• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Master of Arts in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives (MAES) introduces students to the study of Europe as a continent of strong interactions across national boundaries and of constant exchange with the outside world. It offers insights and knowledge about the nature and functioning of Europe both in the contemporary world and in an historical perspective.


This interdisciplinary programme engages students to study Europe both as a transnational community and as an actor in a globalised world. The programme offers insights and knowledge on the nature and functions of Europe both in current world affairs and from a historical perspective.

Interaction with staff members from various disciplines and faculties (Social Sciences, Arts, Law, Economics, and Theology) exposes students to a wide range of theoretical approaches and allows them to acquire the necessary methodological skills. The programme strongly emphasises  the need to engage in a critical debate with the challenges that confront Europe in respect to its internal, diversified identities and its interaction with other actors in the world.


The multidisciplinary ‘Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives’ engages students to study Europe as a continent of strong interactions across national boundaries and constant exchanges with the outside world. By choosing one of the five modules, students focus on

  • transnational perspectives on European history, society, diversity and culture;
  • the external relations and policies of the European Union;
  • the position and interactions of Europe in a context of globalisation and global governance;
  • the interactions and comparisons between Europe and Asia;
  • the connectivities and dynamics in the history and current affairs of Russia, wider Europe and the European Union.

Career paths

MAES graduates are equipped with in-depth knowledge of various aspects of European politics, law, history and culture, are schooled in various research methodologies, and are able to communicate their findings to a diverse audience. MAES graduates are thus well positioned for a wide range of professional pursuits.

Many of our alumni work for European institutions and interest groups, provide advice on European affairs to national, regional or local administrations and governments, or work as European affairs officers for private companies and non-governmental organisations. Others are engaged in national and multinational diplomacy or hold academic positions in European politics, economy, history and culture at universities all over the world. Still, yet other alumni inform the public about European affairs as journalists or cultural officers. 

Having delivered its first graduates almost 30 years ago, MAES counts many prominent figures in European affairs among its alumni. Many of them attribute their MA degree in European Studies as a decisive factor in their career success.

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Programme Structure

You choose four courses from one of five interdisciplinary modules.

  • European History, Diversity, and Culture focuses on historical diversities and transnational movements and institutions in Europe.
  • EU External Relations analyses the external policies and relations of the European Union within the context of globalisation and new forms of global governance.
  • Globalising Europe investigates different dimensions of globalisation and their relevance for contemporary European society, politics, and culture.
  • Europe - Asia: Interactions and Comparisons offers students the possibility to complement their European perspective with knowledge of developments in contemporary Asia.
  • Europe, Russia and European Neighbourhoods unveils connectivities and dynamics in the history and current affairs of greater Europe and its relations with Russia.

All students take the course 'Transnational and Global Perspectives on Europe' and write a master's thesis.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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    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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General Requirements

On the basis of the following degrees, or similar degrees, obtained in the Flemish Community:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Any Master's degree in the Humanities

All students must be formally enrolled (and have fulfilled all conditions) before the start of the academic year.

Students who are not native English speakers are required to provide an evidence of proficiency in the English language. An evidence of proficiency in the English language is not required for students who successfully finalized a full-time study programme of at least one year at a university in an Anglo-Saxon country.

For more information, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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