Bachelor of European Studies

The Bachelor of European Studies at ANU is designed for students interested in the historical, political and cultural structure of contemporary Europe. After centuries of conflict, Europe has regained a unity not seen since the Roman Empire. Indeed the European Union is the most advanced form of supranational government on the planet. Although Europe no longer dominates the globe through its extensive empires, Europe’s global impact lives on in philosophical ideas, literary traditions and practices of government. Even today, Australia’s international relations are conditioned in many areas by trade and diplomacy with the European Union and individual European governments such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and others.

European Studies at ANU

In this degree, you will study a range of courses on the history, culture and contemporary politics of Europe and a European language.

Bachelor of European Studies students learn to:

  • Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped Europe
  • Identify and critique the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of Europe
  • Analyse current debates relating to regional cooperation and unity in the context of tensions in traditions
  • Analyse the global significance of events and developments in Europe
  • Communicate in a European language.

You also have a wide range of electives to choose from to complement your studies and you will study a European language as part of this degree. The languages available are French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian (reading and writing only).

Flexible double degree

The Bachelor of European Studies can be combined with degrees in Arts, Social Sciences, Law, Business or Science as part of the ANU flexible double degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see anu.edu.au/study/study-options/flexible-double.

Study overseas

In the Bachelor of European Studies, you have the option to study overseas at one of the University’s many partner institutions in Europe for a minimum of a semester typically in the third year of your degree. You can apply for a number of scholarships to assist with travel and living expenses. This experience will provide you with in-depth knowledge of Europe, help you gain language fluency and give you the experience of a lifetime.

Further studies

The Bachelor of European Studies students can undertake an honours year within the programme. There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study including coursework and research at the Masters Level.

Career opportunities

Beyond the deep and continuing cultural ties, Europe is important to Australia in relation to finance, trade and tourism. Some of the biggest companies in Australia are connected to Europe and many European companies operate in Australia. In the Bachelor of European Studies, you will learn the complexities of the newly-unified continent while being able to communicate clearly and effectively in a European language. European and Australian companies value the ability to think clearly and analytically while also having an in-depth knowledge of Europe. Graduates of the Bachelor of European Studies may find work in policy making, government, private business, tourism, trade or many other fields.

First Semester 2019 commencement – Undergraduate International

Due to high demand for our programs, applications direct to ANU for commencement in First Semester 2019 (February intake) are now closed.

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