Considering EU studies?
Check out our Advanced Master in Brussels

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community. As a consequence of the virus, the IES moved its teaching fully online in mid March, and is fully prepared to complete the year in this manner.

Our plan for the upcoming academic year 2020-2021 is similar.  In case the currently implemented ‘social distancing protocol’ remains active in Belgium by the end of September 2020, the IES will continue to organise its classes online for the start of the academic year 2020-2021, up until in-person classes are allowed again. This way, we shall ensure that the students can flexibly benefit from our high quality education, whichever the format. We recognise that COVID-19 presents a very serious threat, yet our innovative ways of blended learning will allow us to continue to teach without jeopardising the highest priority of health and safety. If you have any questions on this important issue, don’t hesitate to contact us.

The EU is undergoing one of the most turbulent times in its history. Numerous crises are challenging the EU’s integration process. Brexit is giving a whole new perspective on the notion of ‘integration’. Would you like to learn more?

Here at the IES, we are able to offer you privileged insights on these unique developments, right at the heart of the policy action – in Brussels. Our Advanced Master in European Integration programme (‘EuroMaster’) first provides a solid interdisciplinary basis on the European integration process, and then allows the students to focus on any two of the following central EU policy fields: economy, migration, environment and external relations and security. Our courses are optimal for international students and professionals, as they are taught in English in the evenings, by a staff that mixes top academics with high-level EU practitioners.

Classes after working hours enable both full-time students
and professionals to attend the lectures.

The programme gave me a broader understanding of the pros and cons of the European Integration and the complexity of the decision making process.Y. Ilieva - Parliamentary Assistant
Euromaster Class of 2014

Karel De Gucht, IES President and Former EU Trade Commissioner


Boost your career!

This Advanced Master programme taught at the Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) prepares you for demanding international careers.

An evening programme

The demanding, carefully designed, programme allows students to combine studies and professional activities. EuroMaster classes are organised in the evenings and can be followed over a period of one or two years.

Dedicated staff

The faculty members of this Advanced Master programme are all experienced teachers with extensive academic credentials. Several faculty members are high level EU officials and add a strong practitioners’ perspective.

Class Size

Limited class size ensures high interaction amongst students and professors – a bond that lasts. The alumni and professors offer a unique global network that will help you in your future career.