Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

European Studies, B.A.


The European Studies programme is offered by the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Now that European borders are fading, there is a growing demand on the international labour market for graduates who know from personal experience what it means to study and work in an international environment. People for whom the political and economic structures in Europe have no secrets; professionals who can manage cultural differences and who can be widely employed because of their extensive knowledge in the fields of strategic communication in a public and/or private environment. 

Professionals who can also communicate fluently in various European languages. Although it may be hard to believe that all of this is covered in just one study programme, this is just so in European Studies.

To prepare you even better for the international labour market, to offer you an international learning environment and to facilitate a possible transfer to an interesting Master's programme abroad, European Studies is fully taught in English. After completing this four-year (full-time) study programme, you will have a Bachelor's degree in European Studies.

European Studies Maastricht is a four-year Bachelor degree study programme, which focuses on a wide range of subjects that are linked to Europe such as communication, culture, law, politics, marketing and foreign languages. European Studies belongs to the Faculty of International Business and Communication, together with three other study programmes: the International Business School, Oriental Languages and Communication and the School of Translation and Interpreting.

We are located in the historic city of Maastricht, home of the Treaty of the European Union, at the centre of the Euregion Meuse-Rhine, where the borders of Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands meet. Brussels and Amsterdam are within easy reach by train. An ideal location for a study programme like European Studies.


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Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Year 1

Propaedeutic phase

The European Studies programme starts with a propaedeutic phase meant for orientation and selection. It covers the courses, areas and skills a European Professional should know. Moreover, a solid knowledge of several languages plays an essential role. This is why you will study three European languages during at least the first two years of the European Studies programme. Europe is the binding element in all these courses. The programme will be continued in Year 2 where you deepen your knowledge.

As you will be trained in conducting presentations, debating, interviewing and (copy) writing, your communicative skills will reach a high level. You will also develop your social skills because of the many group assignments in the European Studies programme. The curriculum offers you a well balanced mix of lectures, group activities, project work and individual assignments.

For more information please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Admission for foreign students

Students who want to be enrolled in the European Studies programme should be flexible and prepared to accept the challenge of studying (abroad) with people of many different cultural backgrounds. In order to successfully complete the study programme, you should be mature enough to live in a foreign country.

In co-operation with NUFFIC, The Netherlands' Organization for International Co-operation in Higher Education, European Studies will assess the value of foreign diplomas.

Generally speaking a secondary school diploma (e.g. vwo, havo, Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or International Baccalaureate diploma) will give access to our study programme. 

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 7445 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Tuition fees
Tuition fees for EU citizens amount to €2006. Non-EU citizens will be charged a higher amount. For further details,visit the programme website.


Zuyd Excellence Scholarships

Excellent international students can apply for a Zuyd Excellence Scholarship, which will offer them a net discount on the tuition fee of €3,600 per year. Because of the limited number of scholarships available, students are selected on the basis of their academic performance and motivation.

The coordinator of the study programme concerned or the Dean of the faculty will determine which students are eligible for these scholarships. In order to secure the continuation of the scholarship during the entire study at Zuyd, the study performance will be monitored and evaluated annually.

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