Student Life

The College of Europe has a global reputation as a centre of European studies, attracting faculty and guest speakers of international renown. But student life at the College is about so much more than studying.

Students form close friendships during their studies and even find their partners! Photo credit: Stephanie @ College of Europe

Based in either the historic centre of Bruges, or on the beautiful Natolin campus on the outskirts of Warsaw, students from across Europe and the world live and study together in a truly unique setting. Housed in catered residences, the College formula of small intakes of students based on a small campus helps students get to know each other quickly – and intensely!

The diversity of the student body is celebrated with “National Parties” throughout the academic year when students from different countries or regions organise events to showcase their national cultures, traditions and gastronomy. Combining events such as guest speakers, wine-tasting, dancing and national cinema, they are sometimes educational, often surprising, and always lots of fun.

French students in Bruges at the French National Party. Photo credit: College of Europe
“The cliché of getting to ‘live’ Europe at the College really is true. It is a unique melting pot where you will be challenged but are sure to study, live and laugh alongside friends for life.”
Sophie Buckingham, Brunat Scholar (2016-17)

“I feel fortunate to have spent a year at the College of Europe, where I met people from Europe and beyond, all bound by a shared interest in European issues.”
Sam Villiers, Brunat Scholar (2013-14)

Students are also encouraged to get to know their host cities and regions while studying at the College. Guided tours of the local region are organised, together with cultural events, such as theatre trips and concert visits. Local families also welcome College students into their homes, as does the Mayor of Bruges, who every year invites students and faculty to a reception in the stunning surroundings of the city’s historic town hall.

Students at a reception hosted by the city’s Mayor at Bruges City Hall
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