Application instructions

All applicants to the College must hold a relevant university degree. Candidates must submit a formal application for admission, which consists of an online application

Applications need to be submitted with all the requested supporting documents before the closing date. All applicants, including students who do not apply for a scholarship, must indicate their selection committee (according to their nationality) in the application form. Should there be no selection committee, please select 'No selection committee - College of Europe'. 

Please note that if you select the EU International Relations & Diplomacy Studies programme, you must give a second choice of programme. For all other study programmes, a second choice is optional.

Recommendation letters are in the form of online recommendation questionnaires that are automatically sent to your nominated referees via email through your online application.


In the online application under sections "Reference 1" and "Reference 2" you have to indicate who your 2 referees are. Once you completed the referee contact information and clicked on the "send reference request" button your referees will receive an automatic email with a link leading to the reference form that they need to complete and submit.  

The reference form exists out of 2 parts. The 3 required fields of part 1 have to be completed.  Part 2 can be completed and/or your referee can choose to upload a reference letter which he/she can upload at the bottom of the reference form.

When the referee has submitted his/her reference form you will be informed automatically by email.  

You cannot submit your application until both reference forms have been submitted by your referees. 

In case the referee does not receive your request by email please advise him/her to check his/her spam/junk folder.  If the message is not in that folder then try to resend your request.  If that does not work please contact the Admissions Office.

In order to complete the online application, you will need among others the following information/documents:

  • title of degree(s) already obtained: start and end date (university, faculty, etc.)
  • title of degree(s) to be obtained: start and end date (university, faculty, etc.)
  • other academic activities
  • professional experience: type, employer, start and end date, job title
  • language knowledge (French, English and other), level see language requirements pages
  • motivation (max 600 words)
  • Names and e-mail addresses of 2 university professors in order for you to send a reference request to them via the online application system
  • CV in Europass format
  • copy of your university degree(s) - document(s) in the original language and translation (if you are not yet in possession of your final degree, please send it as soon as it is available)
  • transcript from your University, Faculty, School, detailing results for every year of your studies and grades obtained - document in the original language and translation
  • passport or national identity card (scan + photo)


Please upload your documents in PDF format only (JPG and PNG only when specified). If you need to upload more than one document and only one upload field is available, please combine your documents in one single PDF file.

If applicable, please contact your selection committee to know if other documents are required.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure all materials are submitted online. Applications which are not complete, i.e. including all required uploads and both online reference forms, cannot be submitted and and will not be reviewed.