College of Europe

Brugge, Belgium

No. Students: 420 No. of Academic staff: 140
Funding type: Public
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The College of Europe, founded in 1949 and based in Bruges and Natolin (Warsaw), is a centre of academic excellence preparing individuals to work and live in an international environment. The College of Europe focuses on postgraduate European studies in the legal, economic, political, international relations and interdisciplinary domains, while also providing a range of tailor-made seminars and training courses targeted at executives and public sector officials.

The academic quality and the variety of its postgraduate European study programmes are renowned worldwide. The College of Europe is the most genuinely `European´ of all the university institutes of European studies: it attracts a highly qualified pan-European faculty and welcomes students from across the entire continent and further a field; it enjoys a truly European atmosphere on its Bruges and Natolin (Warsaw) campuses, and it can rely on its unique network of personal and institutional relationships developed, throughout Europe and beyond, over the past 59 years. As the careers of many of its alumni illustrate, the College degree opens up rewarding professional prospects in Europe and at the international level.


Bruges campus

The College of Europe campus "Dijver" in Bruges The College of Europe campus "Verversdijk" in Bruges

The Bruges campus is situated in the centre of Bruges, which was appointed European Capital of Culture in 2002. Bruges is located in the Flemish Region of Belgium, a Flemish (Dutch)-speaking area, although the university does not use Dutch as one of its working languages.

It consists of the following campus buildings:


The College's main administrative building on the Bruges Campus, with the reception, offices, classrooms and the library.


Since 2007 the Verversdijk buildings of the College of Europe provide additional auditoria, teaching rooms and offices for academics, research fellows and staff and will allow the College to extend its activities.


The Hotel Portinari in Garenmarkt 15 with its classical facade was formerly home to Tommaso Portinari, the administrator of the Florentine "Loggia de Medici" in the 15th century in Bruges. It contains eleven apartments for professors and forty student rooms, two "salons" in 19th century style, the "salon du Recteur" with 18th century wall paintings and a modern "Mensa" for students.


This building was a College residence until the early 1990s. The College has completely renovated the building for use as an administrative building in the late 1990s and now holds a 30-year long lease on the property. The building is classified as monument and houses the College's Development Office.


The College has a system of residences in the centre of Bruges and not far from the Dijver where the main administrative and academic building and the library are situated. None of the residences lodges more than 60 students so that each residence in fact has its own small multinational and multicultural environment.

Natolin (Warsaw) campus

Potocki Palace in Natolin

The Natolin Warsaw campus of the College was established in 1992 in response to the revolutions of 1989 and in anticipation of the European Unions eastern enlargement.

Today, the Natolin campus is part of a 120-hectare historical park and nature reserve - formerly the Royal hunting palace of Natolin - situated in the southern part of Warsaw about 30 minutes by metro from the city centre. The Natolin European Centre Foundation takes care of the complex and has conducted restoration of the former Potocki palace, making it available for the College.

The old historical buildings, including the Manor house, the Stables and the Coach house, were converted to the needs of modern times and new buildings were constructed in a style keeping with the harmony of the Palace and its outlying park.

Master's Programmes at College of Europe

European Political and Administrative Studies

European Legal Studies

European Economic Studies

EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies

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