European Studies

International Master's programme 2 years, Trondheim

European Studies



  • Master

  • Full-time
  • 1 Dec/1 Mar/15 Apr Application deadline

Welcome - study start 2020

Welcome - study start 2020

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students to study start. The matriculation ceremony is a startup for all new students at NTNU.

Due to the current situation with the pandemic, this year's matriculation ceremony will be organized digitally.   

We want everyone to get off to a good start and be part of the student community at NTNU, even if you have to follow the lectures digitally the first semester.

More information on this year's matriculation ceremony. The programme is subject to change - check in from time to time to see the updates. 

NTNU organises an orientation programme for new international students every August and January. Orientation Days is a lot of fun and an excellent way for you to get to know NTNU.  We strongly encourage all new international students to attend Orientation Week/days. 

Due to the current situation with the pandemic, the orientation-week for August 2020 will be organized digitally. 

Orientation activities

The Office of International Relations is organising a digital information day with practical information on Tuesday 11 August for international master’s degree students: The students are also invited to follow the Matriculation ceremony online, and encouraged to participate in any digital activities and meetings organised by the faculties, institutes and study programmes. 

The students will receive close follow-up by the Office of International Relations throughout the autumn semester. The Office of International Relations is also planning a physical orientation programme for the students when they arrive at NTNU in January 2021. 

Orientation programme

There will be a digital information meeting on the study programme thuesday 11th august at 14.00.

Checklist and manage your stay

For new international students, this is what you need to do to get started as a student:

Checklist for new international students

OBS: Due to COVID-19, no international students will be allowed to enter Norway until 1 January 2021. Please contact us if you have any questions about this. The programme is planning to make this situation as good as possible for both international students outside Norway and students on campus.

How to learn norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course. 

Exchange students can join a 3-week intensive summer course in August. The course includes several day-trips in the surroundings of Trondheim, and a weekend-excursion to nearby mountains.

NTNU's intranet

Buses to and from NTNU


Buddy week / Fadderuka 2020

The buddy week for European Studies is organized by Eureka, the student association for European Studies.

Eureka writes:

The freshman week this year starts Monday the 17th of August and lasts until the end of that week. During this week there will be various social events where you will be able to meet your fellow students, as well as other students at the European Studies study program. For more information and registration for the freshman week, go to Eureka's website:

Course schedule

Your personal course schedule/timetable will be available on your page on the intranet Innsida after you have registered for your courses. The schedule for each course will also be available in the course description section. You will find the courses under «Programme components» in the menu to the left on the programme start page.

Reading list

Here, you will find all the published reading lists. If you cannot find your courses, the reading list will be ready at the start of the academic year. Unfortunately the web page is only in Norwegian, but you can find European Studies under "Europastudier".

There will be Digital lectures for the first semesterMore Information for International students who have been offered admission into an international Master’s programme at NTNU.

Digital semester for new international master’s degree students

International students who have received admission to an English-speaking master’s degree programme that starts autumn 2020 should not meet on campus. This applies to International Master’s degree programmes, and will most likely also apply to Joint Nordic, Erasmus Mundus and other joint degree programmes. The autumn semester will be digital, and the students should follow the lectures from their home country. 

The decision has been based on the Norwegian government’s travel restrictions and the practical and financial implications regarding visas, housing and transportation. Even though the travel restriction should be lifted, it will not be possible for many international students to meet in Norway on short notice. 

As far as the situation allows, the students will be able to meet on campus in January 2021

Non-EU students have been notified that they should wait to transfer money to NTNU’s deposit account and to apply for a visa. Students should also wait to apply for student housing for the spring semester. Students will receive further notice about how to proceed in August/September.

Norwegian students / International students already in Norway

Norwegian students who have been admitted to an English-speaking master’s programme should monitor the study programme’s webpage to see if there are plans for physical attendance on campus. International students who already reside in Norway can also meet on campus if the study programme is organising physical activities – if the student wishes to do so.  

International master’s students in their 2nd year

For international students in their 2nd year at NTNU the autumn semester will be a combination of digital lectures and physical attendance on campus. If a student is prevented from returning to Norway this will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you need any assistance.

More information about the study start will come. Stay tuned here throughout the summer for more updates.

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About the programme of study

The Master's programme in European Studies provides students with in-depth knowledge of the multiplicity of forms and degrees of European integration and cooperation, how they came about, and what implications this has for governance and democracy in Europe. Norway and its unique relationship with the European Union (EU) through its joint participation in the European Economic Area (EEA) and through the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) is an important focal point of the MA in European Studies. The MA also equips students with advanced research and analytical skills both in preparation for writing the thesis but also in analysing the EU’s policies and processes. The programme creates the ideal framework for a multitude of career options in Norway, within the EEA and elsewhere.


Admission to the Master requires a Bachelor in European Studies, Humanities or Social Sciences, or equivalent approved degree. A basic knowledge of the EU as a political system, the EU as a political actor, European (integration) history, culture and integration theories is required.

See more about admission and grade requirements.

Career Prospects

The MA in European Studies prepares students for global employment opportunities for which knowledge of contemporary Europe and the European Union is essential.

Programme components

The programme has 120 credits (ECTS) worth of components and has a normal length of study of four semesters (two years).

Study environment

Eureka, the student association for European Studies, organizes various extra-curricular activities, both social and academic.

Student guidance

For questions about the programme or the application procedure, contact our student advisers at or telephone: (+47) 73 59 64 40.

You can also visit us at NTNU Dragvoll, Building 6, Level 4.

05 Jun 2020

Facts about the programme of study


Facts about the programme of study

Degree: Master of Arts in Europan Studies
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Length of study programme: 2 years
City: Trondheim

Department of Historical and Classical Studies, Faculty of Humanities

How to Apply


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