receive final confirmation about course enrolment until approximately two weeks prior to semester start. If there is space left in the courses, you will receive a notification about this and an invoice. Only after the invoice has been paid in full, will you receive a Letter of Enrolment and be enrolled in the requested courses. Please be aware that due to this procedure, Aarhus University cannot guarantee that free mover students will be admitted and enrolled in courses by semester start.
The MA in European Studies at Aarhus University was accredited in 2009 by national accreditation agency ACE Denmark.