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European Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The interdisciplinary major in European studies (EUS) at Vanderbilt University is designed for students who want to broaden their awareness of the European experience and to prepare for international careers or advanced study involving history, political science, economics, the fine arts, and/or literature. 
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The program curriculum is designed to provide disciplinary breadth with cross-disciplinary expertise in a specialty of the student’s own choosing. In consultation with the director of EUS, students select a major focus and specific courses that will fulfill the requirements for the major. 

Key facts

  • This focus might consist of a thematic or comparative topic (such as culture and society in the 1920s, the 1960s, or the era of the French Revolution), a regional or sub-regional topic (e.g., European integration, the Iberian Peninsula) or the culture and society of a particular nation (e.g., France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain). In addition to the core requirements, majors enroll in relevant courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and take a foreign language of the student’s choice.
  • Most European Studies majors also participate in one of the Vanderbilt University study abroad programs in Europe and/or reside in the McTyeire International House on campus. Both experiences have proven to be immensely useful in preparing students for future careers with international awareness. The EUS minor entails 18 hours of coursework with the usual concentration and distribution requirements. Additional options allow students to combine their EUS major with one of the language and literature majors (French and European Studies, German and European Studies, Italian and European Studies, Russian and European Studies, Spanish and European Studies, or Spanish, Portuguese, and European Studies).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • European Culture and Society
  • The Idea of Europe, The European Union
  • European Cities, West European Politics
  • Music in the Age of Beethoven and Schubert

English Language Requirements

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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