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European Studies

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?

Euroculture 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.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in European Studies
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60847
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?

Euroculture in Groningen is proud of being a founding member of the programme (1999), and of its achievements as Programme of Excellence. Since 2010 we have been selected as (one of the) best European Studies Programme(s) in the Netherlands (source: Master Keuzegids). Furthermore, the University of Groningen belongs to the global top 100 on the three most important ranking lists ('Shanghai, THE and QS World University Rankings).

The international staff of Euroculture hold doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines, such as history, cultural studies, political science, European law, European studies and international relations. The academic and research focus in Groningen is the notion of cultural identity and its relation to European integration in all its dimensions. Concepts such as “Europeanisation” and “Citizenship” are important elements in seminars. Trans-Atlantic relations and East Asia feature prominently in Groningen too.

Groningen is also an excellent choice of residence because this university town is lively and pleasant, with about 1 out 5 inhabitants being a student. For students there are excellent facilities not only for studying (ICT, library, Placement Office, International Office), but also for sports, entertainment and leisure.

Programme
  • Core Fields of European Culture (1st semester)
  • Eurocompetence I (1st semester)
  • 2nd semester ABROAD
  • Eurocompetence II (2nd semester)
  • Intensive Programme (a 7-day summer school taking place at the end of the 2nd semester)
Periods
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Cultural History: Domains of European Identity (10 EC)
Eurocompetence I (5 EC)
The Cultural Construction of Europe: Language, Art and Thought (5 EC)
The Political and Legal Construction of Europe (10 EC)
Eurocompetence II (5 EC)
Intensive Programme Euroculture (5 EC)
Methodology & Theory (10 EC)
Research Seminar I: Representing Europe (10 EC)
Research Seminar II: Integration Processes (10 EC)
  • Work Placement (Professional Track) or additional Research Seminars (Research Track) (semester 3)
  • Thesis Portfolio (semester 3)
  • Eurocompetence III: Project Application Writing (semester 4)
  • MA thesis (semester 4)
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Euroculture Internship and Report (25 EC, optional)
Master's Thesis Euroculture: Research (5 EC)
Eurocompetence III (5 EC)
Master's Thesis Euroculture: Writing (25 EC)

Curriculum

In the first semester, students gain multidisciplinary knowledge about the European integration process and attend a practical module (Eurocompetence I). For the second semester, students in Groningen attend a methodology course, Eurocompetence II, and a research seminar. In the third semester, students opt for either a Research or a Professional Track and submit a Thesis Portfolio. The last semester consists of writing a thesis and completing Eurocompetence III (Project or PhD application).

Programme options
Professional (track)

In the 3rd semester, students can opt for a work placement.

The work placement is a follow-up of Eurocompetence I and II and links theoretical knowledge, skills and understanding with practical experience - transferring this knowledge to a non-academic audience.

Students who opt for this track, will conduct it at an organisation or an institution relevant to Euroculture. This placement can be completed at either international or national organisations and institutions.

The Euroculture placement coordinator and the Placement Office of the Faculty of Arts can assist you in finding a suitable placement provider, as well as with the administrative procedures.

For a an overview of placement organisations, see: https://www.euroculturemaster.eu/career-prospects/

Research (track)

If you choose this track for the 3rd semester, you will attend research courses either at a non-EU partner university (limited number of places for EU students only) or at any EU partner university.

The Euroculture Research Track is a follow-up of Research Seminars (2nd semester), which deepens the student's theoretical knowledge, skills and understanding, and preferably relates to the student's MA thesis topic. This track is especially suited to students who would like to continue with a PhD or (academic) research career after completion of the Euroculture programme.

Notes:

  • A limited number of places /scholarships are offered for the research track outside of Europe (selection applies). European students apply for 2 non-EU partner universities of their choice. Admission to the research track depends on the students' merit, ambitions and motivation.
  • Each student who want to attend the RT at a European partner university submits an individual RT proposal before the 3rd semester, to be approved by the Euroculture Exam Commission.

