Why is it hard for many people to identify as Europeans? Where does the recent rise in Euroscepticism come from? And how does Europe protect its minorities?
offers great opportunities if you are interested in
understanding—and shaping—today's Europe. Our two-year
master's programme is ideal for students who understand that
Europe's future will be shaped not only by economics and politics,
but also by struggles over identities, values, and heritage. Our MA
programme will equip you with the tools to understand the vital
interplay between culture and politics in European society.
With an interdisciplinary approach that combines courses from at least two leading European universities with an internship and hands-on skills training, Euroculture prepares you to make a difference in careers like diplomacy, international business, research, journalism, cultural management, and European administration.
Selected by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Programme of Excellence, Euroculture is a truly international MA programme. In 2017, Euroculture was for the sixth time considered to be a "top" Master Programme by Keuzegids, an independent Dutch guide ranking university Programmes.
For more detailed information, please visit the Euroculture consortium website.
A good illustration of how Euroculture relates to the work I do now is that the people whose research I studied as a student are now the very people I work with or encounter at meetings around Europe.
Until 2019, but culminating in Leeuwarden's year as European Capital of Culture in 2018, Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 will present itself to the rest of Europe with a cultural programme that aims to connect people from different backgrounds and different parts of Europe. My role as Head of European Affairs is to ensure that the events we organize with, for example, international artists, European networks, Dutch embassies and other European Capitals of Culture do actually achieve this.
My job is fully in line with what I learned during my
Master’s degree in Euroculture, as the programme focused on
the role of culture in the process of European integration, and the
European Capital of Culture is an initiative launched to highlight
the richness and diversity of European cultures and raise awareness
of our common history and values. A good illustration of how the
degree programme relates to the work I do now is that the people
whose research I studied as a student are now the very people I
work with or encounter at meetings around Europe.
Studying at the University of Groningen was a great experience. The highly qualified staff supervised my research activities in a very constructive and individual manner and motivated me to get the best out of myself. In addition, the mix of Dutch and international students in the classes has given me not only a network of friends from all over the world, but also of people who I still regularly contact for work-related issues.
My current job relates very closely to what I studied during my master. I study borders and boundaries, and how they shape local communities, their identities and self-perception
There was a large amount of readings that we had to prepare for the different courses, but I really enjoyed how then we elaborated those same material in class – as well as over beers in one of the many pubs and bars in Groningen. My current job as Senior Research Officer relates very closely to what I studied during my master..
The most important skill I learned during Euroculture which I apply at my job is the ability to quickly familiarize myself with new cultural theories and apply them to problems.
In the Euroculture programme you come into close contact with people from so many different backgrounds: geographically, culturally, and academically. This diversity stimulates you to look at the world in new ways The most important skill I learned during Euroculture which I apply at my job is the ability to quickly familiarize myself with new cultural theories and apply them to problems.
My job allows me to put into practice my knowledge of international law, international relations and the EU.
I just accepted a job at the Thai embassy in Belgium as an analyst of customs policies of the World Customs Organisation and the European Union. I decided to apply for this job because it would allow me to put into practice my knowledge of international law, international relations and the EU.
At the time of application, the first thing about Euroculture in Groningen that attracted me was the relevance of the courses offered, especially the course in the integration processes in Europe and Asia. Many courses were also offered in English across a long spectrum of disciplines, so I was convinced that this would help to expand and deepen my knowledge of the social science and the humanities in order to carry out multidisciplinary research. The approachability of professors and the friendliness of the Dutch in general also played their part in my decision. Last but not least, assistance was provided by the university student office in my application for visa and search for accommodation.
Working at the European Commission offers me the possibility to implement and experience from the inside what I learnt through the Euroculture programme
I work at the very heart of the European Union, the European Commission in Brussels. I am Administrative Assistant at the Secretariat-General in the “Knowledge and Infrastructure” Policy Coordination Unit, supporting the team in processing files in the digital, research, transport, and regional policy areas, managing the logistics and the administration.
