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)
  • BUSCHLE, D. – Internal and External Dimensions of the EU Energy Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • CARBONE, M. – EU Development Policy and the Politics of International Development (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)
  • JORGENSEN, K.E. – The Foreign Policy of the EU (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)
  • SMITH, M. – Perspectives in European and International Security (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • WINAND, P. – Comparative Regionalism (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. & LEWIS, O. – The EU in the World Research Colloquium

Compact seminars

Students can select a maximum of two compact seminars.

  • AYDIN, M. – Turkey in Europe: Identity, Politics, Security (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • BÉCHET, T. – Coopération au développement et d’aide humanitaire (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • CHASE, P. – Digital Transatlantic Rift (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • DIMIER, V. – Le colonialisme européen, la décolonisation et l'Union européenne (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • JERMALAVICIUS, 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)
  • UMBACH, F. – The EU, International Energy Security and Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • VAN ROMPUY, H. – The role of the European Council (8h, 0 ECTS)


  • CICHOCKI, M.A. – From the Greek Agora to the Ukrainian Euromaidan: the History of Id (8h, 0 ECTS)eas of Democracy in Europe (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • ESPADA, J.C. – Liberalisms (8h, 0 ECTS)


Students can select a maximum of two workshops.

  • BARTUŠKA, V. – European Energy Diplomacy (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • NATORSKI, M. – The Practices of Project Management in the EU’s Development Policy in the World (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • VIMONT, P. – The EU and Crisis Management in Practice (8h, 0 ECTS)  
  • WIŚNIEWSKI, R. – Public Diplomacy (8h, 0 ECTS)

Simulation games

Students can select a maximum of two simulation games.

  • CARVIN, A.– Digital Diplomacy (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • EGENHOFER, C. & OBERTHÜR, S. – International Climate Negotiations (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • LEMPEREUR, A. – International Negotiations (12h, 0 ECTS)
  • MAYR-HARTING, T. & POLAK, S. – EU Energy Policy-making in Practice – The Case of Nord Stream 2 (8h, 0 ECTS)

Cooperation with external partners

  • MIKOS-SKUZA, E. – Introduction to International Humanitarian Law organised in cooperation with the ICRC, Geneva - open to external participants (17h, 0 ECTS)

Career development

Besides the academic courses, the Natolin Careers and Professional Development Office 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 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.