RESEARCH TRACK IN GRONINGEN:

  • Research Seminar Dimensions of Citizenship (10 ECTS)
  • Research Studio (5 ECTS)
  • Thesis Portfolio (5 ECTS)
  • Elective courses (10 ECTS)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
  • Maximum of 60 EC

In the 1st semester students start at any one of the European partner universities (home university). The programme is continued at another European partner university (host university) in the 2nd semester. For the 3rd semester, students opt for either a work placement (Professional Track), or research courses (Research Track) at a European university, or at one of the non-European partner institutions (selection applies). The 4th semester is spent at either the home or host university.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Students should have a sufficient Level of English, certified by a CAE, TOEFL or IELTS test.

MINIMUM SCORES ENGLISH TEST:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: 580; TOEFL Internet-based: 92 (with a minimum score of 20 for all items); TOEFL Computer-Based: 237
  • IELTS: minimum overall score 6.5, with no subcomponent (listening, reading, writing, speaking) scoring lower than 6.0
  • CAE Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1; Cambridge Proficiency in English: C2

If your score is lower than the above-mentioned scores, you are not eligible for the programme.

For more information about the validity of your English test or about possible exemptions, see: https://www.euroculturemaster.eu/how-to-apply/requirements

previous education

Candidates must have completed an academic BA degree in either the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences or in a relevant discipline to Euroculture, e.g: European Studies, History, International Relations, Cultural Studies, Literature, Sociology, Political Sciences, Anthropology, Philosophy, Communication and Media Studies, International/ European Law, Theology.

other admission requirements

Additional application requirements and conditions, as well as extensive information on the application procedure, may be found on our Consortium Website: https://www.euroculturemaster.eu/how-to-apply/requirements

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Arts and Culture StudiesAll Research universities

No additional requirements

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American StudiesAll Research universities

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Arts and CultureAll Research universities

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Duitse Taal en CultuurAll Research universities

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Engelse Taal en CultuurAll Research universities

No additional requirements

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English Language and CultureAll Research universities

No additional requirements

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European Law SchoolAll Research universities

No additional requirements

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European StudiesAll Research universities

No additional requirements

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European Languages and CulturesAll Research universities

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Film and Literary StudiesAll Research universities

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History (part-time)All Research universities

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International and European LawAll Research universities

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International Relations and International OrganizationAll Research universities

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Arts, Culture and MediaAll Research universities

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Art HistoryAll Research universities

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Liberal Arts and SciencesAll Research universities

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Minorities & MultilingualismAll Research universities

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Dutch Language and CultureAll Research universities

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Political ScienceAll Research universities

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Juridische BestuurskundeAll Research universities

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Religious StudiesAll Research universities

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Romaanse Talen en CulturenAll Research universities

No additional requirements

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Scandinavische Talen en CulturenAll Research universities

No additional requirements

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Slavische Talen en CulturenAll Research universities

No additional requirements

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Human Geography & Urban and Regional PlanningAll Research universities

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SociologyAll Research universities

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Taal- en CultuurstudiesAll Research universities

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Theology (part-time)All Research universities

No additional requirements

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PhilosophyAll Research universities

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Media StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Communication and Information StudiesUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Students should have a sufficient Level of English, certified by a CAE, TOEFL or IELTS test.

MINIMUM SCORES ENGLISH TEST:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: 580; TOEFL Internet-based: 92 (with a minimum score of 20 for all items); TOEFL Computer-Based: 237
  • IELTS: minimum overall score 6.5, with no subcomponent (listening, reading, writing, speaking) scoring lower than 6.0
  • CAE Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1; Cambridge Proficiency in English: C2

If your score is lower than the above-mentioned scores, you are not eligible for the programme.

For more information about the validity of your English test or about possible exemptions, see: https://www.euroculturemaster.eu/how-to-apply

previous education

Candidates must have completed an academic BA degree in either the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences or in a relevant discipline to Euroculture, e.g: European Studies, History, International Relations, Cultural Studies, Literature, Sociology, Political Sciences, Anthropology, Philosophy, Communication and Media Studies, International/ European Law, Theology.

other admission requirements

Additional application requirements and conditions, as well as extensive information on the application procedure, may be found on our Consortium Website: https://www.euroculturemaster.eu/how-to-apply

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 25 attendees a year.

