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Years 2, 3 and 4

Year 2
During your second year of studies, you will continue with and deepen your knowledge on the subjects you started in year 1; European Law and Politics, Europe from different Angles, Cultural Diplomacy etc. The same goes for skills (presenting, working in a group) and practical international assigments.

In the second year students take part in the PITSSTOP project, together with students of a partner institute (Metropolia, Helsinki). During this project students are asked to write a marketing communication plan for an existing company planning to introduce a new product or service abroad. Regulations, subsidy possibilities should be taken into account as well. Plans will be presented for an external jury of experts.

Year 3
In your third year of studies, you first participate in an international study exchange at one of our many partner universities abroad. This study abroad semester greatly contributes to the development of your international and intercultural orientation.

In order to enable you to take part in these exchanges, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences has signed many bilateral agreements with partner universities all over the world. Zuyd. As a result of these agreements, students can study abroad without paying extra tuition fees to the foreign university.

In the second semester of year 3, you will take part in a simulation of the professional environment. You and your fellow students then have to set up and run a communcation consultancy and you will do assignments for your client. Parallel to that you will be offered knowledge courses, your first foreign language and elective courses. Examples of elective courses are: American Studies, Minorities and Dominant Cultures, your second language, Russian, Central and Eastern Europe part 1. 

Year 4
In the first 10 weeks of year 4, you will either focus more on the public or the private European domain and continue with your first language and a training on how to enter the labour market. Elective courses like Central and Eastern Europe part 2 and IELTS exams are offered.

In the second block, students must choose a minor, and round off their study programme by doing an international internship at a company or organisation (preferably abroad). Excellent students may be selected to do a pre-master at Maastricht University (UM) in the first semester, and after doing an internship are allowed to start the master European Studies at UM.

Minors
In the second block of year 4 students should chose a minor within our outside the European Studies programme. European Studies offers several minors: Writing a thesis, Lobbying and Public Affairs in the EU, Human Rights, Deutsch für den Beruf, UK Contemporary Culture and Spanish.


Writing a thesis
During the second block of year four students write a thesis, on a topic with European dimensions related to the public or the private domain. The writing is supervised by a lecturer with expertise on the subject.  A pitch for members of appropriate research centres is part of the preparation phase.

Lobbying and Public Affairs in the EU
Does decision-making on a European and international level fascinate you? Have you always wondered just what goes on in the hallowed halls of Parliament? Is lobbying really what the world would have you believe: a game of backroom politics and interest groups thinking only of themselves? Or is lobbying actually an essential part of decision-making, ensuring that our interests are represented, too? If you just answered 'Yes' to any of the questions above, then this is a good choice for you. In 10 weeks you will be taught the basics of lobbying, what is means to write a lobbying plan and how to get your ideas heard by the right people so that they might become reality. You will be taught that it's not just what you write, but also how you write it, how you present it, and where to find the people at the right moment. Through a combination of interactive training, theoretical instruction and practical application, you will research, write and effectively defend your lobbying plan.

Human Rights
Upon completion of the minor Human Rights, you will have a thorough understanding of all major aspects of human rights. This includes both theoretical background and practical skills. The student is able to write a decent research report on human rights and to present and defend this report properly.

Deutch für den Beruf

Contemporary UK Culture
This minor is designed to help students gain awareness of contemporary UK culture by exploring its history and traditions and their dynamic relationship with the present. Britain is not just England, so Welsh, Scottish, and Northern Irish aspects of UK culture will be explored as well he legacy of the British commonwealth, by looking at British Asian and Caribbean influences. Lectures and workshops will be given on various strands of contemporary UK life and culture and how they are impacted by its national and commonwealth identities.  By the end of the course students will have a full awareness of UK culture and how it impacts on people, professional, public and political life to enable them to better understand British people when communicating with them

Spanish
This minor offers students the opportunity to explore the Spanish language and culture. At the end students get the possibility to participate in the DELE exams in order to get an official certificate of the Instituto Cervantes.

Overview of all courses
Please click here for a description (PDF file) of the ES curriculum and for an overview of the courses given in year 1-2-3-4 of the European Studies programme.

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