B.A. in European Studies


Program Description

Career opportunities

Studying the phenomenon of European integration with the strong focus on legal aspects of the process of “creating an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe” our graduates obtain qualifications of Specialist for European Affairs. The graduates are fluent in areas that are a key part of European legal regulations. They become specialists in the scope of European problems and acquire professional skills that are demanded on the European labor market and can:

  • work as specialists in European Union institutions and organizations across a number of sectors, e.g. the European Parliament;
  • find employment at all levels of the civil service and self-government;
  • make a career in the field of education, media, law, publishing, business, and finance.

European Studies graduates:

  • can progress to M.A. programs (e.g. MA in European Union Law);
  • apply to postgraduate courses (e.g ‘European Migrations’, ‘Law and Migration Policy’, ‘Central and East European Development’).

Work placements

Students undertake compulsory 180 hours of work experience. The strong cooperation with both national and International institutions leads to many opportunities for European Studies students to get placement or internship at organizations across the public and private sectors, e.g. the European Parliament, the European Commission Representation Office in Poland, Representation of European Commission in Warsaw, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, units of the central and local government, the EU Funds departments, the Rule of Law Institute Foundation and other non-governmental organizations. Students also can participate in the Erasmus Exchange Program taking advantage of various study abroad opportunities.

Graduate employability and the market transition is supported by social activity projects: participating in Student Research Group Euro-KUL, writing a blog Europeans, participating in the EU-funded projects realized at the University. KUL’s Careers Centre provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

Skills acquired by European Studies graduates

Professional skills

  • applying for EU funds and managing EU funded projects;
  • European Studies students can complete optional courses and receive certificates of professional qualifications from the European Union Diplomatic Academy, the European Union Competition Law Academy, the Academy of European Union Funds.

Communication skills

  • our graduates possess good mediation and negotiation skills, they know the art of public speaking, they acquire effective presentation skills.

Language skills

  • graduates can effectively communicate in two foreign languages within the field of law and business. The program puts a heavy emphasis on language learning, encouraging both written and spoken fluency. Apart from obligatory English, students will also learn a second European language. In addition, many of the classes offered at the Faculty and University are taught in languages other than Polish.

Digital skills

  • graduates can effectively make use of EU databases (EUR-Lex) and the data from Eurostat.

Analytical skills

  • good understanding of political ideas, functioning EU institutions and political systems that make up modern Europe;

  • deep knowledge of European history and culture and the ability to understand and analyze the social, political and economic processes that occur in the European Union.

Skills for self-employment

  • our graduates know how to apply for EU funds and how to manage EU-funded projects. They understand the general, legal and formal requirements for self-employment.

Tuition fees

  • Annual tuition for Non-EU applicants: 8800 PLN = c. 2200 Euro
  • The program is tuition-free for EU applicants

The program starts on October 1st, 2020

Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin is one of the oldest Polish universities. Throughout its nearly 100-year history, it has been one of the most important centers of Catholic thought, maki ... Read More

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin is one of the oldest Polish universities. Throughout its nearly 100-year history, it has been one of the most important centers of Catholic thought, making an enduring contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of both Poland and the wider world. Read less