Candidates have to apply online on the Consortium website and are assessed by 2 or 3 partner universities of the Consortium.

Each partner university can only admit a maximum of 25 students per semester. If the first preferred university of a student does not have any places left, the eligible candidate will be placed at his/her 2nd or 3rd choice.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 March 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 March 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 13500full-time

There is a standard waiver available for all EU/EEA students who do not receive a full-covering scholarship, which amounts to €2.500. The waiver is not available to non-EU/EEA students. The tuition fee can be further lowered by not including the optional insurance (€900, only in case of students who have EU/EEA citizenship). You can find the tuition fee that applies to you on our website, https://www.euroculturemaster.eu/how-to-apply/tuition-fees.

  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

A limited number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available. The deadline for scholarship applications is 1 December. Please see more information on Erasmus Mundus grants here: https://www.euroculturemaster.eu/how-to-apply/erasmus-mundus-scholarship-programme

  • Regular students

The final application deadline for regular students is 1 May (non-EU students are encouraged to apply earlier with regard to the visa procedure, etc.). Students are encouraged to apply to earlier deadlines (1 December; 1 March) to secure a position in their first university of choice. Applications coming in after the 1 March deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis. If places are available after the 1 May deadline, applications will then still be evaluated on a rolling basis until the maximum amount of students is reached.

Places fill up quickly for the programme in some universities: early applicants have a higher chance of getting a place in the programme than later applicants.

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Euroculture prepares graduates for professions and research careers where knowledge of contemporary Europe and the European Union institutions are of relevance.

Due to the multi- and interdisciplinary nature of the Euroculture programme, its graduates find work in a broad range of sectors where expert knowledge of present Europe and European integration processes is required. A number of our graduates have also undertaken further studies on doctoral level.

The focus of the programme is on cultural and social developments, the political process of European integration, values, citizenship and cultural identity within Europe and its correlations with the wider world. Euroculture teaches students the methods and skills required to identify the European dimensions of social problems, to critically assess and interpret information about European institutions and organisations, and to understand the cultural aspects and factors that play a key role in the process of European identity formation and integration.

Career Prospects

Euroculture alumni have found employment in the following areas/organisations:

  • EU institutions
  • International and national organisations (non-governmental, non-profit, foundations)
  • Universities, education and research institutions
  • Embassies and ministeries all over the world
  • Media, journalism, publishing, libraries
  • Cultural (management) organisations
  • Foreign trade organisations
  • Political parties, foundations and associations
  • City and regional planning, local and regional cultural projects
  • Centres for minorities and minority rights

Job examples

Research

Research in Euroculture

Our Euroculture staff conducts various research projects in the interdisciplinary field of Euroculture, also within larger projects with the partner universities of the consortium.

Articles from Euroculture scholars presented at the IP 2012 in Deusto published.

Articles from Euroculture scholars and keynote speakers (among which Dr. Janny de Jong, UG) that were presented at the Intensive Programme 2012 at the University of Deusto (Spain) have been published. 

First book in Euroculture Studies published in May 2013

"Europe – Space for transcultural Existence" is the first of a new series of publications “Studies in Euroculture” . The book is jointly edited by Janny de Jong and Margriet van der Waal (Groningen) and Martin Tamcke and Lars Klein (Göttingen). The publisher is Göttingen University Press.

The articles in this publication explore different dimensions of the field of Euroculture: it includes topics such as cosmopolitanism, cultural memory and traumatic past(s), colonial heritage, democratization and Europeanization as well as the concept of (European) identity in various disciplinary contexts such as law and the social sciences.

The book is available in print and as online publication.

Students' Research

During the master's programme students acquire knowledge in the Euroculture field of research and conduct their own research. These research projects are integrated in the methodology course, the research seminars as well as the master's thesis. Students opting for the Research Track will be trained in writing a PhD application (Eurocompetence III).

