College of Europe
University description (as per official university website)
The academic quality and the variety of its postgraduate European study programmes are renowned worldwide. The College of Europe is the most genuinely ‘European’ of all the university institutes of European studies: it attracts a highly qualified pan-European faculty and welcomes students from across the entire continent and further a field; it enjoys a truly European atmosphere on its Bruges and Natolin (Warsaw) campuses, and it can rely on its unique network of personal and institutional relationships developed, throughout Europe and beyond, over the past 61 years. As the careers of many of its alumni illustrate, the College degree opens up rewarding professional prospects in Europe and at the international level.
The “College Formula” ensures that for 10 months students live and study together intensively in a challenging and highly stimulating educational environment – which truly prepares them to live and work in an increasingly integrated Europe. The student body - around 300 students in Bruges and up to 120 students in Natolin (Warsaw) - reflects a real diversity of culture and personal experience.
Across both campuses, students come from over 50 different countries, and usually speak three to four languages, and their average age is around 25. All have completed a university degree in a field appropriate for participation in the College’s postgraduate programmes, and quite a few already hold a postgraduate degree. The College's demanding entry requirements and rigorous selection procedures ensure that students who are recruited are of the highest calibre.
Over the past 61 years the College of Europe has built an extensive reputation in the field of European studies, and is thus the leading place for those wishing to study, understand and literally 'live' Europe.
The College is a private university/institution and can rely on an extensive network of contacts in European institutions, national administrations, international organisations, European universities and professional circles. Alumni of the College of Europe occupy positions of responsibility in Europe and across the world. Many come back to the College to share their experiences with the students.
Although the College has no scholarships of its own, some 70% of all College students benefit from whole or partial scholarships, these being granted by governments or private institutions.
All applicants to the College of Europe must hold a relevant university degree. Admission to the College of Europe requires either a Bologna Master's degree, or a pre-Bologna equivalent degree, or a final university degree and at least 240 ECTS credits acquired in the course of one's university studies. Holders of a three-year Bachelor degree (180 ECTS) are also eligible provided they demonstrate strong qualification in relation to the academic programme for which they apply.
Equivalence will be determined on the basis of objective criteria.
Candidates must submit a formal application for admission, which consists of an online application.
A printed copy of the application and the supporting documents must be sent by postal mail to the selection committee in the candidate’s country or region, before the closing date (the 15th of January). A copy of the entire application must also be sent to the Admissions Office of the College of Europe:
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Students who do not apply for a scholarship must also send their application to both their selection committee and the Admissions Office of the College of Europe. If there is no local selection committee, applications should be sent directly to the Admissions Office of the College of Europe.
Before filling in the online application form, please read the explanatory note concerning applications for admission to the College of Europe.
After the deadline, the applications are evaluated and the preselection of all candidates is made by the selection committee in collaboration with the College of Europe on the basis of the documents in the application. Preselected candidates are invited for an interview with the national committee. In most cases, a representative of the College participates in these interviews. If there is no local selection committee, preselected candidates are invited for an interview with the College directly.
The decision to admit a candidate is made after the interview by the selection committee and the College.
Please note that applications for admission are valid for one academic year only.