Programme Structure

Why european studies at the University of Twente?

There are plenty of European Studies programmes on offer at universities and universities of applied sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands. What makes the University of Twente’s different from the rest?

Three central themes

The European Studies programme centres on three key themes within European Studies:

  1. Europe & International Relations
  2. European Policies
  3. Regulation & Governance

Putting theory into practice

At the University of Twente, you will not simply be immersed in theory, but you will also learn how to apply it in practice. Many of your courses will involve working on genuine policy issues and designing solutions to problems that European governments are currently facing.

Freedom to choose

After providing you with a broad theoretical basis in European Studies, the programme offers an elective course to go along with your free choice of a Master's Thesis subject. On top of this, there’s the option of taking a double degree in Comparative Public Governance in Europe in cooperation with the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.

Multidisciplinary perspective

The programme’s multidisciplinary basis sets it apart from its rivals in the Netherlands. At the University of Twente, you will not only examine the extensive field of European processes and activities, but you will also consider the similarities and differences with non-EU countries. We analyse complex issues from the perspectives of law, political science, economics and sociology.

Strong international orientation

A fully English curriculum, working closely with students from around the globe, joint programmes with foreign universities and opportunities in foreign countries, international staff, international networks and research programmes: need we say more?

The personal touch

The atmosphere between lecturers and students is friendly and informal. You never have to worry if you want to ask a question about an assignment because the door is almost always open. Excellent student guidance is available to help you make the right choices during your programme and the Public Administration study counsellor is always on hand to help you with any problems you might have.

A special place to study

Enterprising
The University of Twente encourages a spirit of enterprise. Motivated and ambitious students have the opportunity to start their own business even before they have completed their studies. In 2013 Twente was awarded the title of most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands.

A great green campus
Twente is the only full-campus university in the Netherlands. Its wonderful green campus has everything you need within walking distance: housing, educational facilities, sports venues and cultural amenities. There’s always something going on, with a whole range of student associations organizing activities on a regular basis. Take our digital campus tour or watch the campus video: 


Living in Enschede
The University of Twente is located in the beautiful city of Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands. The lively city centre is very popular with students: you are sure to bump into someone you know at one of the many restaurants, cafés or pubs around the market square. Last but by no means least, finding affordable accommodation is much easier in Enschede than in other university cities.

More information

Read more about the study programme or your options after taking the Master’s in European Studies.

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