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EM Ireland – Just the Facts: College of Europe

The College of Europe is an independent university institute of postgraduate European studies with campuses in Bruges and Natolin. The online application for the academic year 2016-2017 is now open. If you wish to apply, please submit your complete application before the deadline date 20 January, 2016.

The College of Europe was the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs. Its origins date back to the 1948 Hague Congress when Salvador de Madariaga, a Spanish statesman, thinker and writer in exile, proposed the establishment of a College where university graduates from many different countries could study and live together.

The College of Europe

Each year, the College of Europe accepts students who wish to study at post-graduate level at its Bruges or Natolin campuses. Traditionally, the Irish Department of Education and Skills provides three scholarships to Irish students who wish to study at the college. For the past four years, EM Ireland have administered the application process on behalf of the Department.

These scholarships are open to Irish students studying politics, law, economics, European studies, etc., and offer an excellent opportunity for Irish graduates who are interested in working in Europe to develop their knowledge and skills and to experience education in a truly international environment.

Information about the post-graduate courses on offer in the College of Europe is available from the College’s website Both scholarship and non-scholarship applications from prospective students who wish to study at the college are reviewed by an independent Irish National Selection Committee, with interviews taking place in late spring.

Want to Apply?

Applications for admission to the College of Europe are now to be completed entirely online. For more information on the application process and what is involved, visit the admissions page here. If you are interested in applying, please see the details below. All applicants, including students who do not apply for a scholarship, must indicate their selection committee (in the case of Irish applicants, this is European Movement Ireland) in the application form.

In order to complete the online application, you will need the following information/documents:

  • title of degree(s) already obtained: start and end date (university, faculty, etc.)
  • title of degree(s) to be obtained: start and end date (university, faculty, etc.)
  • other academic activities
  • professional experience: type, employer, start and end date, job title
  • language knowledge (French, English and other), level see language requirements pages
  • motivation (max 600 words)
  • Names and e-mail addresses of 2 university professors in order for you to send a reference request to them via the online application system
  • CV in Europass format
  • copy of your university degree(s) – document(s) in the original language and translation if not in English (if you are not yet in possession of your final degree, please send it as soon as it is available)
  • transcript from your University, Faculty, School, detailing results for every year of your studies and grades obtained – document in the original language and translation (if not in English)
  • passport or national identity card
  • passport photo

Please upload your documents in PDF format only (JPG and PNG only when specified).

If you would like some more information on applying to the College of Europe, contact Jenny, at

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