EU Public Affairs and Policies

The two central building blocks of this major are the functioning of the EU governance system and EU policies. Students concentrate on EU policies of critical importance for social and economic progress in the EU, such as the internal market and competition policy, the Eurozone’s macroeconomic policies, migration policy, energy, environment, and social policy.

They study instruments through which EU institutions structure their dialogue with outside stakeholders and learn to critically analyse how they address complex social and economic problems such as employment, inflation, balance of payments or economic growth. 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 EPAP major need to select 1 course from the list of the EHC major and may select 1 course from the EUW or the EUN major. Should they refrain from this possibility, they need to select one more course from their selected major.

  • AHNER, D. – EU Structural and Investment Policies (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • BARNARD, C. – EU Substantive Law: The four freedoms (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • EGENHOFER, C. – EU Energy and Climate Policies (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • GÓRA, M. – The Political Economy of Welfare States in Europe (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • JONES, A. & PEEPERKORN, L. – EU Competition Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • LAVENEX, S. & TRAUNER, F. – Immigration, Asylum and Border Management in the EU (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • MARINIELLO, M. – Digital Economy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • MARZINOTTO, B. – EU Macro-economic Policies (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • WESSELS, W. – EU Governance: Theory, Practice and Challenges (20h, 4 ECTS)

Master’s thesis colloquium

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

  • BOBROWICZ, B. & STEINGASS, S. – EU Public Affairs and Policies Research Colloquium

Compact seminars

Students need to select at least 3 compact seminars.

  • DUMONT, B. & HOLMES, P. – La règlementation des marchés en ligne (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • GEDEN, O. – The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • ŁAZOWSKI, A. & ROSIAK, P.K. – From Member to Neighbour: Law and Politics of Brexit (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • SZWARC, K. – Climate Finance (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • VAN ROMPUY, H. – The role of the European Council (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • WEYEMBERGH, A. & DE KERCHOVE, G. – L’espace de liberté, de sécurité et de justice : défis actuels et futurs pour l’Union européenne (10h, 0 ECTS)

Simulation games

Students need to select at least 1 simulation game.

  • MARISSEN, V. – EU Decision-making and Interest Representation in Practice / Le processus décisionnel de l’Union européenne et la représentation d’intérêts (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • MAYR-HARTING, T. & GURBA, B. – EU Energy Policy-making in Practice – The Case of Nord Stream 2 (8h, 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.