Advanced MA in European Integration

Programme and curriculum

The Brussels School of Governance is an alliance between the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Vesalius College. This Advanced MA in European integration is a programme that is organised by the Institute for European Studies, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and of which the degree will be awarded by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

The Advanced Master in European Integration (60 ECTS) is an interdisciplinary evening programme taught in English geared towards an international range of young and mid-level professionals as well as advanced students from across the political sciences. It provides students with advanced academic training across a wide range of EU policies and concepts in order to gain a thorough understanding of the process of European integration in both its economic and political dimensions.

The courses are exclusively at advanced master (i.e post-graduate) level. The curriculum allows students to focus on any two of the four topical policy-fields embedded in the programme, being the economy, migration, external relations & security, and the environment. Our approach is decidedly interdisciplinary.

This demanding, carefully designed, Advanced Master programme allows students to combine studies and professional activities. EuroMaster classes are organised in the evenings (6-9PM) and can be taken in 1 or 2 years.

Limited class size ensures high interaction amongst professors and students, who are of truly versatile international backgrounds.

This programme was established in 2002.

Key features

  • The Programme operates as a “Master after Master”, requiring students to have strong and consistent marks across a minimum of 4 previous years of study. 
  • ​Its curriculum offers you the choice to study 2 policy field specialisations, which will be mentioned on your degree 
  • Students have the flexibility to obtain this Advanced Master degree in 1 or 2 years.  
  • It’s a very international programme and has a balanced classroom mix of young professionals and full-time students.  
  • Moreover, its limited class size allows for a lot of classroom interaction. Teaching staff is a unique mixture of renowned EU scholars and top-level EU practitioners who combine academic rigour with the latest practical insights and cultural diversity.  
  • Supported by the extensive expertise of our Office for Teaching, Learning and Innovation to accommodate sophisticated blended teaching methods 

Curriculum

 

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Curriculum

Compulsory courses

Optional courses

After the 4 mandatory courses, students have to take 2 pre-selected specialisation options, to be chosen from the list of 4 below. You close off the programme with a Master’s thesis.

European Economy

Migration and Europe

European External Relations and Security Policy

European Environmental Governance

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Success stories

  • "The EuroMaster is an intensive postgraduate journey along the topmost elements of the EU project with fascinating interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary elements, in the heart of Europe. I enjoyed a lot learning how the EU works in depth, through the high-quality teaching of the VUB faculty and the first-hand experience of invited speakers at IES events. Brussels is the ideal and a very cool place to do this!"

    Dominikos K. Chrysidis (Greece)
    2018 - 2019 Student
  • I moved to Brussels to immerse myself in the EU policymaking process. The Euromaster was a great way to learn about the institutions in depth, while meeting people at the Commission and various other industrial, non-profit, and academic organizations. I particularly enjoyed how professors combined theory with practical examples, and academic and professional experiences, to deliver more informed lectures. Most valuable are the specializations: I was able to study at the intersection of economics and security, paving the way to break down silos in my professional career.

    Kulani Abendroth-Dias
    EuroMaster alumna, 2020
  • "As an American who is looking to work in the international sphere, I know I invested wisely in my career by undertaking the EuroMaster. For me, it was incredibly important to have an international qualification from a highly regarded university, that not only has allowed me to hone cross-applicable professional skills, but further develop my expertise in EU policy and security and development. This degree will provide me with the tools I need to further excel in my professional endevors."

    Laura Benbow (United States of America)
    2018 - 2019 Student
  • The EuroMaster was a unique experience for a non-EU member to learn more about EU policymaking processes in the heart of the EU itself. Additionally, the choice of specialisations was a wonderful opportunity to learn more in depth about relevant European issues and to satisfy my own interests in EU migration and environmental policies. This advanced master has without doubt challenged me and enriched me, as well as facilitated for the continued path of my international career! 

    Margrethe Steinert
    EuroMaster alumna, 2020
  • "From creating unexpected network opportunities to uncovering a fascination with the green transition, this advanced master's degree has significantly changed my career trajectory. While I started this degree with a firm focus on international relations, I now find myself engrossed in climate and energy policy, which can be attributed to the excellent classes and professors."

    Tim Bogaert (Belgium)
    2018 - 2019 Student
Admission requirements

Academic requirements

  • A Master’s degree, or equivalent of at least 240 ECTS in Social, Economic or Political Sciences, Business, Law and/or Contemporary History. If your degree is not within these disciplines, relevant work experience in these or related fields may qualify.

  • Excellent study results for both prior degrees of 70% (2nd class honours upper division, Belgian equivalent; upper 2:1 UK equivalent, 2.8/4 GPA).

