Master in European Studies

Your next step towards a career in European leadership

The focus of the Master’s Degree in European Studies at the International Graduate Center of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences is politics, the economy, law and administration of Europe. You will gain a deeper understanding of the key challenges that the European Union and its member states as well as international partners have to face in those areas. Our program offers you a comprehensive and up-to-date study of the economic and political developments in the public sector and in the private economy, thus qualifying you to work in the Foreign service, the public sector of the member states or partner states of the EU or in the private economy.

Your benefits

  • Practice-oriented program
  • Close contact with EU representatives
  • Intensive seminar in Brussels
  • Participation in program "Meet the Europeans" in Bremen
  • International network
  • Excursion to Berlin (optional)
  • German language course (optional)
  • International student assistance team on campus


  • Bachelor´s degree in Public Policy/ Management, Economics or Business, Political Sciences or Law
  • High English proficiency (IELTS 6,0)
  • One year of post-graduate work experience
  • Funding of ~17,000 Euro for tuition fee and living costs

Career prospects

  • EU Institutions
  • International organizations/NGOs
  • Civil service
  • Management
  • Diplomatic service
  • Academic career

Key Facts - Master in European Studies

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Master of Arts
Degree - Master of Arts

Upon completion of this postgraduate management degree, you will earn your Master’s in Arts. You will have high order skills in analysis and critical evaluation. The IGC encourages students to solve complex problems and think independently. You need to hold an undergraduate degree in order to receive admission.

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Language - English

As the language of education is English, very good English knowledge is required. Please be advised that while it is possible to complete your degree without any German language knowledge, most local jobs will require German skills. For this reason, if you plan to work in Germany following your studies, we recommend that you take advantage of our free German courses.

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Start - October

The program begins in the winter semester. The introductory events and courses start at the beginning of October and run until mid-February, so make sure to plan accordingly. The summer semester begins after a short break in March. Starting in May, you can use the lecture-free period to work on your master’s thesis.

Duration & Type
2 semesters / full-time
Duration & Type - 2 semesters / full-time

You can complete your studies in two semesters as a full-time student.

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Accreditation - AQAS

Accreditation of our degree programs is very important to us. For this reason, we regularly have our programs reviewed for quality by independent external agencies. The MBA in European/Asian Management is accredited by the agency AQAS (Agentur für Qualitätssicherung durch Akkreditierung von Studiengängen e.V.). Since 2002, this agency has accredited most of the study programs at public universities in Germany.

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Group size
About 25 students
Group size - About 25 students

Our classes take place in small groups of about 25 students. This gives you the opportunity to maintain close contact with teachers and lecturers and facilitates cooperation and intercultural exchange among fellow-students.

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Tuition fee
9,800 Euro
Tuition fee - 9,800 Euro

The tuition fee is 9,800 euros for the entire course, plus an additional semester fee of roughly 380 euros per semester (as of 01/2020). The semester fee covers your student ticket that entitles you to free public transportation in Bremen, as well as to Lower Saxony and Hamburg. To learn more about financing your studies or arranging a personalized payment plan, see the menu item Support.

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Application deadline
March 31st
Application deadline - March 31st

The application deadline for the academic year beginning in 2020 is March 31 of the same year. Application submission is possible online only using our application tool. We look forward to receiving your application, even if you don’t yet have all of your documents available to you.

Program description - Master in European Studies

Intensive preparation for your career in or with regards to the EU

The Master's Program European Studies at the International Graduate Center is a practice-oriented postgraduate course. You will take courses in private and public management, law, economics and politics – always in terms of the European Union. After the introductory weeks at the IGC we will have a study visit to Brussels where you will get to know the EU institutions as well as the interacting public and private enterprises and organizations. This study visit is organized collectively with our partner institutions from Riga and Western Switzerland.

To help you prepare for your diplomatic career or a career in a EU institution, government or administration in one of the member states, partner states or in companies, you will have the opportunity to participate in a development program or take course in intercultural management, group processes or personal skills training. The career opportunities of graduates of the Master’s Degree in European Studies range from executive positions in the private and public sectors to lobby activities and political posts.

  • In addition to having first-class lecturers with an international background, enrolling in the MES program offers students a sound knowledge of European matters.“

    Rubisel Velázquez
    Origin: Mexico

  • I enjoyed the international experience, I learnt how to work in intercultural teams and I improved my English.“

    Denise Schroten
    Origin: Germany

  • The knowledge and expertise acquired through the Master has provided me with a sound basis for collaborating in any private or public institution.“

    Marisol Oropeza
    Origin: Mexico

  • I developed the skills of critical thinking, scientific questioning and independent work, applied on a diverse range of topics in European context.“

    Murat Serdaroglu
    Origin: Turkey

  • Studying MES at HS-Bremen was a magnificent opportunity for me to expand my vision.“

    Saadia Khatoon
    Origin: Pakistan

  • I have gained a general overview of the EU trading and business regulations and also improved my personal presentation skills and team work ability.“

    Yuzhu Zhao
    Origin: China


  • MES helped me to discover the areas I would like to be involved in the future. Now I am an active lobbyist based in Brussels.“

    Symeon Christofyllidis
    Origin: Greece

  • MES Program at Hochschule Bremen provided me an interdisciplinary knowledge which is an advantage for my career as (junior) lecturer.“

    Irwan Iskandar
    Origin: Indonesia

Contact - Program Coordinator

Since 1999, the Master in European Studies Program has been preparing students for leadership roles in the private and public sector. Small intercultural groups allow individual treatment and close contacts to our international lecturers and staff. Join our international student body and benefit from our long experience.

Photo Prof. Dr. Christiane Trüe
Prof. Dr. Christiane Trüe
Head of Degree Program

Some pictures from our students during an excursion to Brussels, Belgium


International Student Assistance

Our International Student Assistance (ISA) assists you in different aspects of settling in: finding accommodation, handling visa applications, clarifing insurance queries and dealing with authorities both at home and abroad. This service is of course free of charge. Furthermore ISA regularly organizes excursions and events during your study in Bremen. They offer movie nights, sightseeing trips, a christmas party, BBQ and excursions to several cities.

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