European Studies

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Why is it hard for many people to identify as Europeans? How does Europe protect its minorities? and how should the European Union position itself in a rapidly changing global landscape?

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typeregulier, 120 EC
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opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
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Please note: All applications are processed and accepted only through our own website at Applications made through the official University of Groningen website will not be considered.

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree of Excellence 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.

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. Euroculture has been recognized as a Master of Excellence by the European Commission.

For more detailed information, please visit the Euroculture consortium website.

Waarom aan de RUG?

Euroculture in Groningen is proud of being a founding member of the Euroculture programme (1999), and of its achievements as Programme of Excellence. From 2010 onwards, we have been continuously ranked as (one of the) best European Studies Programme(s) in the Netherlands (source: Master Keuzegids). The University of Groningen is a prestigious Research University, as it 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 many excellent facilities, not only for studying (ICT, library, Placement Office, International Office), but also for sports, entertainment and leisure.


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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
Theory & Methodology
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 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:

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)


taal van onderwijs100% en
active learning, case study, classroom teaching, excursion, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, individual guidance, internship, lecture, research, research project, research proposal, oral presentation, portfolio, poster presentation, project, self evaluation, self study, seminar, thesis, tutorial, webinar, working group
instruction modes
Euroculture is a Programme of Excellence based on the learning community model, supported by state-of-the-art learning and teaching methods, combining theory and practice. The programme has a very strong emphasis on learning and teaching in small-size seminar groups.
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
Semester 1:
Students opt for one of our eight partner universities in Europe. This can be (but does not have to be) Groningen!

Semester 2:
Students continue their programme at another one of our eight partner universities in Europe.

Semester 3:
Students opt for our Research Track with any European partner university, or choose to pursue the Internship Track at a relevant institution.

Semester 4:
Students return to either their first or second semester university to finish their

Toelating en kosten


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.

Additional requirements English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 92, or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

reference letter
Two recommendation letters: submitted in two separate files.
One of these letters has to be an academic letter, the other one may be from a relevant non-academic organization, or company (former employer). The letters should be written in English (regardless of the university you apply for), dated, be printed on the official letterhead of the institution(s) the applicant is from and signed by the referee: contain the referee's affiliation, their contact details and explicitly mention the relation to the applicant.

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 400.00levensonderhoud
€ 100.00studiematerialenper jaar
€ 500.00
€ 200.00visa/permitper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

De stad


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.
Arete is the alumni organization of the Euroculture programme, managed by alumni and students. Its main purpose is to form a Euroculture network in order to keep in touch with each other and provide opportunities for exchanges and meet-ups.


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1/2 RUG
Europese Studies
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
43 eerstejaars
79% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/2 RUG
Euroculture (EM)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
20 eerstejaars
55% 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

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Potentiële beroepen

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Prof. Dr. Janny de Jong

Director of Studies

Jelmer Herms

Course and Consortium Manager

Julia Karoline Meyer

Student Ambassador

Board Of Examiners Euroculture Groningen

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