The department encourages students to participate in many conferences and symposia in the area of Euroculture and European Studies. The Programme's own main event is the Intensive Programme, a 7-day summer school where all students present their own papers. Since the 2010 IP, the best students papers have been published annually.

These publications can be found under  Euroculture consortium publications   at the University of Groningen website.

Examples of Euroculture MA theses can be found in the Euroculture thesis repository.

Find additional information on the research of our staff below.

 

Euroculture Staff: profiles and research

Nienke de Deugd  (Department of International Relations and International Organization)

Ron Holzhacker  (Department of International Relations and International organization)

Janny de Jong  (Department of History)

James Leigh  (Department of History of Government & Politics in modern times, Department of Euroculture)

Ine Megens  (Department of History)

Herman Voogsgeerd  (Department of International Relations and International Organization)

Margriet van der Waal  (Department of History of Government & Politics in modern times, Department of Euroculture)

Senka Neuman-Stanivukovic (Department of International Relations and International Organization)

Marek Neuman (Department of International Relations and International Organization)

Joop Koopmans (Department of History)

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme European Studies, please contact:

  • Ask Your Question Here (please fill in this contact form, we will answer you as soon as possible.)
  • Prof. Dr. Janny de Jong (Director of Studies)
    Email: janny.de.jong rug.nl
  • Maria Ananchenkova MA (Course coordinator)
    Email: euroculture rug.nl
    Telephone: +31 50 36 36293
  • Drs. Marloes van der Weij (Study advisor and Course Manager)
    Email: m.van.der.weij rug.nl
    Telephone: +31 50 363 4810
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    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!

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    My formal classes comprised of lots of students from different countries with different cultural backgrounds, which presented a huge opportunity to learn about multiculturalism

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    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

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    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…'

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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. I study borders and boundaries – physical, geopolitical, cultural or social – and how they shape local communities, their identities and self-perception.

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    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

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    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.

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    My job allows me to put into practice my knowledge of international law, international relations and the EU.

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    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.

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    Working at the European Commission offers me the possibility to implement and experience from the inside what I learnt through the Euroculture programme

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    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 honor 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 programme. The European Union political processes and legal structure and the cultural construction of Europe no longer have secrets for me. Of course, the intercultural 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.

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    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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    I think Groningen is a great place to live and study and I feel very much at home here.

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    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 nightlife 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.

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    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

    – Janny de Jong
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    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.

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University of Groningen OCW/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts

Are you a non-EU/EEA student starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OCW/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

(OCW=Dutch Ministry of Education)

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Holland Scholarship

Are you an international student from a non EU/EEA member state starting a Research Master's programme or Erasmus Mundus Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the Holland Scholarship, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

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Study associations

The Euroculturer

In October 2012, Euroculture students and alumni have launched a the new Euroculture online magazine : The Euroculturer
The Euroculturer is ran by students and alumni of the Euroculture programme. The Euroculturer was established in June 2012 by an initiative of a current Euroculture student with three founding vision, to contribute, to connect, and to grow. Targeted readers and contributors are those from 12 Euroculture partner universities throughout the world. The Euroculture consortium is involved in that it officially acknowledges the magazine and supports it with yearly funding for web maintenance.
https://euroculturer.eu/

Arete

Its name derived from the old Greek word for "excellence", Arete is the alumni organization of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts Euroculture programme. It organizes events and offers a platform for EC students and alumni to interact.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1004869062869336/
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Student profile

A Euroculture student is someone who is:

  • eager to study the implications of the European integration process in an interdisciplinary manner
  • open-minded about interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • curious about studying abroad and experiencing different academic environments
Study support

If you have any questions about your studies, or personal matters to address, you can always contact the study advisor. She knows all the ins and outs of the Euroculture programme and the courses offered at consortium universities. With her you can discuss your various study abroad options and personal planning. The study advisor is impartial and everything discussed is treated confidentially. She can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.