First semester

The first semester of the European Interdisciplinary Studies programme at Natolin is thematically geared towards the broad defining components of EU studies on the one hand, and towards the main elements of context of European history and politics on the other. Concretely, students learn about the EU institutions, the web of rules surrounding them, and the economic governance in the EU against the backdrop of history of European civilization, development of national identities, roles of democracy and religion in contemporary societies, and influence of phenomena such as migration, energy and technology on political agendas.

The first semester study trip offers to students a deeper understanding of European identities and a first-hand experience of policies in practice at the EU’s borders. The study trip is an integral part of the academic programme, participation is obligatory and students are expected to attend all related conferences and activities. It counts for 2 ECTS.

After finishing their first semester with a comprehensive and well-contextualized grasp of European integration, Natolin students then move to the second semester where they specialize in one of the four offered thematic majors, customizable according to student interests.

Introductory courses

All students need to follow all introductory courses, in principle, before the start of the academic year, but not later than the start of the corresponding compulsory and core courses.

Compulsory courses

All students need to follow all three compulsory courses.

All students are expected to take the pluridisciplinary track core courses. However, students may replace one, two, or all three core courses from this track with a choice of one, two, or three core courses from the interdisciplinary track provided that they pass entry tests into the disciplines covered by the pluridisciplinary track.

Pluridisciplinary track core courses:

Interdisciplinary track core courses:


Contextual courses

Students need to select two contextual courses.


Participation in the masterclass is optional.

  • CICHOCKI, M. A. & DĘBSKI, S. – Cold War Strategies from the Central Eastern Europe Perspective (10h, 0 ECTS)


Students need to select one or two workshops.

Simulation games

Students need to select one simulation game.

  • BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI, R. – The Paris Peace Conference of 1919-20 (10h, 2 ECTS)
  • MINK, G. & CICHOCKI, M. A. – Drafting a Peace Treaty for the End of the Cold War (10h, 2 ECTS)

Master’s thesis and Research Methods

In addition to the courses they take during the first and second semesters, students must write and defend a Master’s thesis in English or French, counting for 16 ECTS. Participation in Research Methods containing several selectable modules is optional.

  • STEINGASS, S. (coord.); BOBROWICZ, B.; BRUN PEDERSEN, R.; EXADAKTYLOS, T.; LONGHURST, K.; MINK, G.; MOORHOUSE, R.; SZOSTAK, R.; VAN ELSUWEGE, P.; WINAND, P. - Research Methods / Méthodes de recherche (20h)

Professional development

The Professional Development and Career Orientation programme complements the academic programme with on-site, made-to-measure support and guidance in helping to shape the students’ professional paths.

Language courses

In addition to benefitting from a bilingual study programme, students can take advantage of language courses on offer implemented by the Languages and Intercultural Dialogue Office. The following languages are on offer: English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Arabic. The courses are tailored to the individual students' needs, and are also focused on transversal skills required by employers.