Programme structure

The course starts on 1st October and ends on 30th September. The graduation ceremony is traditionally held in October.


The ideal-typical study progress in the full-time model of the programme

  • Foundation semester (1st October until 31st January)
    During the first semester (winter semester), the students attend compulsory courses covering the basic principles of European Integration in the areas of law, economics and politics. All courses will be held in English. A variety of elective courses round off the semester, which is closed with an oral exam
  • A one-week study trip to Brussels and Luxembourg, where the students are offered the opportunity to visit EU institutions
  • An internship lasting between 8 and 12 weeks
  • Advanced semester (2nd May until 15th July)
    The second semester consists of block seminars designed to deepen the knowledge acquired during the first semester and its practical application. Additional seminars on soft skills, preparing for EU open competitions and job application training are offered
  • Final exam
    The final degree requirement is a written master's thesis, which must be completed within two months and defended in a final oral exam. 

The ideal-typical study progress in the part-time model of the programme

  • In the first part-time semester students complete the module 'Institutional Foundations of European Integration' as well as the first part of the module ‘The European Union as a Legal Community’ and ‘The European Union as a Political Community’. The one-week study trip to Brussels and Luxembourg and the internship round off the semester.
  • Over the course of the second part-time semester, the two modules 'The European Union as a Legal Community' and 'The European Union as a Political Community’ are completed. In addition, students complete the first part of the module ‘The European Union as an Economic Community’, 'Selected Issues in European Integration', and 'Interdisciplinary Competence', respectively.
  • During the third part-time-semester, students finish all three modules: ‘The European Union as an Economic Community’, 'Selected Issues in European Integration', and 'Interdisciplinary Competence'.
  • The fourth part-time-semester is dedicated to the Master’s thesis. The final thesis assessment by two supervisors is followed by its defense in form of an oral examination. 

In individual cases, this standard schedule can be adjusted in accordance with requirements specified by the candidate. Such changes will have to be discussed and agreed with the programme-coordinator in advance of the start of the course.