The Institute for Political Studies is a Full Member of the EUROPAEUM

Being a Associated Member of this consortium, that brings together some of the most historical and prestigious European universities, is a source of great honour to the IEP and represents an excellent academic opportunity both for students and for IEP teaching staff given the doors opened and especially as regards participation in the various programmes taking place under the auspices of EUROPAEUM. 

The Europaeum is a consortium comprising 18 of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious university institutions - The University of Oxford; Universiteit Leiden; Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; Univerzita Karlova, Prague; Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Helsingin Yliopisto; Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Krakow; Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; LMU Munich; University of St Andrews; University of Luxembourg; Alma Mater Studiorum, Universitá di Bologna; Freie Universi-tät Berlin; KU Leuven; Universidade Católica Portuguesa; University of Copenhagen and University of Tartu - designed to serve as an ‘international university without walls’, in which future scholars and lead-ers of our new Europe will have an opportunity to share common learning and confront common concerns together. For 25 years the Europaeum have brought togeth-er talented students and faculty working in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, to promote a better ‘sense of Europe’ through collaboration and academic mobility. The Europaeum believes that today, we need more not less international collaboration, more not less emphasis on universities engaging with the wider society, and more not less connection between the disciplines. And that fresh cohorts of talented young people, committed to making a difference for the better, are essential to shaping the future of Europe for the better.


The Europaeum Scholars Programme is a doctoral training programme that is taken alongside an existing doctorate. It is designed for those exceptional students who have the capacity and the desire to shape the future of Europe for the better. Based primarily in Leiden, Geneva, Oxford, and Prague it is multi-disciplinary, multi-university, and multi-locational and focused on contemporary European policy. Teaching is primarily in small groups of seven or eight, working intensively as teams and being critically tested by academics affiliated with the Europaeum. There are also be lectures and seminars lead by external experts, leading thinkers, media experts and business people, and policy-makers. Scholars tackle the moral and ethical considerations involved in policy as well as an examination of the qualities that they themselves bring to the table.


The Europaeum Masters Programme in European History and Civilisation offers graduate students a special opportunity to deepen their knowledge of European history and institutions, their philosophical and historical backgrounds and underpinnings, and their social and economic contexts, through the lens of three different university worlds. This knowledge plays an increasingly crucial role in practical decision-making and strategic planning, where Europe-wide and global contact and negotiation is required.

This one-year programme is divided into trimesters, with the first trimester of teaching at Leiden, the second at Université Paris I - Sorbonne-Panthéon / IEP-UCP Lisbon and the third at Oxford, including four weeks for tutorial guidance in the preparation of a dissertation. Teaching will be in English by key academic figures in each host university. Participants will also take part in the academic and social life of each the three institutions at which the courses are offered.

The goal of the programme is to provide participants with a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge of European History & Civilization. Participants will also gain from the extensive networking facilities offered by study at three of the leading higher-education institutions in Europe: two situated on the European continent, the third in the English-speaking world. This will involve active stimulation of contact between participants and alumni.

Structure and Duration: In each part of the programme, candidates will select modules from a comprehensive range of topics, and will thus be able to tailor the course to their specific interests and requirements. At Oxford the students will stay at St Cross, St Hugh's, Corpus Christi, Mansfield or Linacre College. The Programme begins in early September Academic Guidance: In each university an Academic Director, with overall responsibility for academic and related arrangements linked to the course for that institution, will work closely with an overall Curriculum Coordinator, who will liaise between and regularly visit each of the three institutions, ensuring that the curriculum works as a coherent whole with high academic standards and without overlap.

Degrees: IEP-UCP students can be selected to participate in the Europaeum Masters Programme. These students must have completed two semesters (one year) of the IEP-UCP MA and PhD Programme by the date of departure. These selected students do not need to take the third semester at IEP-UCP, since it will correspond to the frequency of the Europaeum Masters Programme (one year). Every student successfully completing two semesters at IEP-UCP and the Europaeum Masters Programme will receive an MA in History granted by Leiden University. In addition, certificates from Oxford and Paris I and a Europaeum Certificate would also be provided for overall completion of the course.

MA European Politics & Society
This joint master’s degree is offered by Charles University as leading partner (Prague), plus Jagellonian University (Krakow), Leiden University and Pompeu Frabra University (Barcelona), with the help of Erasmus Mundus funding. It is a two-year programme that starts in Prague and subsequently offers different options. Students will receive a Europaeum Certificate and some will be invited to attend the Spring School in Oxford in their second year.

Vaclav Havel Programme
This is a specialisation offered to master’s students at Charles University (Prague), Leiden University and Paris I (Sorbonne) who can spend one semester at one partner university. They will receive a Europaeum Certificate and some will be invited to attend the Spring School in Oxford.


Graduates from all Europaeum members Universities can apply for our seminars or workshops. These are advertised in the Universities, but also on Europaeum Events page.

Highlight at the Europaeum website:

New Associate Member Announced

The Europaeum is unveiling a new Associate Membership distinction designed for smaller research institutes, think-tanks, and university departments that share our mission to promote academic links between European institutions. The first associate member is the Instituto de Estudos Políticos da Universidade Católica Portuguesa (IEP-UCP), a most successful Political Studies department based at the Catholic University, Lisbon. The IEP-UCP is the only Portuguese institution (amongst 19 such acknowledged ) included in the ranking of the World's Top Public Policy Research Organizations.

The IEP-UCP has collaborated with the Europaeum for a number of years (see international debate above) thereby strengthening our ties to Portuguese academia. In the past, the IEP-UCP has worked with the Europaeum on joint events such as the Brussels policy-making seminars, helped to fund Portuguese students on the Europaeum MA in European History and Civilisation, and regularly includes a special international graduate student debate led by Europaeum students at its annual summer school - conference.

The Europaeum welcomes the Institute and looks forward to further successful collaborations!