Why study transatlantic affairs?

‘Forging transatlantic leaders’

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman with College of Europe students 

Together, the US and Europe form vital economic and security partnerships that form the backbone of international cooperation. No durable solution to the issues facing the international system can be found without the transatlantic alliance. 

The Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA) combines the resources of the College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin) and The Fletcher School for students looking to acquire academic and professional skills needed to launch their international career.  

MATA students can specialize in the political, legal, and economic aspects of transatlantic relations that include: 

  • Climate change 

  • Security relations, including NATO 

  • Energy security 

  • Trade 

  • Economic and financial regulation  

Both institutions are renowned for their academic excellence developed by teaching staff composed of both leading academics and practitioners, professional training to prepare students for a variety of career trajectories, and their extensive international alumni networks.  

"I would not have been able to enter the climate field without the ability to specialise so effectively at Fletcher, and I would not have gotten a job in a transatlantic organisation that works closely with the EU without the credibility of the College of Europe.  

It is a testament to the MATA program that I’ve gone from having no background in policy and government to landing a job at a top organisation. "

-Samuel Bowers, MATA class of 2022 

Why I chose MATA