Frequently asked questions: Application
I have not studied political science, European studies, international relations, law, economics or history, can I still apply to the EU International Relations and Diplomacy programme?
An application is not excluded. Given your academic background, you might, however, consider applying to our European Interdisciplinary Studies (EIS) programme, based in Natolin (Warsaw). The Natolin programme tends to accept students with a broader academic background than the Bruges programmes as it is interdisciplinary in nature, but you will need the same level of qualifications as for Bruges. It is also possible to apply for two programmes by indicating clear preferences (first and second choices) on the application form.
Why do I have to make a second choice if I am a candidate for the EU international relations and diplomacy studies?
Due to the large number of applications for a limited number of places, we have to consider your second choice.
Where should I send the original documents? To the College or to the national selection committee?
You should send the originals to the national committee and a copy of the printed application and documents to the Admissions Office of the College of Europe in Bruges. If possible, please use 2 original photographs.
Is a translation of the documents necessary?
Yes, as the documents will be evaluated by the academic staff of the College. Please send a copy of the original document with either a French or English translation.
Is a copy of the degree and academic results sufficient or do you need the originals? Do they have to be legalised?
A copy will be sufficient. Legalisation is not necessary if you send a copy of the original document together with the French or English translation.
Where should I send my diploma after the deadline? To the College or to the selection committee?
To the Admissions Office of the College of Europe in Bruges.
Do I need to send the two letters of recommendation both to my selection committee and to the Admissions Office of the College?
Yes, please ask your university professors to provide you with two copies of each letter.
Do special forms for the letters of recommendation exist?
I would like to apply for the EU International Relations and Diplomacy Programme. I finished my studies one or several years ago and have been/was working for a ministry, a university or a private company. Do I have to provide you with two letters of recommendation from my professors?
You are requested to provide us with minimum one letter of recommendation from one of your professors who has supervised your thesis or who has taught you one of your major courses during your last years of studies. The second letter can be written by your (last) employer.