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Joint Bachelor of Arts in European Studies

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Key Trademarks

    You study at two to three destinations out of nine countries. A winter school allows for additional short-term blended mobility. Immersing yourself into different European cultures, you will develop transversal skills that are high in demand both in domestic and international work environments.
    After a joint multidisciplinary curriculum, you follow a major and a minor out of seven fields of study, benefiting from the in-house expertise of all partner universities. You are also encouraged to take up an internship in order to enrich your professional experience.
    In addition to English, you learn a second European language, gaining a clear added value on the European labour market.
    Thanks to the many options, you can tailor the programme to fit your needs, interests and aspirations.

Study Programme

The programme (180 ECTS) spans over three years, divided in six semesters.

  • In semesters 1, 2 and 3 (92 ECTS), you follow the truncus communis, including introductory courses to various disciplines, multidisciplinary courses on Europe, a methodology track and language courses.
  • In semesters 4, 5 and 6, you follow a major and a minor module (78 ECTS) and you develop a bachelor's thesis (10 ECTS).
  • Programme year 1
  • Programme year 2
  • Programme year 3

You follow one major module for up to 60 ECTS (= Major Courses 1 - 5) and one minor module for at least 18 ECTS (= Minor Course) in two different fields of study:

  • Law and Criminology
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Communication, Education, Gender and Sociology
  • Business and Economics
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Languages and Culture

Each university offers different modules, so your university choice and specialisation choice are linked.

Mobility pathways and destinations

BAES university locations

Mobility is central to the BAES programme, and it is at the heart of the joint offer that institutions have in this programme.

In the first year, all BAES students will start their studies at one of the 4 so-called 'start universities':

  • KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna (Italy)
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
  • Uniwersytet Jagiellonski w Krakowie (Poland)

In the second and third year of the programme, students will have to go on mobility - to one or even two different universities - depending on the choice of their specializations. Students can then also select one of the mobility partners to go to:

  • Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • Helsingin Yliopisto/Helsingfors universitet (Finland)
  • The University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
  • Universität Zürich (Switzerland)

Want to know more? Further information and application procedure is available on lead university KU Leuven's website.

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