The EU in the World

This major is built along two defining lines – actors and issues. On the one hand, students gain knowledge on pressing challenges related to trade, investment, energy, economic governance, financial regulation, security, terrorism, human rights, migration, health, development cooperation and humanitarian aid, all of which the EU is involved in.

On the other hand, students also gain expertise on EU relations with global and emerging actors in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and other regional and inter-regional arrangements in Europe and beyond. They further deepen their knowledge of the broader historical context by taking a course in the European History and Civilization Major.

The second semester 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.

Optional specialist courses

Students must take six optional specialist courses.

  • AVERRE, D. – Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy and EU-Russia Relations (20h, 4 ECTS)(*)
  • EGENHOFER, C. & OBERTHÜR, S. – EU Environmental and Climate Change Policy in an International Context (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • FALKENBERG, K.F. – EU Trade Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • FRÖHLICH, S. – Transatlantic Relations (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • ISLAM, S. – Asia-EU Relations: Opportunities and Challenges (20h, 4 ECTS)(*)
  • KÜHN, F. – Perspectives in European and International Security (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • LANNON, E. & MARESCEAU, M. – The Legal Dimension of EU External Relations (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • LAVENEX, S. & TRAUNER, F. – Immigration, Asylum and Border Management in the EU (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • MAYR-HARTING, T. – The European Union and Bi- and Multilateral Diplomacy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • SCHUMACHER, T. – The EU’s Neighbourhood Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)(*)
  • TEOKAREVIC, J. – The EU and its Southeastern Neighbours: Accession, Reconciliation, Security (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • UMBACH, F. – EU Energy Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • VIMONT, P. – EU Institutions and EU Foreign-Policy-Making (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • WINAND, P. – Comparative Regionalism and External Perceptions of the EU (20h, 4 ECTS)(*)

Students must select one specialist course from the list of the European History and Civilization major.

Master’s thesis colloquium

  • WINAND, P. - The EU in the World Research Colloquium

Compact seminars

Students can select a maximum of two compact seminars.

  • BECHET, T. – Politique européenne de coopération au développement et d’aide humanitaire (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • CASSARINO, J.-P. – EU Readmission Policies and the EU’s Southern Neighbourhood (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • CEBECI, M. – Turkey in Europe: Identity, Politics, Security (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • CHASE, P. – Digital Transatlantic Rift (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • DIMIER, V. – Les politiques internationales publiques en Afrique subsaharienne: regards critiques (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • JERMALAVIČIUS, T. – Terrorism and Hybrid Warfare (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • LEWIS, M.A. – Crimes against Humanity and International Justice (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • LUFF, D. & BAKER, P. – Policy Toolbox: Assessing Macroeconomic and Regulatory Risks in the Global Economy (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • SCOTT-SMITH, G. – The United States in the EU’s Neighbourhood (8h, 0 ECTS)


Masterclasses are optional. Students can choose to follow any or all of them.

  • CICHOCKI, M.A. – From the Greek Agora to the Ukrainian Euromaidan: the History of Ideas of Democracy in Europe
  • DOBRY, M. – Révoltes et révolutions
  • ESPADA, J.C. – Liberalism


Students can select a maximum of two workshops.

  • BARTUŠKA, V. – European Energy Diplomacy (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • LUCAS, E. – Strategic Communication in a Digital Age (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • NATORSKI, M. – The Practices of Project Management in the EU’s Foreign Policy in the Neighbourhood (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • TRIEBERT, C. – Digital Forensics and Deep Research Skills (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • WIŚNIEWSKI, R. – Public Diplomacy (8h, 0 ECTS)

Simulation games

Students can select a maximum of three simulation games.

  • EGENHOFER, C. & OBERTHÜR, S. – International Climate Negotiations (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • GUÉGUEN, D. & MARISSEN, V. – EU Decision-making and Interest Representation in Practice (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • LEMPEREUR, A. – International Negotiations (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • MAYR-HARTING, T. & POLAK, S. – EU Energy Policy-making in Practice – The Case of Nord Stream 2 (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • SCHUMACHER, T. & DOBRESCU, M. – EU Foreign Policy-making in Times of Conflict in the EU’s Neighbourhood (6h, 0 ECTS)
  • WHELAN, M. – Digital Diplomacy (8h, 0 ECTS)

(*) – Courses open to students of the European History and Civilization major.

Career development

Besides the academic courses, the Natolin Careers Service offers to the students a series of career development activities during the first and second semester.

  • One-to-one career tutorials
  • Professional skills workshops in areas such as: 
    • Project management
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Teamwork and leadership
    • Debating and argumentation skills
    • EPSO competition training
  • "Meet the Professionals" series of events
  • Alumni reunions

Language courses

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

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