On Wednesday 17 November, the members of the Council Working Party on Transatlantic Affairs (COTRA) spent their away day at the Bruges Campus of the College of Europe. The COTRA gathers officials from...
College of Europe
A European story since 1949
The College of Europe, established on the initiative of the Hague Congress, dates back to 1949 and is the oldest postgraduate institute of European studies. The founding idea was to establish an institution where university graduates from many different European countries could study and live together in preparation for careers related to European cooperation and integration.
Since 1992, the College operates on two campuses, one based in Bruges, Belgium, the other in Natolin, Warsaw, Poland. Our formula ‘one College, two campuses’ is inspired by the same ‘esprit du Collège’.
Every year, hundreds of students from all over Europe and beyond benefit from a truly multicultural learning experience before embarking on inspiring international careers.
College of Europe
Study and experience Europe
The College of Europe is characterised by its academic independence, its bilingualism, the diversity of its teaching staff and its multicultural environment, which together create a genuine European ‘microcosm’.
The academic programmes of Bruges and Natolin provide students with a specialised grounding in the European dimension of their fields of study, as well as an in-depth understanding of Europe in all its complexity.
By working together in an international community of students, academic assistants, faculty and staff members from all corners of the continent and beyond, students experience Europe first-hand and benefit from a wide range of teaching methods and from challenging teamwork and negotiation exercises.
College of Europe
Laboratory of the European Renaissance
For more than 70 years the College of Europe has contributed to the European integration project, providing generations of leaders the knowledge, experience and collective wisdom that enabled them to turn the dream of a unified, peaceful and prosperous continent into reality.
Today, exactly as in the times of its foundation, the College of Europe is ready to form a new generation of women and men capable of imagining and building the social, economic and political renaissance of our continent, guided by the project of integration as well as its relations with the rest of the world.
On our two campuses, Bruges and Natolin, you will find not only a top quality postgraduate institute of European studies with a unique interdisciplinary approach and senior academics and practitioners from over twenty-five countries, but also a truly European living experience that will remain with you for the rest of your life, as you will become part of an extraordinary network - the College family.
The Bruges campus of the College of Europe offers very specialised programmes focusing on European Affairs. The host city is well known for its stunning beauty and is within easy reach of Brussels and the key EU and International institutions, think tanks, and other stakeholders in the European project.
Each year around 350 students from over 50 different countries come together to nurture and exchange ideas on the European project. Dynamic professors and small group teaching feature in its offer of a unique teaching and living experience. Students are housed in residences throughout the city and have access to a wide range of cultural and sporting activities.
The Natolin campus of the College of Europe is at the cutting edge of the academic study of new developments in the EU and neighbouring countries. Its interdisciplinary programme focuses on multilateral dimensions of the EU, and is complemented by two study trips which provide students with a wider perspective on Europe and its neighbourhoods.
Located on a historic estate and nature reserve, Natolin allows for a communal collegiate atmosphere, welcoming around 130 students from more than 30 countries each year. As an internationally-recognised centre of excellence, Natolin promotes debate, research, and training on topical European challenges, particularly in the areas of energy and climate transition, security, social movements, and media.
Life at our Campuses
Learning, living, having meals and spending free time together all make up the unique communal experience of the College. They are at the heart of what is known as the ‘College spirit’ or ‘l'esprit du Collège’. This spirit is defined by solidarity, respect, openness, teamwork and taking care of one another.
In such an inclusive environment students are empowered not only to excel academically, but also to be creative and develop their soft and interpersonal skills by organising and taking part in numerous extracurricular events and leisure activities. The campus becomes their home for ten months and they are invited to make the most of this experience.
Apply to the College of Europe
We are delighted that you are considering applying to the College of Europe, a choice you will never regret!
The online application for the academic year 2022-2023 will be open from 11 October 2021 until 19 January 2022.