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European Studies BA

Registration - EU applicants

Registration - non-EU applicants

Career opportunities

European Studies graduates obtain qualifications for employment as Specialist for European Affairs. Our graduates can:

  • find employment at all levels of the civil service and self-government
  • pursue careers in education, the media, law, publishing, business and finance
  • work as specialists in European Union Funds departments in various organizations across a number of sectors.

European Studies graduates:

  • can progress to MA programmes (e.g. MA in European Union Law)
  • apply to postgraduate courses (e.g ‘European Migrations’, ‘Law and Migration Policy’, ‘Central and East European Development’)


Work placements

Students undertake compulsory 180 hours of work experience.

The BA in European Studies programme offers a wide choice of work placements and internships with organisations across the public and private sectors, e.g. the European Parliament, the European Commission Representation Office in Poland, the Frontex Agency, units of central and local government, the EU Funds departments in various organisations, the Rule of Law Institute Foundation.

Graduate employability and market transition is supported by social activity projects: participating in Student Research Group Euro-KUL, writing a blog Europens, participating in the EU-funded projects realised at the University.

KUL’s Careers Centre provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

Skills acquired by European Studies graduates

  • applying for EU funds and managing EU funded projects
  • European Studies students can complete optional courses and receive certificates of professional qualifications from the European Union Diplomatic Academy, the European Union Competition Law Academy, the Academy of European Union Funds.

  • our graduates possess good mediation and negotiation skills, they know the art of public speaking, they acquire effective presentation skills

  • graduates can effectively communicate in two foreign languages within the field of law and business.

  • graduates can effectively make use of EU databases (EUR-Lex) and the data from Eurostat.

  • European Studies graduates have good understanding of political ideas and the institutions and political systems that make up modern Europe.

  • our graduates know how to apply for EU funds and how to manage EU-funded projects. They understand the general, legal and formal requirements for self-employment.