Why study transatlantic affairs?

‘Forging transatlantic leaders’

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman with College of Europe students 


Together, the US and Europe form vital economic and security partnerships that form the backbone of international cooperation. No durable solution to the issues facing the international system can be found without the transatlantic alliance. 

The Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA) combines the resources of the College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin) and The Fletcher School for students looking to acquire academic and professional skills needed to launch their international career.  

MATA students can specialize in the political, legal, and economic aspects of transatlantic relations that include: 

  • Climate change 

  • Security relations, including NATO 

  • Energy security 

  • Trade 

  • Economic and financial regulation  

Both institutions are renowned for their academic excellence developed by teaching staff composed of both leading academics and practitioners, professional training to prepare students for a variety of career trajectories, and their extensive international alumni networks.  

“The degree in Transatlantic Affairs turned out to be so versatile. It equipped us with knowledge about geopolitics, dual-use technological advancements, history, human rights, energy, and even macroeconomics.”
-Christian Vlad Iudt, MATA class of 2022

Why I chose MATA