Language requirements

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The Programme’s language of instruction is English. As a starting point, every student who applies must provide recent (within two years) certified proof of proficiency in English, by means of one of the 5 tests with the required minimum level or score indicated below:

  • TOEFL test [min. score 233 (computer-based) min. score 90 (internet-based) min.score 577 (paper-based)]
  • Academic IELTS: 7.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – CPE
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English – CAE (grade B)
  • ITACE (at the VUB) – C1

If English is the candidate’s mother tongue or if the candidate has obtained a previous degree of at least 60 ECTS entirely taught in English, he or she will be waived from having to produce recent certified proof of proficiency in English. In the case of the previous degree, please include in your application a document issued by the university proving that all courses were taught in English. We also reserve the right to assess the level of language skills separately in unclear cases.

 

Can I already apply when the result of the English test is not yet known or if I have not yet obtained my degree?

Yes. Even if you are still in the process of obtaining your previous degree, you can already apply and should indicate this information in the ‘Current and previous higher education section’ of the application form, mentioning the date (as precisely as possible) by which you will obtain the degree. If the Academic Board then decides that you meet all other admission criteria you will be accepted on the condition that you provide us with your diploma and transcript at the very latest before the Programme starts and that you obtain the required grades to start the programme.

The same applies to the English language test certificate: if you have not obtained this certificate yet, you can nevertheless already apply. If the Academic Board then decides that you meet all other admission criteria you will be accepted on the condition that you provide us with your English certificate, theoretically at the very latest before the Programme starts, but preferably as soon as possible, as your place in the programme is only confirmed once you have sent us this certificate and once you have confirmed your place by e-mail and by payment, as mentioned in the acceptance letter.

We advise strongly against leaving this to the last minute, however, as there are for example only limited dates when the official language tests are organised. As soon as you have obtained your diploma or certificate, please send a certified copy of it to us by e-mail. In addition, please send us details of your grades from the previous academic years and mention on the application form the precise date by which you will obtain the degree and/or when you will sit the English test.

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Deadlines and application process

We accept and review applications on a rolling basis, starting in October. Example: students can apply for the 2021-22 academic year as of October 2020. Before October 2020 they can of course apply for the programme as well, but only for the academic year 2021-22.

We recommend prospective students to apply as soon as possible to maximize the chances of being admitted. You can apply, even if you will receive your degree or English language test certificate only later. You need to have completed all the requirements prior to the start of the Programme.

Applicants who need to apply for a visa (students not from an EU country, an EEA country, or Switzerland) are strongly encouraged to send their application before 1 April, as visa procedures may take several months before the visa is eventually delivered. Late applications may therefore lead to the applicant not being able to start the programme.

To apply, please click the ‘Apply here’ button at the top of this page, which will take you to a page on a website dedicated to this programme, on which you will find the application form, as well as a checklist of the documents and information we require from you to assess your application.

Application process

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Before you apply: check our admission requirements!

Before applying, be sure to do the above. It is essential that you make sure that you meet these requirements before applying (or are in the process of meeting them in your current studies). Example: If you have not obtained or are not in the process of obtaining a university degree of at least 240 ECTS, please do not apply, as your application will in any case be rejected.

 

Application deadline

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and have opened the applications for the 2021-22 academic year. We recommend prospective students to apply as soon as possible. Applicants who need to apply for a visa (students not from an EU country, an EEA country, or Switzerland) are strongly encouraged to send their application before 1 April, as it may take several months before the visa is eventually issued.

 

How to apply + next steps

  1. Pay the application fee of 50 EUR either by credit card, or bank transfer:
    ING BANK, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
    IBAN: BE47 3630 6344 2080
    BIC/SWIFT: BBRUBEBB
    Account holder: VUB-IES
    (Please make sure that in the comments section of your payment you mention ‘EuroMaster application fee’ + your name)
    For international transfers, the main office of the bank is: ING Bank, Marnixlaan 24, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.

  2. Send your complete application (see document checklist below).

  3. We aim at providing you with a decision within two weeks from receiving your complete application AND your payment of the 50 EUR application fee​. After having been accepted and first instalment or full fees having been settled, applicants will need to register online at the VUB university. They will receive further instructions about this in the annexe of their (conditional) acceptance letter.

 

Document checklist

Please ensure that you send a complete file, including all of the documents below that are applicable to your situation (e.g. if English is your mother tongue, you do not need to send us the English proficiency certificate (E1). When sending in these documents, please make sure the file names start with the codes indicated in the table below (A1, A2, B1, etc.).

