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"We’re studying political studies, as well as history and philosophy. It’s extremely broad but, at the same time, very applicable. I have done field work in Paris and we study one semester in Roskilde, Denmark, and another at a European university of our choice. I chose Spain, and learned Spanish. Having travelled and studied in different countries will look good on my CV." Yara Alghafri
Teaching methods for European Studies include lectures, group work, theme studies and self-study of literature.
Europe is complex. In order to fully understand Europe and the European Union, more than one national or scientific perspective is required. European Studies at Malmö University provides you with a multidisciplinary approach to Europe in an international setting.
During the programme you will work actively with cross-border cooperation during the courses and in your research. Our multi- and interdisciplinary approach helps you gain knowledge and awareness related to history and culture on a larger scale than many other similar programmes in Scandinavia.
IPES is built to give students a real experience of European mobility together with historical perspectives and knowledge about how the EU functions. During the second year you will have an opportunity to study abroad and/or do an internship giving you practical experience outside the traditional classroom setting.
The purpose of the education in European Studies at Malmö University is to give you a European competence, with focus on cultural understanding and critical reflection. Our courses and programmes combine humanities with political science in an attempt to provide understanding of this continent, with its changes and diversities. Thus, you achieve a practical, as well as a more comprehensive, competence in European history, politics, geography, communication and other cultural aspects.
We cooperate with a number of universities to provide exchange opportunities for students. We have a strategic cooperation with Roskilde University and The Öresund University
Roskilde University Center
Here are some examples of universities where our students do exchange studies:
Grenoble – Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Grenoble, France
Toulouse - Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Toulouse, France
Granada – Universidad de Granada, Spain
León – Universidad de León, Spain
Kraków – Uniwersytet Jagielloñski (Jagellonian University), Poland
Kraków – Wyzsza Szkola Europejska Im. Ks. Jozefa Tischnera (Tischner European University), Poland
Eichstätt – Katholische Universität Eichstätt – Ingolstadt, Germany
Europa - Universität Viadrina Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
When Therese Almqvist applied to Malmö University she had worked in agriculture, elderly care, and had run a café with a friend. But the urge to learn more about society and develop as a person made her want to go to university.
- I had considered starting my own business, but I realised that I needed more theoretical knowledge about how society works. I wanted to learn more about political structures.
Therese first chose to study international migration and ethnic relations at Malmö University but then transferred to the International Programme for European Studies.
- After I had completed my degree and started applying for jobs there were a few vacancies for EU coordinators in Skåne.
Therese got the job as EU coordinator in the town of Hässleholm before the economy began to plummet. She’s the only one in that role, but in larger cities, like Malmö, there is usually one EU coordinator in every borough. In smaller municipalities the role is often part of a broader coordination service.
- I’m on the strategic development team with other experts in different areas. My job is to ensure that people, administrations or municipalities can coordinate their needs and efforts and collaborate. I try to bring together ideas, thoughts, and needs and transform them into projects and processes. What I like the most, in addition to all the people I meet, is that I get to see lots of results on this local level. That is really motivating.
European Studies provides a good foundation for further studies at the master's level. The programme also enables students to work in regional and national organisations that seek people with knowledge and understanding of European institutions, histories and culture.
At the Department of Global Political Studies, students have the opportunity to undertake an internship during one semester.
Read more about the course Internship
The programme was established 02 March 2007.
This programme syllabus (version 2) was approved 02 March 2007 by the Board of Studies at the Department of International Migration and Ethnic Relations.
The syllabus is valid from 02 March 2007.