Collge of Europe : new programme

Written by BrusselsLife Team - 13 Dec 2005, 00:00 (Updated: 12 Jul 2017, 15:52)
Collge of Europe : new programme
College of Europe launches EU International Relations and Diplomacy Programme The EU International Relations and Diplomacy programme was launched in the presence of Mr Javier Solana, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union, at the College of Europe’s annual opening ceremony in October. In doing so, the College is responding to a growing interest amongst students and practitioners in the external relations of the European Union. Not only member states but also third countries and international organisations are increasingly seeing the EU as an important global actor.

As the oldest institute of European postgraduate studies, the College of Europe draws not only on its longstanding tradition of training in European affairs, but also relies on a highly qualified pan-European faculty. Moreover, its two campuses in Belgium and Poland allow 400 students from forty-seven countries to experience the EU at first hand. Suitable applicants would primarily come with an academic degree in political science, European studies, law, economics or history and could be seconded from international organisations and national ministries. Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of English upon entry. This programme will be of particular interest to young professionals as well as students from non-EU countries. By providing in-depth knowledge of the European Union as an international actor and training professional skills in international negotiations and diplomacy, this intensive one-year programme, leading to Master of Arts in EU International Relations and Diplomacy, prepares students for a variety of careers in European and international affairs. The programme will be based at the College’s campus in Bruges, Belgium, but will include a five-week term on the College’s other campus at Natolin (Warsaw, Poland). The Department will be directed by Professor Dr. Dieter Mahncke. In the first semester, interdisciplinary courses in International Relations and EU Studies will provide a broad basis for further specialisation. In the second semester, students will take courses in the following clusters: Security and Justice, Foreign Economic Relations, Bi- and Multilateral Diplomacy, and Professional Skills. They will follow a fully integrated language course either in French or, in case of a sufficient knowledge of French, in German, Spanish or Russian. Those students whose level of French is not sufficient will be asked to follow an intensive French language course the summer prior to participation. The programme will be completed by a Master’s thesis.

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