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.

In other words, in order to understand contemporary Australia you need to understand Europe. Australia has been profoundly shaped by the history of Europe and the ideas originating from that continent. 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.

You may choose to study either Contemporary Europe or European History and will study a European language. There is also an overseas study component to this degree. You have the opportunity to travel to Europe to undertake a semester of study at one of the University’s partner institutions. You also have a wide range of electives to choose from to complement your studies.

Bachelor of European Studies students learn to:

  • Understand the historical foundations of contemporary Europe
  • Evaluate recent developments in European cooperation and unity and contrast these developments to persistent tensions and recent crises
  • Differentiate social, political, and cultural structures of contemporary Europe
  • Communicate in a European language
  • Understand contemporary European culture by living and studying in Europe.

European Studies at ANU

ANU is the best place to study Europe in Australia. ANU is ranked 18th in the world for social sciences, and is world renowned for language studies, politics and international relations.^ These disciplines are the focus of the Bachelor of European Studies. By choosing the Bachelor of European Studies you will receive a world-class education and internationally recognised degree.

Study a language

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). ANU hosts the largest number of languages to study out of all Australian universities. These broad language study options, coupled with the University’s world-class rankings, make ANU a logical choice for studying Europe.

Study abroad

In the Bachelor of European Studies you will study overseas at one of the University’s many partner institutions in Europe for a minimum of a semester 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.

Flexible double degree

The Bachelor of European Studies can be combined with degrees in Law, Business or Science as part of the ANU flexible double degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see

^ QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2016.

Further studies

An honours year forms part of this degree. There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study including coursework and research.

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 publishing, policy making, government, education, international development, politics, media, research fields, journalism, aid, advertising, private business, tourism, trade or many other fields.

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