European Studies
Thorbecke Academy

European Studies course overview

The European Studies degree at NHL Stenden prepares you for a career as a young European professional. As well as developing your insights into European policy and society, you will develop your cross-cultural sensitivity, your language skills, and your ability to present and debate. You can take various optional courses during your degree that enable you to take subjects or do workshops you find particularly interesting or relevant to your career plans. You can even take subjects offered by other study programmes. You’ll also work on your personal development, taking on leadership roles, developing your talents and exploring the areas you need to strengthen under the guidance of your study coach. 


The programme for European Studies 

The programme focuses on developing the skills you need to work in international or internationally oriented jobs in policy, communications, public relations and commercial fields. The small scale of the programme means you get to really draw on the experience and network of our lecturers taking you into the worlds of European institutions, sciences and public administration.  

The international setting broadens your horizons, helps develop your intercultural and language skills and, above all, ensures you’ll have an amazing time.  

Download the brochure to get a really useful one-page overview of the curriculum with a description of the modules and a list of subjects per year, the study load and the ECTS you can earn. Use it to compare the programme with other studies you’re interested in.

Minors and specialisations for European Studies 

In your third year European Studies, you get to specialise by taking a number of minors. 

Course catalogue

The course catalogue contains detailed information on the programme, so that you can compare different studies or get a more in-depth understanding of what the programme entails.

Practical approach of European Studies

We aim to help you put theory into practice as quickly as possible. Through our educational concept, Design-Based Education (DBE), you work in small teams of students, teachers, researchers and industry professionals. You tackle current, real-life issues developing and adapting your visions and ideas to form a solid solution. And you gain yet more practical experience during your internship in your final year.  

International opportunities

We want to prepare you for an international, intercultural, and ever-changing environment, so that you can dive into the unknown and gain experience in an international context. It is possible with our Grand Tour, Exchange programme or one of our mobility options offered by RUN-EU. Or you can choose to do your internship abroad. You’ll be able to put together the right combination of courses and internships to develop both your professional and personal skills – and develop your own network for the future.

“I wanted to study politics and public administration in the Netherlands. This course at NHL Stenden was, in my eyes, the best there is.”
Laura Fučedżi from Riga and Olga Cervi from Milan
Students European Studies

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