The College of Europe is the first and most genuinely ‘European’ of all the university institutes of European studies. It was founded in Bruges (Belgium) in 1949 by leading European figures as an independent private institution. Today more than 400 students from some 55 countries study for a year in Bruges and in Natolin (Warsaw). Courses are in English and French. 70% of students are funded by scholarships, most from European governments.
The College has a highly qualified faculty from across Europe and beyond. As the careers of its alumni illustrate, the College degree opens up rewarding professional prospects in Europe and at the international level in both the public and the private sectors. The College’s residential life is a vital element of what its students experience. By living and working together, students from across Europe and beyond become familiar with the full cultural and social diversity of Europe and learn how to operate in an international environment.
The College of Europe offers courses on every aspect of European affairs, from politics and international diplomacy, to business and law.
“I cannot stress enough the value of getting an education regarding the workings of the EU. Negotiations between the UK and the EU are on-going and the nature of the relationship between the two will change but it is not to say that it will be gone.EU specialists will always play a big role across all sectors in the UK, be it politics, trade, scientific research, culture or education.”
Veronika Kucherchuk, BRUNAT Scholar 2015-16
Former British students of the College of Europe have gone on to careers in EU and national institutions and into the business and NGO communities working on European affairs. They include, among others, Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister 2010-15, and Stephen Kinnock MP, who is also husband of the former Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Both met their spouses while studying at the College.
Other notable College of Europe alumni include the former Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb, current European Commission Chief Spokesperson, Margaritis Schinas, and former Austrian Foreign Minister, Ursula Plassnik. Indeed, the College offers its students an unrivalled network among European policymakers and has an active and prominent alumni association based in Brussels.
“A year studying at the College of Europe is a wonderful experience. It provides a superb foundation for a career working on European policy.”
Sir Nick Clegg (alumnus)