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European and European Union Studies is multi-disciplinary, comprising Politics, Geography, Culture, History, Language, Economics and Law. Students who enjoyed studying history, geography, social studies, languages and English find this major a very attractive option.

Three core courses of our programme are Jean Monnet courses taught by Jean Monnet Chairs (Professor Natalia Chaban and Professor Martin Holland):

EURA101 “Global Europe” is a Jean Monnet Module.

The Jean Monnet Title is a highly competitive and prestigious title awarded by the EU by a global panel of leading scholars in EU studies to a selected few in recognition of those at the forefront of teaching and research and contribution to EU integration studies in the world. This award involves rigorous peer review and means that most recent and topical advances in the EU disciplinary area have been incorporated into these courses.

Up to 60 points of a European language may be counted towards your major in European and European Union Studies.

Courses cover topics relating to European societies, European identity, European languages, European integration - future enlargement of the EU, European economic development - business, finance and law, the EU and the wider world, and the history of Soviet domination in Eastern Europe.

Professor Natalia Chaban is the advisor for undergraduate and Honours students in European and EU Studies.

For European Languages inquiries contact Associate Professor Evgeny Pavlov (German), Dr Antonio Viselli (French), Dr William Cheng (Spanish), Professor Henrietta Mondry (Russian).

The European Studies programme offers honours, masters and doctoral degrees. The primary aim of postgraduate study in European and European Union Studies is to foster the interdisciplinary study of Europe in its diversity and to initiate research in all areas related to Europe.

Students from all undergraduate backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have completed a bachelors degree and satisfied subject grades and prerequisites. The NCRE offers fees scholarships for the honours course (on a competitive basis).

The National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) administers postgraduate studies for European and European Union students. The NCRE is New Zealand's only research centre devoted to the study of Europe and the European Union. It fosters research on the EU that is regionally relevant, for example EU development policy in the Pacific, the EU's identity in the Asia-Pacific region (including EU external images ane perceptions) and the external consequences of EU enlargement. The NCRE is firmly established as the focal point for the study of Europe in New Zealand, attracting visiting academics from all over the world and supporting about 30 research students.

The Centre offers a range of scholarship and internship opportunities to UC students of European and European Union Studies.

There are a number of scholarships for students of European and European Union Studies, including those offered for postgraduate study by the National Centre for Research on Europe:

Consult the UC Scholarships database to find out what other scholarships are available to our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Summer courses

European and European Union Studies also offers an exciting Summer School programme. The following courses are offered in the 2017/2018 summer period:

EURA224-17SU2 Democratic and Economic Evolution of Europe
EURA232-17SU2 Special Topic: Human Rights: Agendas, Issues and the European Union
EURA330-17SU2 Special Topic: Contemporary Policy Challenges in the European Union
EURA223-18SU1 The EU, Globalization and Migration
EURA234-18SU1 Special Topic: European Foreign and Security Policy in the 21st Century
EURA339-18SU1 The Economics of European Integration

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See the Course Information website for more details about studying European and European Union Studies.

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