College of Europe

Applications to study at the College of Europe for the
2019-2020 academic year are now open.  The deadline for submission of applications is 16 January 2019.

College-deurope_logo WEBEach year, the College of Europe accepts students who wish to study at postgraduate level at its Bruges (Belgium) or Natolin (Warsaw, Poland) campuses.

Places at the College are open to Irish students studying politics, law, economics, European studies, etc., and offer an excellent opportunity for graduates to develop their knowledge and skills and to experience education in a truly international environment.

Students can choose from the following Master’s programmes:

  • European Interdisciplinary Studies
  • EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies
  • European Economic Studies
  • European Political and Governance Studies
  • European Law

Detailed information about each of these programmes, and the academic and language requirements for each, is available from the College’s website.

The College of Europe now also offers a joint degree in Transatlantic Affairs with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford/Boston in the US.  More information about this two-year Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA) programme is available here.


Students who apply for a place in the College may also wish to apply for scholarship funding to cover their academic fees and living expenses.  Traditionally, each year the Irish Department of Education and Skills provides three scholarships to Irish students who wish to study at the college.

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Application Process

Irish applications to the College, both scholarship and non-scholarship, are reviewed by an independent National Selection Committee, with interviews taking place in spring.  At EM Ireland, we administer the application process on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.

Applications for admission to the College of Europe must be completed entirely online.

In order to complete the online application, you will need the following information/documents:

  • Title of degree(s) already obtained: start and end date (university, faculty, etc.)
  • Title of degree(s) to be obtained: start and end date (university, faculty, etc.)
  • Other academic activities
  • Professional experience: type, employer, start and end date, job title
  • Language knowledge (French, English and other), see the language requirement pages for the Bruges and Natolin campuses
  • Motivation (max. 600 words)
  • Names and e-mail addresses of 2 university professors in order for you to send a reference request to them via the online application system – they have until 30 January 2019 to submit their reference letters
  • CV in Europass format
  • Copy of your university degree(s) – document(s) in the original language and translation if not in English or French (if you are not yet in possession of your final degree, please send it as soon as it is available)
  • Transcript(s) from your university, faculty, school, detailing results for every year of your studies and grades obtained – document(s) in the original language and translation if not in English or French
  • Passport or national identity card
  • Passport photo
  • Note: applicants must indicate their National Selection Committee on the application form.  In the case of Irish applicants, this is European Movement Ireland.

Before you get started, read the detailed application instructions and make sure you meet the academic and language requirements for your chosen Master’s programme.

If you would like more information on applying to the College of Europe, contact the EM Ireland team at or call the office on 01 662 5815.