  • A1. The application form duly completed and signed (incl. its completed and signed Annex 1)
  • A2. A complete and up-to-date CV
  • B1. Official copy of the candidate’s final law degree, if available (If you are still in the process of obtaining your law degree, you can already apply and should indicate this information in section 2 of this form.)
  • C1. Official copy of academic transcripts of the candidate’s relevant previous degree
  • C2. Translation (certified) of academic transcript if not in English, Dutch, French or German languages
  • E1. Recent English proficiency certificate, if applicable and available (see section 4 of the application form for further details). If you require such a certificate but have not obtained it yet, you can nevertheless already apply. If our Academic Board then decides that you meet all other admission criteria you will be accepted on the condition that you provide us with your certificate at the very latest before the Programme starts.
  • P1. Copy of passport or identity document
  • P2. Photograph of candidate
  • W1. For applications for a waiver, a separate motivation including documented evidence of need.
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Tuition fee information

For the academic year 2021-22, students taking the programme in one year pay €5,000 (60 Study Points). Students taking the programme in two years pay €3,000 per academic year, so €6,000 in total. These tuition fees are applicable to both EU and non-EU students.

Please note that when applying, a 50 EUR application fee is due, which is not refundable but will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol in the programme. See the 'Deadlines and application process' section on this page for payment instructions.

What are the possibilities for scholarships or tuition fee waivers?

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Scholarships: (partial) tuition fee waivers

The EuroMaster Programme offers a number of scholarships that take the form of tuition fee waivers. The waivers aim at ensuring that applicants with different backgrounds and means are able to access the Programme. As such, they are an important element in the Programme’s diversity from viewpoints such as gender, culture and geography. A waiver can be applied for by writing a personal statement in the relevant section of the application form. Applications for a waiver are assessed separately from, and have no impact on the assessment of, the applicant’s admission to the Programme. The waiver application is assessed on the basis of the statement and supporting evidence on the merit and financial need. The waiver covers the entire cost of the tuition, deducted by the annual registration fees (€1.000) payable to the VUB and the Brussels School of Governance, so for students taking the Programme in one year it amounts to €5.000 – €1000 = €4.000. For Euromaster students following the programme over two years, the waiver is split in two (€2.000 + €2.000), leaving an annual registration fee of 1,000 EUR on the charge of the student. The second year’s waiver will be subject to an evaluation after the first year in the Programme. The fee of €1.000, remaining on the charge of the student, is to be paid within three weeks of receiving the waiver offer for the offer to remain valid. For the 2021-22 enrolments, the deadline to apply for waivers is 15 April 2021. After that date, applicants may still apply for waivers, which can be granted in case an already offered waiver is not used by a previous applicant.

Other scholarships may be available from the following sources:

  • Rotary Foundation Fellowships may be available. Candidates should contact the Rotary Foundation within their district.
  • Within the framework of bilateral cultural agreements concluded by Belgium or the Flemish Community, fellowships are offered to students in a number of countries. Interested students should inquire directly with the relevant Ministry in their home country or the Belgian Embassy.
 
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FAQ

Which entity awards the degree of this programme?

In which months and on which weekdays are the classes usually organised?

How to apply for a visa?

What happens after I applied?

When do I get a VUB student card?

Is accommodation provided by the University or should it be arranged individually?

Where can I find more information about campus and facilities?

Is there a possibility to follow language courses at the VUB?

Will I get career advice as a student?

What are the cancellation terms?

May I demonstrate sufficient financial support for visa purposes using a ‘blocked account’ with the IES?

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Which entity awards the degree of this programme?

The Brussels School of Governance is an alliance between the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Vesalius College. This Advanced MA in European integration is a programme of which the degree will be awarded by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

 

In which months and on which weekdays are the classes usually organised?

The EuroMaster can be followed over a period of one or two years. Students taking the programme in 1 year have classes daily from 6pm-9pm. Students taking the 2-year option will have classes two to three times a week, although this may somewhat differ in certain periods.

The compulsory courses are organised in the 1st semester (Sept – end Oct) and are in general on fixed days of the week, with the exception of the Research Methods Lab, which is organised throughout the academic year on different days of the week. The courses of the chosen specialisation options are organised in the 1st semester (Nov – Dec) as well as in the 2nd semester (Feb – 1st week of May). In general, these courses are also on fixed days of the week. For both the compulsory and optional courses, the information about which days they are held exactly is provided to students 6 weeks before the courses start.

 

How to apply for a visa?

As you will undoubtedly want to travel during your stay in Brussels, we strongly recommend that you ask for a long-stay Schengen Visa, or ‘Type D’ Schengen Visa, which will allow you to travel hassle-free to any of the countries within the Schengen region and to make multiple entries into Belgium. This type of visa is not issued by all embassies/consulates. Please contact the Belgian embassy or consulate nearest to you for details on specific procedures and requirements. Click here for more information about visa regulations.

