• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
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Overview

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 include:

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

Audience

The certificate is an excellent choice for students and young professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge on the functioning of the European Union, its intricate decision-making process and the roles of various actors involved. Students are offered the flexibility of taking this programme in a 1-year or a 2-year track.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Enrolment in July (starting with the summer school)
    • Enrolment in September (starting with the EU online courses)
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Either starting in July with the Summer School, or in September with the online courses.

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Either starting in July with the Summer School, or in September with the online courses.

  • Credits
    25 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended
    • Time flexibility
      Semi-structured
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    577

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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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

    3504 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3504 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Full time (1-year track): 3500 EUR
  • Part time (2-year track): 2100 EUR for year 1 and 1800 EUR for year 2

Living costs for Brussels

  • 885 - 1310 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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.

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