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European Union Studies

The European Union is the most powerful economic union in the world and the most successful integration project in history. As an European Union citizen, you are influenced by its policies and decision-making on a daily basis, in areas ranging from the internal market to education. In future years, the influence of the European Union is only likely to increase. Yet do you have detailed knowledge of how the European Union works? Are you familiar with its history? And finally, are you aware of and ready to make use of career opportunities that this knowledge may offer?
Our experience has taught us that many students from the humanities and social sciences end up in Brussels or The Hague as policy makers who are responsible for European or other international affairs. Companies, non-profit organizations, the media, and think-tanks also offer employment in which you will have to deal with European affairs. The minor European Union offers a full overview of the European Union: its history and institutions, its decision-making process, and its key policies. In addition, it provides you with an understanding of the European Union’s increasing influence on the global stage, the role of the Netherlands in the European Union, and the influence that organized interest groups have on European decision-making. When you are finished with the program you will have acquired a thorough understanding of how the European Union works and will be able to apply this knowledge in a number of internships. You may further decide to deepen your knowledge of the European Union by participating in the European Union Studies or European Law Master programmes.


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Eerste semester

The History of European Integration 5
Law and Institutions of the European Union 5
The European Union Today 5

Tweede semester

The Economics of European Integration 5

Keuze uit twee van de vier aangeboden vakken

Interest Representation in the EU 5
EU policy and national politics 5
External policies of the EU 5
Governing Work and Welfare in the European Union 5

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Minor: for all students from Leiden University
Size: 30 ects
Meant for: students from all disciplines
Maximum number of participants: 60
Language: English
For more info: Keuzeruimte
Coordinator: Dennie Oude Nijhuis
Application: through uSis

European Union Studies

More information
The e-study offers an overview of the program and how to register through uSis for the minor European Union Studies. For more information on the minor, see the European Union Studies site.

Registration and application
For more information go to the aanmeldings- en inschrijfprocedure.

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