College of Europe, a unique European educational institution, opens doors to students around the world, including those in Ukraine. Founded in 1949, the College of Europe offers high-quality academic training and professional prospects, attracting students from over 50 countries to study at its Bruges and Natolin (Warsaw) campuses.
“It is a unique educational institution: its graduates are experts from various national backgrounds,” says Tetiana Semiletko, who completed postgraduate studies at the College. The College graduates “share a certain common culture that can be traced in combination with cosmopolitan thinking an active attitude toward life, and willingness to seek consensus with respect to the thoughts of others,” she adds.
Students who participate in College of Europe academic programmes develop a deeper understanding of the European dimensions of their field of study and first-hand experience in Europe. The one-year program, taught in English and French, lasts from September until the end of June. At the end of each semester, students take oral and written examinations. They are also required to undertake independent research in European studies and submit an MA thesis.
The College allows students to “seize the whole scope of European studies – EU institutions, various policies, legal frameworks, economics, or history of European integration,” says Volodymyr Kuzka, alumnus of the programme. He adds that during the second semester, students at the Natolin campus can opt for courses in one of four major fields, from governance in the EU to the European single market.
Studying at the College of Europe is costly— fees can amount to €22,000 per academic year. However, Ukrainian students are eligible for a special scholarship. “Being citizens of Ukraine, we can apply for the European Neighbourhood Policy Scholarship, which is a European Commission scholarship programme that covers academic expenses, accommodation, meals and travel costs,” mentions Volodymyr Gushuley, College graduate. “During my studies in 2010-2011, the European Commission provided six scholarships for Ukrainians studying at the Bruges campus of the College,” he adds.
Many Ukrainian alumni of the College have launched successful careers after graduation; some of them are involved in international technical support projects funded by the EU or other international organizations. “I succeeded in joining the Ukrainian-European Policy and Legal Advice Centre (UEPLAC-V) team,” Tetiana Semiletko says. ”It was interesting and quite easy for me to work as a part of this team of international experts thanks to my knowledge of two foreign languages and substantial academic training received abroad,” she adds.
Indeed, students studying in Europe are “ambassadors of Ukraine in the EU,” says David Stulik, press officer of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. He adds that when they come back home they become “EU ambassadors in Ukraine.”
Deadline for applications this year: January 15, 2013.
Candidates can find all relevant information on admission procedures and the academic process on the College’s website at www.coleurope.eu.