Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making

The Institute for European Studies (IES)

Postgraduate Certificate Blended
12 months
3500 EUR/year
3500 EUR/year
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The Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making (25 ECTS) from the Institute for European Studies (IES) is a blended-learning programme that combines 5 EU Modules online courses (digital learning) with the Inter-University Summer School (face-to-face) in Brussels and Vienna. Students have the flexibility of taking it in 1 or 2 years.


Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making students from the Institute for European Studies (IES) are offered the flexibility of taking this programme in a 1-year or a 2-year track. 

They can also choose the start date of the programme, by either starting off in July with the Summer School, or in September with the online courses.

Online Courses

The 5 EU Modules are taught entirely online using enquiry-based learning as guiding method, by placing the students at the core of the learning process while the instructors role is to present them with puzzles and guide them throughout the process. 

The programme involves self-study, written assignments, group discussions, communication with peers and tutors, support, and continuous feedback. All students get access to the online courses for a period of 12 or 24 months, the entire duration of the programme.

Summer School

The Summer School is an integral part of the 25 ECTS Postgraduate Certificate programme. It plays a complementary role, in that it offers an in-depth analysis of the institutional set-up and decision-making process in the European Union. 

Moreover, the summer school provides students with the opportunity to simulate the negotiation process in the European Council, which is an excellent exercise that prepares students for a career in and around the EU institutions. 

The first week of the summer school is organised in Brussels while the second week takes place in Vienna.

Programme Structure

Online courses:

  • History and Theories of European Integration
  • European Union Institutions
  • European Union Decision-making and Law
  • European Public Policy Analysis 
  • European Union Foreign Affairs 


  • EU Justice and Home Affairs
  • Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in Europe


The postgrad certificate is an excellent choice for students and young professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge on the functioning of the European Union, the intricate European decision-making process and the roles of various actors involved.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines







Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A university degree equivalent to an Undergraduate degree in Social, Economic or Political Sciences, Business, Law and/or Contemporary History consisting of a programme of at least 180 ECTS.
  • If your degree is not within these disciplines, relevant work experience in these or related fields may qualify.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • Full time (1-year track): 3500 EUR
  • Part time (2-year track): 2100 EUR for year 1 and 1800 EUR for year 2


Every academic year, the Institute for European Studies can grant a very limited amount of tuition fee waivers, amounting to reduced tuition fees. 

Please note that the share of the overall tuition fee that can be waived will be 700 EUR maximum. Although these waivers are in general, but not exclusively, granted to prospective students from economically less advanced countries, they will be attributed on the basis of merit and motivation.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making
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