Content and objectives

The university continuing education and training program "European Studies" aims at broadening the participants’ understanding of economic, legal, political and socio-cultural transformation processes and of their interaction in the process of European integration. Participants acquire a wide range of key competences, including the ability to take into account the cultural dimension of these phenomena, the ability to work in transnational, multidisciplinary networks and multicultural teams as well as the ability to analyze complex relationships.

Occupational profile and target group

The program is targeted at people who work or would like to work with national and multinational corporations, banks, the insurance industry, institutions in the field of social and culture management, national administrations, European and international organizations, as well as in continuing education and training. The program aims at expanding the participants’ individual potential for innovation, their subject-specific competences and their personal experience.

Participants acquire the following qualifications:

  • profound knowledge of the European transformation and integration processes
  • an understanding of underlying mechanisms of a knowledge society
  • practical skills in the field of information acquisition and knowledge management
  • competences in analyzing complex relationships
  • the ability to work in multicultural teams
  • a high level of (foreign) language proficiency

Structure and learning concept

The program has a duration of either two semesters (full-time basis) or four semesters (part-time basis) and comprises courses corresponding to 30 hours per week per semester (60 ECTS Credits) in total. Courses are held mostly in German. Some courses are also held in English.

In line with the contents of the individual modules, participants have the opportunity to learn two foreign languages. 


Participants have to successfully complete all modules and write a master’s thesis (on a topic related to a module) in order to complete the program. 

After successfully completing the oral public defense, graduates of the university continuing education and training program in European Studies are awarded the academic degree “Master of European Studies”, abbreviated as “M.E.S.”.