The EU and 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 6 optional specialist courses. For the selection of these 6 courses, the following rules apply:
1) Students need to select 4 courses from the list of optional specialist courses available to them within their chosen major.
2) Students of the EUW major need to select 1 course from the list of the EHC major and may select 1 course from the EPAP major. Should they refrain from this possibility, they need to select one more course from their selected major.

  • AVERRE, D. – Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • BLOCKMANS, S. – The Legal Dimension of EU External Relations (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • CABESTAN, J.-P. – China and the World (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • CARBONE, M. – EU Development Policy and the Politics of International Development (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • DIMIER, V. – Les politiques internationales publiques en Afrique subsaharienne (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • FALKENBERG, K.F. – EU Trade Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • FRÖHLICH, S. – After Liberal Hegemony - The transatlantic partnership and the return of Great Power Competition (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • GARDINI, G.L. – EU - Latin American - Caribbean Relations (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • ISLAM, S. – The Indo-Pacific Century (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • JORGENSEN, K.E. – The Foreign Policy of the EU (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • MARTELLI, A. – International Political Economy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • MAYR-HARTING, T. – The European Union and Bi- and Multilateral Diplomacy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • MILLS, K. – Human Rights in International Politics (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • PORTIER, P. – Religion in Global Politics (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • SMITH, M. – Perspectives in European and International Security (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • VICTOR, D.G. – Global Climate Governance (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • WINAND, P. – Comparative Regionalism (20h, 4 ECTS)

Master’s thesis colloquium

Students are automatically registered in the major's research colloquium.

  • WINAND, P. & STEINGASS, S. – The EU and the World Research Colloquium

Compact seminars

Students need to select at least 3 compact seminars.

  • BÉCHET, T. – Coopération au développement et d’aide humanitaire (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • BIALASIEWICZ, L. – Geopolitics of Vaccination (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • CHASE, P. – Digital Transatlantic Rift (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • FREYTAG VON LORINGHOVEN, A. – Challenges of Multilateralism and Intelligence Cooperation (10h, 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)
  • PANT, H.V. – Indian Foreign Policy (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • SNYDER, K. – Paris Agreement Implementation (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • STODDARD, E. – Changing Character of Warfare (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • VIMONT, P. – The EU and Crisis Management in Practice (8h, 0 ECTS)

Simulation games

Students need to select at least 1 simulation game.

  • CARVIN, A. – Disinformation in Diplomacy (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • LEMPEREUR, A. – International Negotiations (12h, 0 ECTS)

Cooperation with external partners

Students can choose any number of the following elements.

  • Cycle of seminars with the European Investment Bank on the EU Green Deal (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • MIKOS-SKUZA, E. – Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (within the framework of a seminar organized with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva - open to external participants) (17h, 0 ECTS)
  • Workshops in history organized in cooperation with the Max Weber programme of the European University Institute

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.