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):
- Online Event: “Trade Policy”, October 18-21 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Online Event: “EU Economic Governance”, October 11-13 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Hybrid Event: “EU Fact Checking & EU Fact Finding”, October 7-8, October 28-29 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Training: “EU Diplomacy & Diplomatic Skills”, October 4-6 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Online Event: “European Defence & Security”, September 29-October 1 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- International Conference: “The European Union and the Governance of Contested Global Spaces”, October 14-15 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Job Vacancy: “Strategic Communication Officer”, Deadline September 15 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Job Vacancy: “Academic Assistant in the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies”, Deadline September 8 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Seminar on European Union, 5-16 July (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Job Vacancy: “Academic Assistant (part-time) European General Studies Programme”, Deadline May 31 (College of Europe, Bruges)
Latest News (Natolin):
- Dr Zachary MAZUR presented a paper during a conference organised by the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Vienna (College of Europe, Natolin)
- The European Centre of Solidarność awarded the Medal of Recognition to Prof. Georges Mink (College of Europe, Natolin)
- Start of the Academic Year 2021/2022 at the Natolin campus (College of Europe, Natolin)
- “De Europa”, Gabrielle Bernoville, Dafni Argyraki, Federica Woelk, Teun Janssen, Alexandru Demianenco, Robert Smith (College of Europe, Natolin)
- “Democratic Transition, Europeanization, and Other Metamorphoses of Central Eastern Europe: An EU Member State-Building Perspective”, Andriy Tyushka (College of Europe, Natolin)
- Job Vacancy: “Post-Doctoral Fellow”, Deadline October 31 (College of Europe, Natolin)
- Job Vacancy: “Research Fellow”, Deadline October 20 (College of Europe, Natolin)
- TEPSA Brief: “Equality Matters: Why and So What?”, Joshua Castellino
- “New Eastern Europe”, Giovanna Di Mauro (College of Europe, Natolin)
- Online Course: “Competition Policy & High-Tech Markets”, July 12-14 (College of Europe)