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’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 our study coach. 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 third year and your graduation assignment in your final year.  


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.  

Minors and specialisations for European Studies 

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

Minors are electives in which you focus on a specific subject or expand your knowledge by taking an additional subject. This allows you to truly take charge of your education by ‘customising’ your course.  

You can take these minors on the Leeuwarden campus or at one of the NHL Stenden Grand Tour locations in South Africa, Bali or Thailand. You can also choose from minors offered by other courses and universities of applied sciences – this is all part of broadening your academic skills. 

  • Cross-border Migration, Governance and Security (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)
    Explore the different perspectives and dilemmas of cross-border migration with this minor in Cross-border Migration, Governance and Security. You’ll delve into your own social compass and examine how policies can supplement or contradict each other. 
  • Cyber resilience of citizens and organisations (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)
    With this minor looking at cyber resilience you explore the human, organisational and technological measures that can be taken to make citizens and organisations digitally resilient.  
  • Intelligence and counterintelligence (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)
    Introducing you to the art of intelligence and counterintelligence by focusing on foreign interference and covert action in Europe, this minor covers the role of intelligence and the nature of counterintelligence, denial and deception. 
  • Sustainable Society (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)
    Covering professional development, sustainable change and energy transition, this minor helps you understand what sustainability means and how tools and theories can be applied in real-life situations.   
  • The Art of Ethical Leadership (Leeuwarden/South Africa)  
    Learn how to apply key concepts of ethical and critical thinking and why tomorrow’s leaders cannot do without a developed moral compass. Develop your soft power, your ability to attract and cooperate rather than to coerce.  

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.

“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

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 TourExchange 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.

Is this degree for you?

If you're confident this degree is the one for you, then why not apply online straightaway? Or pick one of the other options to help you take the next step.