European Union Studies Certificate/ Graduate

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Academic Requirements

There are five Certificate requirements:
1) Language Proficiency
2) Area Studies Courses
3) A Research Paper
4) A Co-curricular Activity
5) Graduation with a graduate or professional degree

Language Proficiency

Three years of college-level instruction, or the equivalent proficiency, in one official language of the EU or that of an official EU candidate country other than English.

Area Studies Courses

At least 18 credits of European Union Studies courses or seminars, of which at least 9 credits must be outside the student's major school/department.  The 18 credits must include 6 credits from the list of "core" EU courses. 


Research Paper

An interdisciplinary research paper of 15 or more pages that reflects the use of materials in an official language of the EU.  The paper could be prepared for a course, but students are urged to conceptualize it with the Certificate requirements in mind and to consult with the EUCE/ESC or REES graduate advisor while writing it.  The paper will be evaluated by an EUCE or REES affiliated faculty member. 

Co-Curricular Activity

Participation in at least one EU-related activity approved by the EUCE/ESC or REES graduate advisor.  The student must consult with the Assistant Director/Graduate Advisor for a list of approved activities.

Completion of Degree Requirements

Students must complete all requirements for the Master's or professional degree or pass the preliminary examinations for the Ph.D.

Certificate Advising

In order to enroll in and obtain maximum benefit from the program, studens should meet regularly with the EUCE graduate advisor to keep her informed of their progress toward satisfying the certificate requirements.  She can also provide information on funding and other opportunities that complement the Certificate.

Please contact the Associate Director for Academic Affairs, Allyson Delnore, with questions about certificate requirements.