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Bachelor of European Studies

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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

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.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2020

Career options

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.

Hear from our students

It’s great to be among people who are interested in the same things. The ANU Centre for European Studies actively makes an effort to introduce you to the right people and get you talking.

Marita, Bachelor of European Studies

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European Studies at ANU

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