M.A. European Studies

  • On Campus
  • 20 months
  • EUR700 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR700 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • French ( Find a course )
Geneva - University of Geneva | Geneva, Switzerland
The European Institute of Geneva University is an interfaculty center. Its aim is to coordinate and to promote teachings on European studies, and to conduct researches on the construction of Europe by interdisciplinary teams. Therefore, it gathers teachers and researchers of different Faculties as Arts, Law, and Economic and Social Sciences. A two years study’s program conducts to the achievement of a Master in European Studies, in accordance with the reform on higher education introduced by the Bologna Process.



The Master in European Studies includes 3 possible orientations:

  • The orientation “Cultures and societies” is part of the legacy of the founder of the European Institute, Denis de Rougemont, for whom culture played an essential role in the construction of Europe. This orientation focuses on the diversity of Europe’s cultural sources, its rich history and its long process of construction. The orientation includes courses in history, the history of ideas, as well as courses which explore the different dimensions of European culture: literature, cinema, intercultural relations, cosmopolitanism, etc.
  • The orientation “Economics, politics and societies” includes courses in political science, sociology and economics. In addition to its focus on the European Union (EU) institutions, internal policies, relations with citizens, the media and security issues, this orientation places particular emphasis on the international aspects of the EU. In relation to economics, the orientation offers unique courses on the economic relations between Europe and the rest of the world, particularly developing countries.
  • The orientation “Institutions, law and societies” focuses on the major role played by law in the process of European integration. The bases, construction, principles and application of European law provide the framework for this orientation. In the context of European integration, European law seems to predate European society. Within this orientation, the issue of how national societies, with their respective laws, and supranational European law can coexist is explored from an interdisciplinary perspective.

To complete their degree, students may opt for a work placement or a dissertation. The work placement aims to prepare students for professional activity and requires that students write a final report about the experience gained, while the dissertation prepares students for academic research.

Career opportunities

With the knowledge and skills acquired in the Master’s programme, graduates find employment in a wide range of areas. Students often go on to work in public policy planning and implementation at the regional, national or European levels. Many opportunities can also be found in the international sector, particularly in Geneva, in European institutions, international organisations, NGOs or multinational companies. This programme also prepares graduates for further studies in journalism.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 31 March
Tuition fee
  • EUR 700 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR 700 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


500 CHF / semester

During the online application process, applicants with a foreign degree will be charged an administrative fee of 65 CHF, to be deducted from the first-semester tuition fees.

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters), 120 ECTS credits

Core curriculum for the 3 concentrations, 30 credits

European culture

European history

Political integration

European law

Economic integration

Methodological and interdisciplinary seminar, 6 credits

Orientation-specific courses and electives, 54 credits

Work placement or dissertation, 30 credits

Duration full-time 20 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the French language. Find French courses on Language Learning Portal.


Level of French required

Epreuve de base à valeur éliminatoire pour les non francophones, à l’exception des cas décrits: Eliminatory general test for non-Francophones, with the exception of the following cases :


Passive knowledge of English recommended

Admission criteria

Bachelor or equivalent degree. Admission based on application file.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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