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What will I learn?

The master’s in European Union Studies at Leiden University covers the EU's broad geographical sweep from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Why study European Union Studies at Leiden University?

During the EU Studies programme you will attend lectures and seminars by academic staff members who are internationally renowned in their field. You also get the opportunity to attend elective European studies courses taught by practitioners, combining academic insights with practical experience in politics, government, advisory bodies, NGOs and think tanks.

The European Union Studies programme is a specialisation of the master’s programme in International Relations and examines the processes of European integration from an interdisciplinary angle by a mix of specialist, academic researchers and experts with direct experience in policy-making and policy-implementation.


You may choose electives from a wide range of graduate level courses offered across the Faculty of Humanities. You will also have the possibility to exchange one elective for an internship at an organisation / institution in the field of international or foreign relations, in or outside of the Netherlands. Note that students have to find their own internships, follow an internship procedure for approval, and that pursuing an internship may have consequences for the date of graduation.

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

What our graduates do

For graduates of European Union Studies at Leiden University there are a variety of career options available within the Brussels-based EU organisations, as well as the myriad non-governmental organisations, research institutes, and businesses which are operational within the inner-circle of the EU institutions. Our graduates end up working in a diverse range of positions, examples include:

  • Communications manager and project assistant at an NGO promoting reconciliation and peace
  • PhD student
  • Union advisor on public affairs at a communications and consultancy firm
  • Research assistant at a legal institute
  • Junior advisor on PR at a consultancy firm
  • Programme assistant at an NGO promoting Eastern European interests and development
  • Research analyst at a consultancy firm
  • Project officer at an embassy in the Netherlands
  • Project manager at a company specialising in geo-services, international development and project management

Career options in EU organisations

After your graduation you will have a solid grounding in the main issues of the European Union, you will be highly employable both in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. Joint research programmes and EU-administered regulations are ensuring that both employers’ and employees’ organisations are in regular need of qualified graduates in this field.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,31,018) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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