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College of Europe

The "College Formula" ensures that, for 10 months, students live and follow together an intensive programme in a challenging and highly stimulating educational environment – which truly prepares them to live and work in an increasingly integrated Europe. The student body – around 300 students in Bruges and up to 120 students in Natolin (Warsaw) – reflects a real diversity of culture and personal experience.



The College of Europe was the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs, and remains unique and innovative to this day. Its origins date back to the 1948 Hague Congress when Salvador DE MADARIAGA, a Spanish statesman, thinker and writer in exile, proposed the establishment of a College.


Ever since its foundation at the very start of it the College of Europe has had the mission to make well selected postgraduate students understand the political, legal, economic and international core issues, challenges and potentials of this unique process. This not for art’s sake, but to prepare them for leadership functions requiring a strategic understanding of European issues.


The main goals of the Careers Office of the College of Europe are to familiarise students with the European job market and to equip them with the right skills and tools to access it.

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Student services

The College of Europe campuses Bruges and Natolin (Warsaw) offer its students a wide range of similar services to ensure an optimal study and life environment.

Housing services

The College’s residential life is a vital component of the student experience. By living in student residences, students from across Europe and beyond live and work together, in the classroom, in the residences, and in the College as a whole. The intensity of this personal experience and interaction ensures that students become familiar with the full cultural and social diversity of Europe and learn how to work in an international environment.

Library services

The Libraries of the College of Europe in Bruges and Natolin (Warsaw) are linked to document delivery services and electronic information networks worldwide. A high priority is placed on easy access to electronic information resources and multimedia facilities, with on-line access to the Library catalogues available across both campuses.

ICT services

The College of Europe has an up-to-date ICT infrastructure on both campuses, providing students with the best possible facilities for carrying out their day-to-day work. The Computer Rooms offer unlimited Internet access, and high volume black-and-white and colour printers. The IT services provide students with telephone and network services.

Student Life

Campus life

The College of Europe was established in 1949 in Bruges in Belgium. Since 1992 the College has operated on two campuses in two host countries, in Bruges (Belgium) and in Natolin (Poland).