The English-taught multidisciplinary minor’s programme in European Governance brings together insights from the fields of economics, law, public administration and organizational science in order to introduce students to the multi-faceted nature of contemporary governance issues within the European Union. Whether they have to concern themselves with the labour market, public safety, food safety, public service provision or conflicts between EU states resulting from EU decisions, decision makers at both public and private organizations need to understand in what way this European dimension is relevant to their own functioning and the functioning of the institutions in their environment.

An increasing number of the social issues European societies have to deal with required insights from a combination of disciplines. The process of European integration nor the relations between the local, national and European levels can fully be understood without a basic knowledge of the economics of European integration, of European law and of the policy-making and policy-implementation processes within an EU context. The ability to combine insights from different disciplines is imperative for analyzing and understanding the context within which government agencies at both local and national levels try to solve social problems and provide services. European companies are exploring new opportunities as a result of a better access to a growing market; at the same time, they are facing a fiercer competition.   

The minor’s programme in European Governance consists of four courses, which you can choose out of five. Three courses have a disciplinary character: Introduction to the Economics of European Integration, European Governance and the Netherlands, and Foundations of European Law. The other two courses are interdisciplinary in nature: European Integration, and Critical Junctures in EU Institutions: applying a multidisciplinary Perspective. These two courses integrate insights from respectively public administration, law and economics and use these to analyse the development of and changes affecting EU-institutions and policies.

The programme includes lectures, seminars, individual and/or group assignments (e.g. presentations, case analyses) and debate. Students are expected to follow the news on EU-issues and to be able to apply their (academic) knowledge to topical affairs.

Study programme

The minor’s programme in European Governance consists of four subsequent courses. There is no fixed order in which the courses have to be taken*.

The following two courses are compulsory for all students:

Out of the following three courses, you need to follow at least two:

* Note: For Critical Junctures in EU Institutions: applying a multidisciplinary perspective (USG4270) it is necessary to have successfully completed either European Governance, European Integration, or Foundations of European Union Law, or courses with similar content followed at other universities, before entering the course.

Application periods

Semester 1
(4 september 2017 - 2 february 2018)
Application: 29 may - 25 june 2017 (period 1 and 2)
Alterations and additions: 21 and 22 august 2017 (period 1) and 30 and 31 october 2017 (period 2)
Semester 2
(5 february 2018 - 6 july 2018)
Application: 30 october - 26 november 2017 (period 3 and 4)
Alterations and additions: 22 and 23 january 2018 (period 3) and 3 and 4 april 2018 (period 4)

Application UU students

Students of Utrecht University

All students of Utrecht University can apply for this minor’s programme using the application form.

This form is only available during application periods. The studentdesk will take care of the actual registration.

Application Erasmus Exchange students

Erasmus Exchange students will have to indicate their interest in  the minor’s programme on European Governance on their  learning agreement. More information is available from the International Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

Additional Information

More information about the Programme? Contact the studentdesks of Utrecht University's School of Law, School of Economics and School of Governance.

More information about your application? Contact Hetty Faber via:

telephone: (0031) (0)30-253 8101