European Studies

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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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.

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diplomaMA Europese Studies
typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
maximum aantal plaatsen: 25
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

awardKeuzegids topopleiding
2015 : score 78, 2016 : score 76, 2017
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.

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Masterweek Groningen
Van 19 t/m 23 maart 2018 organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen een mastervoorlichting op locatie. Aanmelden kan vanaf eind februari 2018.


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opbouwIn 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).
1e jaar
  • 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)
The Cultural Construction of Europe: Language, Art and Thought
5 EC
Cultural History: Domains of European Identity
10 EC
The Political and Legal Construction of Europe
10 EC
Eurocompetence I
5 EC
Eurocompetence II
5 EC
Research Seminar II: Integration Processes
10 EC
Methodology & Theory
10 EC
Intensive Programme Euroculture
5 EC
Research Seminar I: Representing Europe
10 EC
2e jaar
  • 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)
Master's Thesis Euroculture: Research
5 EC
Euroculture Internship and Report keuzevak
25 EC
Master's Thesis Euroculture: Writing
25 EC
Eurocompetence III
5 EC


track Research

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.


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

track Professional

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:


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet25% zelfstudie
55% theorie
20% praktijk
oral presentation, internship, research project, excursion, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, portfolio, group discussion, individual assignment, self study, project, seminar
study guidance
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.
study abroad
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.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 maart 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 maart 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Students should have a sufficient Level of English, certified by a CAE, TOEFL or IELTS 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 5.5
  • 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:

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.

inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


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28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU


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.
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.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Rieke, Germany
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...
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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Nazli, Turkey
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.
Yining, China
What surprised me most about the Netherlands was that the percentage of English-speaking people seems the same as in the United States

Giacomo, Italy
werkzaam als Senior Research Officer bij The Department of Sociology of the University of Essex
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. I study borders and boundaries – physical, geopolitical, cultural or social – and how they shape local communities, their identities and self-perception.
Adam, USA
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!
Stefan, Germany
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 intercultural 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 intercultural skills I gathered, and these still help me a lot today.'
Gerard, The Netherlands
werkzaam als PhD student at the Faculty of Law bij University of Groningen
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.
Kiran, Nepal
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.
Anne, Germany
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.'
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 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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Veronika, Ukraine
I managed to improve my project management skills with the Eurocompetence experience

My double-degree in Euroculture was very helpful. I managed to improve my project management skills with the Eurocompetence experience, and my employers were very interested that such a thing exists.
Jelle The Netherlands
werkzaam als Head of European Affairs bij European Capital of Culture Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018
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.

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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Namchoke, Thailand
afgestudeerd in 2015 werkzaam als Analyst of Customs Policies bij Thay Embassy in Belgium
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...
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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Bianca, Italy
afgestudeerd in 2013 werkzaam als Administrative Assistant at the Secretariat-General bij European Commission
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 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.....
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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Mari, Japan
afgestudeerd in 2016
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.
Janny de Jong
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...
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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1/2 Rijksuniversiteit
Europese Studies
star Keuzegids topopleiding 2015  78
Keuzegids topopleiding 2016  76
Keuzegids topopleiding 2017
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/2 Rijksuniversiteit
Euroculture (EM)
star Keuzegids topopleiding 2016  76
Keuzegids topopleiding 2015  78
Keuzegids topopleiding 2017
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
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Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

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

current job market

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Prof. Dr. Janny de Jong

Director of Studies

Maria Ananchenkova MA

Course coordinator

T: +31 50 36 36293
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