Rector: Federica Mogherini
The College of Europe was the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs. It was founded in 1949 by leading European figures such as Salvador de Madariaga, Winston Churchill, Paul Henri Spaak and Alcide de Gasperi in the wake of the first Congress of the European Movement in The Hague in 1948. The idea was to establish an institute where university graduates from many different European countries could study and live together. Today, the College consists of two campuses, one in Bruges and the other established in Natolin, (Warsaw, Poland) in 1993 with the support of the European Commission and the Polish government. The College now operates as ‘one College – two campuses’ and what was once referred to as the ‘esprit de Bruges’, is now known as the ‘esprit du Collège’.
Each academic year at the College is presided by a ‘Patron’ who has contributed to European integration and the values of the European Union. The College of Europe is characterised by its academic independence, its bilingualism, the diversity of its teaching staff and its multicultural environment, which together create a genuine European ‘microcosm’. Entry requirements and rigorous selection procedures ensure that students who are recruited are of the highest calibre. The student body reflects a variety of cultures and personal experiences. Students come from over 50 countries, many speaking several languages. The accredited academic programmes of Bruges and Natolin provide students with a specialised grounding in the European dimension of their fields of study, as well as an in-depth understanding of Europe in all its complexity.
In Bruges, students enrol in one of five academic departments: European Economic Studies; European Legal Studies; European Political and Governance studies; EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies and Transatlantic Affairs. In Natolin, the study programme analyses the process of European integration from a pluri-disciplinary perspective. Upon completion of the programme, students are awarded the ‘Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies’.
Each department is flanked by a team of Academic Assistants who support the students through teaching activities as well as research. Some Academic Assistants also work alongside Research Chairs such as the EP Geremek European Civilisation Chair, the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, the InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations, and the European Energy Policy Chair. Throughout the year at the College, students participate in many academic pursuits such conferences, simulations, moot court exercises, high level lectures, and study trips to international and European institutions. They also take part in organising their own cultural events in the form of “National Days” to allow their colleagues to discover their national heritage.
Relying on its extensive network of professors, trainers and alumni, the College also delivers, through its Development Office, professional training on EU affairs as well as consultancy services.
The Bruges campus and the Natolin campus are both associate TEPSA members.
Latest News (Bruges):
- Job Vacancy: Academic Assistant in the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, Deadline May 10 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Online Book Launch: “The External Action of the European Union – Concepts, Approaches, Theories”, April 20 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Online Course: “Monitoring & Evaluation”, June 14 – 16 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Online Course: “EU Project Management” June 7 – 11 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Job Vacancy: Part-time Professor in the Department of European Economic Studies, Deadline April 26 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Call for Applications: Part-time Academic Coordinator, Deadline April 12 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Online Seminar: “EU Transport & Railway Affairs (ETCR)”, June 23, June 28 – July 2, 9 and 16 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Online Course: “Intensive Seminar on the EU”, June 28 – July 16 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Online Course: “EU Energy Policy”, July 5-9 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- TEPSA Brief: “Common Agricultural Policy and Policy Coherence for Development”, Sara Canali and Michaël de Clercq
Latest News (Natolin):
- Call for Applications: “9th ENP PhD Summer School”, June 28 – July 2 (College of Europe, Natolin)
- Special Online Lecture by Dr Nathalie TOCCI: “The EU Global Strategy Five Years on: How Has It Stood the Test of Time?” (College of Europe, Natolin)
- High-Level Debate “Europe beyond COVID-19” with Mr Clément Beaune, French State Secretary for European Affairs (College of Europe, Natolin)
- “Memory, History and Politics in Central Europe: from Reconciliation to the Reactivation of Historic Conflicts”, Georges Mink (College of Europe, Natolin)
- “Recognition of States and Colonialism in the Twenty-First Century, Emile Badarin (College of Europe, Natolin)
- Natolin Students at the 4th ASEF Young Leaders Summit (College of Europe, Natolin)
- Call for Proposals: Contribution to the Conference “A Green Deal for the Globe: European Union External Action and the International just Transition”, March 31 (College of Europe, Natolin)
- New publication by Prof. Pascaline Winand on EU-India relations (College of Europe, Natolin)
- “What Happened?: The 2020 election showed that libertarians have a long way to go before they can become a national movement”, Jeffrey Michels and Olivier Lewis (College of Europe, Natolin)
- Call for Proposals: Contribution to the Conference “A Green Deal for the Globe: European Union external action and the international Just Transition” (College of Europe, Natolin)