Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Master of Arts in European Union Studies at the University of Illinois

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois offers the only Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS) program in the Western Hemisphere. Five full-time staff members support small cohorts of students with academic and professional guidance, funding opportunities through FLAS fellowships and assistantships, and the connecting of students with UI's world-class faculty and weekly visiting officials and scholars on campus.

MAEUS alumni have a 100% employment rate within 6 months of graduation and are frequently hired for jobs in business, government, higher education, and non-profits.

Why choose the MAEUS program?

  • Studies draw from a wide range of disciplines
  • Students can pursue joint degrees with professional schools
  • Students have the opportunity to study the EU firsthand through exclusive and preferred access to internships with organizations such as the Illinois Trade Commission, European Parliament liaison office, US State Department, and more
  • The program offers study abroad opportunities with institutions throughout the EU
  • Funding opportunities include FLAS fellowships and EUC graduate assistantships, as well as funding from other academic departments on campus

For student testimonials about their experience with our program, please click here.

Flexible Degree Options

Students have a number of different options to complete their MAEUS degree. These include the traditional two-year degree option and a five-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Master of Arts degree in EU Studies.

Five Year BA/MA Program

Students enrolled at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign have the opportunity to complete a MAEUS degree on an accelerated time-table through our five year BA/MA program. At the moment, this program is only available to undergraduate students who have majors in the following departments: Political Science, Global Studies, French and Italian, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Spanish and Portuguese, and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For more information, please click this link for more information.

Why a 5 Year BA/MA?

By beginning the MAEUS degree as undergraduate students, those enrolled in the five year program will receive their MA with one additional year of education instead of the traditional two. Other benefits include broadened opportunities for advanced language and international learning, as well as study abroad opportunities during undergraduate and graduate degrees.


  • Those interested in the two year degree can find information about the application process here.
  • Those interested in five year BA/MA program should email vanderm1@illinois.edu to schedule a meeting.


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