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Master in European Affairs









Program objectives

The Science Po Master in European Affairs offers a comprehensive programme of instruction for students keen to embark on European careers, whether in the European or national public sector or in the private sector. It brings together students from over 37 countries and a faculty with the same multicultural profile, comprised of academics, researchers and European or French civil servants, together with topflight practitioners from the European "galaxy".


The objectives of this Master are to educate specialists in European questions able to adapt easily to a multicultural environment. On enrolment, students may choose between the general, bilingual study programme, the English Track or a double degree. The English Track is open to applicants who do not have a sufficiently good level in French; French is taught as part of the programme and students can switch to the general bilingual study programme if they attain a satisfactory level in French.


Main orientations and specific features


This intensive and high-level programme of instruction spans two years and is based on a gradual educational approach organized in three semesters devoted, in turn, to core subjects, in-depth analysis and specialized courses. The program ends with a practical semester.

The first semester is devoted to core subjects taught by renowned academics. This theoretical instruction is supplemented by methodology workshops focusing on management tools, on the one hand, and, on the other, by an introduction to quantitative methods. From this first semester, students also participate in a workshop on "European careers".

Second-semester courses are devoted to a more in-depth examination of the knowledge and know-how acquired in the preceding semester. The courses are supplemented by a simulation game which allows students to learn the decision making procedures and respective power of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Presidency and the Secretariat General of the Council as well as the member states.

The third and final semester of teaching is devoted to specialized courses. During this semester, students may choose a particular focus, whether in political analysis, law or Europe in the world.

The practical semester, which is intended to provide concrete experience to round off the program, can take different forms. Students may choose between an internship, studying at a partner university or writing a research thesis. This choice must be made no later than the beginning of the third semester.

As part of the programme, students also benefit from the preparation for European civil service examinations offered by the CPCE. The teaching method applied in Sciences Po's CPCE is unrivalled in Europe; in 2010, 20% of our trainers were admissible and 14% were admitted at the examination for administrators.


Career opportunities

Graduates have access to a wide range of career openings in European affairs in France, Europe or even elsewhere in the world. They may apply for civil service positions and assignments directly on completing the Master and for the European civil service after sitting an EPSO civil service examination. Some graduates choose to work in the private sector, in companies, consulting firms or lobbying groups. Still others join think tanks or research institutes or undertake a PhD with the aim of specializing in research.


Double degrees

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London (United Kingdom)
Freie Universität in Berlin (Germany)
Universität St. Gallen in Saint-Gall (Switzerland)
Luigi Bocconi University in Milan (Italy)
Fudan University in Shanghai (China)