Student profile & career

​The Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs programme targets talented young professionals with a minimum of four years of university study and some professional experience in relevant domains. Candidates are expected to apply to the partner institution where they wish to spend the first year.

The language of instruction in the programme is English, but students are required to be proficient in another language.  The College of Europe offers courses taught in French, which students with a sufficient knowledge of the language may follow. However, students may meet the graduation requirements for the MATA by demonstrating proficiency in any second language (including their native language). At the end of their studies, graduates are awarded a fully recognized and accredited joint degree. 

Graduates of the two institutions have attained positions in international organizations (European Union, NATO, United Nations), as well as within national public sectors as diplomats or officials in ministries and agencies. Additionally, graduates have held leadership positions in the private sector as managers or consultants in corporations, consultancies and law firms or in civil society working in numerous capacities for non-profit organizations. Other graduates have worked as policy analysts in think tanks or have gone on to pursue academic careers.

Graduates of the MATA programme integrate into the extensive alumni networks of both the College of Europe and The Fletcher School enabling the development of transatlantic contacts.

“Being part of two communities and a micro-MATA community allows us to access: both the College of Europe’s and Fletcher’s career resources; MATA alumni, who can guide us in our future endeavors; and  individualized attention from professors who goes the extra mile to help us become the person and professional we strive to become. The MATA doubles your networking and learning opportunities, nourishes you with experiences in two very rich and different communities (College of Europe and Fletcher), and enables you to become specialized in any domain of your choosing - through the drafting of your master’s thesis with one supervisor from each side of the Atlantic and a high-level internship in Brussels or Washington.“  - María BALASCH, MATA 2021
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“MATA is unique for many different reasons. Both schools are renown in Europe and in the USA. The programme attracts many international students, people willing to step out of their comfort zones and bring their diverse experiences into the classroom. Professionally speaking, it is a chance to open yourself to the alumni communities of both institutions.” – Laura SCHIEMICHEN, MATA 2019