Study Track: Economic Studies

Academic Year 2022-2023

Why follow the Economic Studies study track? 

Economics is an important component of transatlantic affairs, be it in matters of international trade, international monetary relations, the effects of monetary and fiscal policies, or competition (antitrust) and regulatory issues. The “Economic Studies” study track offered in Bruges will provide students with a deep understanding of European Union policies and a critical economic analysis of their content. These will be completed with courses on international economic relations at The Fletcher School. 

 

Students starting at the College of Europe

Students starting at the Fletcher School

 

Students starting at the College of Europe 

Semester 1 in Bruges 

At a glance 

  • 1 MATA compulsory course, 5 ECTS 

  • 4 ECO compulsory courses, 18 ECTS  

  • Thesis and internship preparation  

 

MATA compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Transatlantic Affairs (J. SHATTUCK, 5 ECTS, 27h) 

ECO compulsory courses (30h, 4.5 ECTS) 

  • Economics of European Competition Policy (CLAICI A. & KOVO D.) 

  • EU Macroeconomics (CODOGNO L) 

  • Economics of European Integration : From Theory to Practice (B. DUMONT & J. PIETRAS)  

MATA-ECO students must select 1 of the following compulsory courses 

  • Applied Econometrics (B. DE ROCK)  

  • Law and Economics of Multi-Sided Markets (L. FILISTRUCCHI & N. PETIT) 

MATA-ECO Thesis and Internship Preparation 

During this semester, students will start preparing their thesis proposal on transatlantic affairs as well as their internship search. The thesis will be co-supervised by one professor from each institution. 

Semester 2 in Bruges 

At a glance 

  • 1 MATA compulsory course, 5 ECTS 

  • 4 ECO optional courses, 18 ECTS 

  • MATA study trip to Brussels, no ECTS 

  • ECO study trip to Luxembourg and Frankfurt, no ECTS 

  • ECO compact seminar(s), voluntary, no ECTS 

  • Thesis and internship development 

 

MATA compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: Transatlantic Project (B. LÉTÉ & B. BERTI, 5 ECTS, 20h) 

ECO optional courses (30h, 4.5 ECTS) 

  • FinTech and the Transformation of Digital Services in the EU (AYALA M. & SOUCHAUD A) 

  • Economics of EU Environmental and Climate Change Policy (BAUDRY M.) 

  • EU and International Trade  (VANDERMAREL E.) 

  • EU Policies: Review and Analysis of their Implementation (BERDEN K. & KAEDING M.) 

  • The Economics of European Financial Regulation and Supervision (CASEY J.-P. & NADRY D.) 

  • Economics of EU Network Industries (PELKMANS J.) 

  • European Banking (DE GROEN W.P. & MARQUES A.) 

  • Sustainable Finance in the EU (HIEBERT P. & VANSTEENKISTE I.) 

  • EU Economic Policy Advice : Case Analyses (JONKERS K.) 

ECO compact seminars (voluntary, no ECTS) 

  • The EIB and its Role in the EU Development Cooperation (PALANZA F., 6h, no ECTS) 

  • Business Interest Representation in the EU (van de WERVE T., 15h, no ECTS) 

Study trip 

  • MATA-ECO students participate in the MATA study trip to Brussels and the ECO study trip to Luxembourg and Frankfurt 

MATA-ECO Thesis and Internship Development 

During this semester, students continue to develop their thesis proposal on transatlantic affairs as well as identify their internship. The thesis will be co-supervised by one professor from each institution. 

Semesters 3 and 4 in the US  

At a glance 

  • 4 courses at The Fletcher School, 24 ECTS 

  • Thesis submission, 25 ECTS 

  • High-level internship, 25 ECTS 

 

During the second year, MATA students will spend one semester at the Fletcher School (24 ECTS) and one semester doing a high-level internship (25 ECTS) related to transatlantic affairs for a minimum of 3 months. Students can select which semester for both the internship and Fletcher coursework. 

Students submit their master’s thesis (25 ECTS) in April on a topic related to transatlantic affairs, supervised by a faculty member from both the College of Europe’s ECO faculty and the Fletcher School. 

At the Fletcher School, MATA students select 4 courses (6 ECTS and between 26.5h and 32.5h each) from any of the three divisions: 

  • International Law and Organizations (ILO);  

  • Diplomacy, History and Politics (DHP);  

  • Economics and International Business (EIB) 

They may also cross-register and substitute one of these four courses from Tufts University or Harvard University. Additionally, they may take an extra half course. 

 

Students starting at the Fletcher School

Semester 1 at Fletcher 

At a glance 

  • 1 MATA compulsory course, 5 ECTS 

  • 3 courses from Fletcher with cross-registration at Harvard or MIT possible, 18 ECTS 

 

MATA compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Transatlantic Affairs (J. SHATTUCK, 5 ECTS, 27h) 

Students also choose at least one course from each of the three divisions (‘breadth requirement’):  

 

Students follow 5 courses during the second semester, in addition to preparing for their internship and continuing work on their thesis.  A supervisor from the Fletcher School and the ECO faculty are identified. 

Compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: Transatlantic Project (B. LÉTÉ & B. BERTI, 5 ECTS, 20h) 

Students also choose at least one course from each of the three divisions (‘breadth requirement’), with the following recommended courses:  

  • International Law and Organizations (ILO) 

  • Diplomacy, History and Politics (DHP)  

  • Economics and International Business (EIB) 

Students may also cross-register and substitute one of them by a relevant course from Tufts University or Harvard University.  

 

Semester 3 High-level internship in Europe, 25 ECTS 

Students undertake a high-level internship related to transatlantic affairs (25 ECTS) for at least 3 months. 

Semester 4 in Bruges 

At a glance 

  • 4 ECO optional courses, 18 ECTS  

  • Thesis submission, 25 ECTS 

  • MATA study trip, no ECTS 

  • ECO study trip, no ECTS 

  • Simulation game, voluntary, no ECTS 

  • Compact seminars, voluntary, no ECTS 

 

Students take 4 courses and have the possibility to take a range of non-credit courses. MATA-ECO students attend the MATA study trip to Brussels and the ECO study trip to Luxembourg and Frankfurt. Students submit their master’s thesis (25 ECTS) on a topic related to transatlantic affairs in April, supervised by a member from both the College of Europe’s ECO faculty and the Fletcher School. 

Compulsory courses 

  • Thesis submission (25 ECTS) 

ECO optional courses (select 4, 30h, 4.5 ECTS) 

  • FinTech and the Transformation of Digital Services in the EU (AYALA M. & SOUCHAUD A) 

  • Economics of EU Environmental and Climate Change Policy (BAUDRY M.) 

  • EU Policies : Review and Analysis of their Implementation (BERDEN K. & KAEDING M.) 

  • Actions for Damages : Quantification of Harm (BUCCIROSSI P.) 

  • The Economics of European Financial Regulation and Supervision (CASEY J.-P. & NADRY D.) 

  • Economics of EU Network Industries (PELKMANS J.) 

Study trip 

  • MATA-ECO students participate in the MATA study trip to Brussels and the ECO study trip to Frankfurt 

ECO compact seminars (voluntary, no ECTS) 

  • The EIB and its Role in the EU Development Cooperation (PALANZA F., 6h, no ECTS) 

  • Business Interest Representation in the EU (van de WERVE T., 15h, no ECTS) 

 

 

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