I consider that being a European civil servant is an honour and a big responsibility, where it is necessary to give my best, especially in difficult times like the ones we are facing now: refugee crisis, financial crisis, Brexit... What I like the most about this job is being at the core of the European decision-making process, and working on current international political issues at a very fast pace of work, while learning how the European Union works.
I chose to study at the University of Groningen, for its well-known academic prestige, quality, and organisation. The Euroculture Master’s programme convinced me with its inter-disciplinary and international character, together with the possibility to develop my preferred areas of interest and live in different countries.
Working at the Commission offers me the possibility to implement and experience from the inside what I learnt through the Euroculture European Studies. The European Union political processes and legal structure and the cultural construction of Europe no longer have secrets for me. Of course, the inter cultural competences which I have gained in my studies have been fundamental.
Groningen is such a lively and young student town, which is best experienced on a bike. Studying and living there was a wonderful experience: great cultural and fun activities, excellent library facilities, without forgetting the fellow students from all over the world.
You will constantly face the academic challenges which will develop you into a critical, evidence-based, knowledgeable, and convincing scholar.
You are a foreign national in the Netherlands, but certainly not an “outsider” at RUG. Its international atmosphere makes you feel the sense of belonging to a global community. You are not expected to assimilate into a certain way, but rather to bring your own unique experience and background as nourishing elements of discussions. The atmosphere in which differences and new aspects are respected makes RUG an ideal environment for international students.
I think Groningen is a great place to live and study and I feel very much at home here.
I started studying in Groningen during my Bachelor studies and during that time I really came to enjoy the city, the university, and the people here. When I applied for the Euroculture Master I therefore chose the University of Groningen as my home university. I think Groningen is a great place to live and study and I feel very much at home here.
To me, the city of Groningen has just the right size, it is not
too small, but also not too big – you can get basically
anywhere by bike! The city has a very lively atmosphere and there
are always things to do. There are many other (international)
students and the night life is awesome!
Over time, the Netherlands has become my second home. Groningen feels like a typical Dutch city due to the architecture, the canals, the bikes, and of course the Dutch “gezelligheid.”
Last but not least, the university and its facilities are great! I especially enjoy that professors are very accessible to students.
“The program has a lot to offer through its multidisciplinary approach, mobility, and its career opportunities.”
Whether it concerns the Brexit, the rise of European populism, or even the election of Macron, Europe is constantly on the move. It is precisely this constant dynamic process of the shaping of Europe that you will study in the MA of Euroculture by focusing on European society, politics, and culture from a global perspective.
The program has a lot to offer through its multidisciplinary approach, mobility, and its career opportunities. When I say mobility, I will have to provide you with an explanation: Euroculture is a joint-degree program. This means that during your Master you will study in at least two different European universities. Not only will you receive a separate master degree from both universities, but in your third semester you will also have the opportunity to either pursue an internship, study at a new (or the same) European university, or even study outside of Europe at one of the four partner universities in countries such as India, Japan, Mexico, and the US.
By taking Europe as the nodal point for understanding contemporary issues of politics, culture, and society, Euroculture gets to include many different sciences
Hi! My name is Jelmer Herms and I am currently a second-year student of the Euroculture MA Programme at the University of Groningen. After following an English Language and Culture BA here in Groningen, which I very much enjoyed, I found that I wanted to understand the increasingly complex world we live in from more than just the perspective of art, language, and literature. Euroculture and its interdisciplinary framework offered me that opportunity.
By taking Europe (which is, of course, more than just the European Union) as the nodal point for understanding contemporary issues of politics, culture, and society, Euroculture gets to include many different sciences, from legal studies and historiography to cultural studies. This gave me the variety I was looking for. Another big upside for me personally was the option to choose between a research internship and a professional internship in the third semester since I could not quite make up my mind about whether to go into research or not at the time. Finally, the mandatory mobility track is another great aspect to this programme. Recognizing and adapting to other (academic) cultures, training soft skills, and generally experiencing the European neighbourhood we live in I can only describe as very beneficial for your professional and personal development. All of these things made applying a straightforward choice.
