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Undergraduate subject

European and European Union Studies

Mātai Uropi

13 October 2023

Study the EU as well as the languages and cultures of Europe.



European and European Union Studies


With 27 member states and 450 million people, the European Union (EU) is Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant bilateral partner after Australia and China and is one of the world’s leading political and trading blocs. Europe provides an important reference point to Aotearoa and the global community in cultural, linguistic, and political aspects.

Your study will look into current events as well as history, language, and culture that have shaped Europe and the European Union.

European and European Union Studies

What will my study involve?

  • Choose from a broad range of topics including the political, economic, cultural, and social integration of modern-day and historical Europe.
  • Get taught by members of the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), Aotearoa New Zealand’s only research centre devoted to study of Europe and the EU.
  • Opportunity to complete an international or virtual exchange with UC’s European partner universities.

European and European Union Studies


European and European Union Studies major

For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:




Plus one of these courses must be included in your options at 200 or 300-level.

European and European Union Studies minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:


You may take up to 30 points in European language courses towards your minor, including German, French, Russian, or Spanish.

European and European Union Studies

Career opportunities

Studying European and European Union Studies will open up a wide range of careers in Aotearoa and abroad. Your skills and knowledge provide you with a unique perspective on Europe and the EU in various industries, from politics to education to humanities.

Career pathways could include:

  • international trade consultancy
  • foreign affairs
  • communications
  • policy analysis.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in European and European Union Studies.

Related brochures

Undergraduate Prospectus

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International Prospectus 2024/2025

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