 

What happens after I applied?

We aim at providing you with a decision within two weeks from receiving your complete application AND your payment of the 50 EUR application fee. You will receive our decision by e-mail. In case of acceptance to the programme, this e-mail will contain practical info about the next steps (registration fee / tuition fee payment, cost of living, etc.).

 

When do I get my VUB student card?

Upon your registration with the academic administration, you will get a VUB student card.

 

Is accommodation provided by the University or should it be arranged individually?

Due to a limited number of rooms on campus, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel cannot provide housing for all international students and scholars. Hence they are advised to find other means of accommodation in Belgium, preferably prior to departure.
The Br(ik organisation aims to create a network of safe, reliable housing. The landlords and the accommodations linked to Br(ik, must meet criteria set by Br(ik and in case of problems between the landlord and the tenant, the Br(ik organisation can intervene.

Prearranged housing is only available for VLIR-UOS scholars who are registered for one or two year master programmes. All other students and scholars are advised to seek transit, short term or long term housing prior to departure. It is recommended that the search for accommodation is started as soon as the letter of acceptance or invitation has been received.

For more information, please visit: https://student.vub.be/en/housing#housing-in-brussels

Contact: international.relations@vub.ac.be

 

Where can I find more information about campus and facilities?

The School is located on the campus of the Vrije Univeriteit Brussel (VUB), a green campus in Etterbeek in Brussels. Modern sports facilities with sports halls, tennis and squash courts, and a swimming pool can all be found on site. Monthly gym subscriptions are available at Basic Fit, a modern and well-equipped gym right on campus. The student restaurant offers a large choice of meals and snacks at self-service counters. The campus is easy to reach by train, tram, bus or metro from the city centre or the outskirts of Brussels. Also the school offers the opportunity to attend career seminars and individual coaching sessions and psychological counselling (free of charge) as well. Click here for more informations about campus life, services & facilities and Living in Brussels.

 

Is there a possibility to follow language courses at the VUB?

Yes. There are two possibilities:
BRUSSELS EDUCATION CENTER C.V.O – Day and evening language courses: VUB Campus – Pleinlaan 2 – Building D (Room D.1.33)
phone : +32 (0)2/629.39.08
website : https://www.cvosemper.be/en/?en

OR

ITO : University Language Institute – Pleinlaan 5 – 3° floor
phone : +32 (0)2/629.26.07
e-mail : secritow@vub.ac.be

 

Will I get career advice as a student?

The VUB offers our students a unique career advice service. Its Career Centre’s clients include the European Commission. Its services include CV editing, interview preparation and general career advice.
For more information:
e-mail: info@vubcareercenter.be
tel: +32 2 629 11 88
or immediately sign up here.

 

What are the cancellation terms?

In case of cancellation before the start of the academic year, any tuition fees already paid will be reimbursed, with the exception of the 1,000€ registration deposit. Cancellations after the start of the academic year but before 1 December will result in a reimbursement of 50% of the total tuition fee minus the 1,000€ registration deposit, unless the student has received a maximum waiver in which case no tuition fees will be reimbursed. Cancellations after 1 December will not be reimbursed.

The registration deposit (1.000€) on any Brussels School of Governance programme is non-refundable, unless cancellation in a programme is due to events beyond the control of the applicant, otherwise known as force majeure (for example, if the student applied for a visa but was unable to obtain it, or if due to medical reasons the required previous degree was not obtained). In those cases, the full deposit will be refunded.

 

May I demonstrate sufficient financial support for visa purposes using a ‘blocked account’ with the IES?

Yes, the IES allows students to opt for a blocked account for visa purposes. The amount is linked to the duration of the student’s stay in Belgium and it is proof that you have sufficient financial income or support for the duration of your stay. This must cover your healthcare, living, study and accommodation costs as well as the cost of your return ticket. This can be in the form of a certificate stating you have received a grant or scholarship, an agreement of financial responsibility from your sponsor, or your personal bank statement showing sufficient funds. More information can be found on the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, here. Students who have been accepted to one of our programmes can inquire more about this option directly with our Financial Department at billing@ies.be

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Have a question about this programme? Ask our alumni…

If you want to know more about our EuroMaster programme, who better to ask than the people who have recently finished it? The alumni below are available to provide you with their honest, first-hand feedback!

Year of graduation: 2019
Year of graduation: 2019
Year of graduation: 2020
Year of graduation: 2020
Year of graduation: 2020

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