European Studies - Transnational and Global Perspectives, M.A.

European Studies - Transnational and Global Perspectives, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
The interdisciplinary programme Master of Arts in European Studies - Transnational and Global Perspectives (MAES) at KU Leuven introduces students to the study of Europe as a continent of strong interactions across national boundaries and of constant exchange with the outside world. 


This interdisciplinary programme engages students to study Europe both as a transnational community and as an actor in a globalised world. The programme offers insight and knowledge about the nature and functioning of Europe both in the contemporary world and in 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 about the challenges that confront Europe with respect to its internal, diversified identities and ites interaction with other actors in the world. 


The multidisciplinary Master of European Studies - Transnational and Global Perspectives at KU Leuven 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.

  or the connectivities and dynamics in the history and current affairs of Russia, wider Europe and the European Union.

The multidisciplinary and research-based education enables students to acquire skills to understand, contextualize and assess complex challenges that transcend disciplinary boundaries as well as national and regional borders. It allows students to engage in a critical debate about Europe within a context of complex internal and external dynamics, and formulate alternative options.

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 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.

Many hold academic positions in European politics, economy, history and culture at universities all over the world. Still other alumni inform the public about European affairs as journalists and cultural officers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Transnational and Global Perspectives on Europe: Ideas, Theories and Methodologies
  • Solidarity in European Welfare States: Trends and Challenges
  • Linguistic Aspects of Ethno-Cultural Diversity
  • European Perspectives on Religion
  • Nation State and Empire: Conceptions of Political Order in Modern Europe (1800-2000)

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 12 months
        • Credits
          60 ECTS
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus

        English Language Requirements

        This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

        Schedule IELTS

        Academic Requirements

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

        • Bachelor of Economics 
        • Bachelor of Commercial Sciences 
        • Bachelor of Pedagogical Sciences 
        • Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies 
        • Bachelor of applied economics 
        • Bachelor of Applied Economic Sciences: Commercial Engineer 

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

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

          906 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

        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.


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