The approach in which citizens and culture form the central point of attention is the key element that differentiates Euroculture from any other European Studies programme.
I think 'European Studies' would be the first description that comes to mind if asked what Euroculture is about. But Euroculture is different from more conventional European Studies programmes. I think the approach in which citizens and culture, instead of structures and models, form the central point of attention and reflection stands out. This is the key element that differentiates it from any other European Studies programme.
We pay special attention to the breaking up of previous political loyalties and (collective) identities and to the constitution of new ones. One of the learning outcomes of the programme reads as follows: “a deep understanding of European identity, civil society, the ongoing European unification process in itself, its cultural and social dynamics and the consequences for its citizens and the wider world”. The fact that ‘identity’ and ‘civil society’ are mentioned ahead of‘the European unification process’ is, of course, no coincidence.
There are also other elements that are specific in Euroculture: the attention to specific skills, Eurocompentences, and of course the option to choose either a work placement or research track. The fact that a selection of our students also have the opportunity to study for a semester in India, Japan, Mexico or the US is also an important asset of the programme.
So, even though I would give the same answer as the majority of the students in this survey, it certainly is not an ‘ordinary’ European Studies programme.
I especially profit from the intercultural experiences gathered during my studies
'I especially profit from the intercultural experiences gathered during my studies. Euroculture taught me competencies in working with international partners, which I do a lot now in my work.'
My formal classes comprised of lots of students from different countries with different cultural backgrounds, which presented a huge opportunity to learn about multiculturalism
'Studying Euroculture helped me realize my dream of studying in Europe. My formal classes comprised of lots of students from different countries with different cultural backgrounds, which presented a huge opportunity to learn and adopt multiculturalism.'
My employers were very interested in the intercultural skills I gathered, and these still help me a lot today
'My employer is really looking for inter cultural competencies and people who have studied abroad. I had a great advantage being able to say that I studied in the Netherlands and Japan. They were very interested in the inter cultural skills I gathered, and these still help me a lot today.'
I managed to prove my project management skills with the Eurocompetence experience
'My double-degree in Euroculture was very helpful. I managed to prove my project management skills with the Eurocompetence experience, and my employers were very interested that such a things exists'
My new job is a direct result of my time living in Groningen
The value for me was to study Europe, not only in a scholarly way, but also to be able to test those ideas out with other students who came. We would study these ideas in classes and we would discuss them afterwards in the coffee break. I just took a new job as the Active Transportation Manager for the City of San Luis Obispo, in California. My major duties will be to promote bicycle and non-car transportation. I can say this is a direct result of my time living in Groningen!
The study has definitely met my expectations: I have increased my knowledge about Europe and its institutions, I have become familiar with two different cultures (I also studied in Spain), I have met people from all over the world and have even been able
During my Bachelor's degree I studied a semester as an exchange student in Groningen and I truly enjoyed it. This and the high quality of the education system made me come back for the Master in Euroculture.
The study has definitely met my expectations: I have increased my knowledge about Europe and its institutions, I have become familiar with two different cultures (I also studied in Spain), I have met people from all over the world and have even been able to travel in the meantime! Studying abroad can be challenging, but because most Dutch speak English, the language part does not pose a problem. The most challenging aspect was adapting to a different academic system and teaching method. The Dutch one is more interactive, not passive, and it requires much more self-study. My recommendation for future students: Keep your minds open and 'when in Rome, do as the Romans do…'
I believe that without the Eurocompetence classes, I could have not written a solid project proposal
The Eurocompetence class III was very helpful, especially the last session when we needed to present our projects. I believe that without that class, I could have not written a solid project proposal.
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