Why study EU external relations in Bruges?

The advanced MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies targets applicants who are:

  • familiar with the European Union, its institutions and decision-making processes and seek to specialize in EU diplomacy and external action, 
  • ready to take part in a highly demanding and equally rewarding one-year programme, 
  • curious about the EU’s role in the world and open to new ways of thinking, and
  • preparing for a career in the EU institutions, national diplomatic services and international organisations or in consultancies, NGOs and research.

Among the major reasons to study EU external relations in Bruges are:

1. the programme’s distinctive blend of knowledge and skills aimed at:

  • enhancing the understanding of diplomacy and EU external relations (such as foreign policy, legal aspects, security, trade and development, major bi- and multilateral relations, or external aspects of EU internal policies), including through a study visit to the international diplomatic hub of Geneva
  • acquiring diplomatic skills (negotiation analysis, simulation game, multicultural competences, insights beyond Europe, interaction with high-level visitors, etc.)
  • developing professional skills (critical analysis, public speaking, drafting, time management, teamwork, thinking ‘outside the box’, etc.)
  • strengthening personal language skills through coursework in English and French and the opportunity to learn a new foreign language

2. the unique, tailor-made courses:

  • ensuring a comprehensive understanding of EU diplomacy through carefully designed core courses 
  • allowing students to construct an individual curriculum including novel topics (for example, international mediation, intelligence analysis, political reporting, risk analysis, project and communications management)
  • offering a highly challenging but equally rewarding learning experience and encouraging continuous personal growth 
  • preparing for careers in the EU institutions, national diplomatic services and international organisations or in consultancies, NGOs and research

3. the people of the academic department:

  • academics from top universities, trainers from think tanks and practitioners from various sectors 
  • dedicated staff members supporting students in their learning experience 
  • immersion in a highly diverse and dynamic student body with intercultural exchanges opening new perspectives and creating lasting networks

General News


Job vacancies across the three campuses

The College of Europe is currently recruiting new academic and administrative staff across its three campuses in Bruges (Belgium), Natolin (Poland) and Tirana (Albania). Don't miss out on the diverse...