Master of Arts in European Union Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Founded in 1998, the European Union Center serves as the focal point for teaching, research, and outreach on the European Union at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The EU Center is proud to offer a Master of Arts in EU Studies, the first such degree program in the US.



The European Union Center at the University of Illinois offers the only Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS) program in the United States. Five full-time staff members support small cohorts of students with academic and professional guidance, funding opportunities through FLAS fellowships and assistantships, and the connecting of students with UI's world-class faculty and weekly visiting officials and scholars on campus.



MAEUS attracts a broad range of students, including:

  • Students seeking to combine area expertise with professional training
  • Students proceeding to related doctoral work
  • Students seeking a stand-alone professional degree



Why choose the MAEUS program?

  • Studies draw from a wide range of disciplines
  • Students can pursue joint degrees with professional schools
  • Students can develop their research interests by writing a thesis or two substantial research papers, in addition to opportunities to present their research at formal lectures and conferences.
  • Students have the opportunity to study the EU firsthand through internships and study abroad
  • Funding opportunities include FLAS fellowships and EUC graduate assistantships, as well as funding from other academic departments on campus



Opportunities Abroad – Internships and Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to include study or internships abroad in their MAEUS curriculum, with time spent abroad ranging from two months to a year. In conjunction with the University's Study Abroad Office, the EUC partners with several prestigious European universities to offer graduate-level study abroad programs. MAEUS students have the opportunity to complete coursework, advance their language proficiency, and conduct research across Europe. In recent years, programs have included:




University of Lisbon, Portugal

Ankara University Turkish and Foreign Languages Applied Research Center, Turkey

Humboldt University, Germany

New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria



Semester (Fall or Spring):

Bogazici University, Turkey

University of Bologna, Italy



Academic Year:

Sciences-Po, France



For more information about the Master of Arts in European Union Studies, please visit the University of Illinois' European Union Center website.