European and European Union Studies


Certificate in Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Graduate Diploma in Arts
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (in European Studies)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (in European Union Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (in European Union Studies)
Doctor of Philosophy (in European Studies)

Bachelor of Commerce (minor only)

NCRE Europe Day 2015

Talk with Rosemary Banks (NZ Ambassador to France), Florence Jeanblanc-Risler (French Ambassador to NZ), Michalis Rokas (EU's charge d'affaires in NZ) as part of a National Centre for Research on Europe event. © Restricted/University of Canterbury


Studying Europe from afar provides a number of advantages – of perspective, comparative analysis and of isolation from short-term trends. Europe provides an important cultural and linguistic reference point to New Zealand in an increasingly global community. The European Union (EU) is New Zealand's most significant bilateral partner after Australia and China, and is one of the world's leading political and trading blocs, with 28 member states and 500 million people.

European and European Union Studies aims to offer a broad-based, inter-disciplinary programme that embraces the studies of the institutional, legal, political, economic and social aspects of the integration process of the EU as well as the languages and cultures of Europe. The programme encourages the study of European languages within this framework.

Why study European and European Union Studies at UC?

UC offers two main areas of study under this major, which you can pursue throughout your three years of study.

  • EU studies: if you want to know about modern-day Europe, this track gives you insight into the political, economic and social integration of modern Europe, the EU as a major global actor and its international relations. Within this track you can learn how New Zealand currently interacts with the EU, including legal and economic relations.
  • Cultures and languages of Europe: if you are interested in learning about the diverse languages and cultures of Europe, there are a number of courses where you can explore Europe’s varied histories, traditions, narratives and cultures, the importance of Europe for New Zealand and the lessons we can learn from different cultures and languages living in a global environment.

National Centre for Research on Europe

A number of courses within the programme are taught by members of the UC-based National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE). The Centre is New Zealand's only research centre devoted to the study of Europe and the EU. It fosters research on the EU that is regionally relevant. The Centre attracts visiting academics from all over the world and is an important national destination for those wishing to further their study in the area or utilise specialist study resources at UC.

UC students have a number of exchange options with European institutions.

There are no entry requirements for those entering 100-level courses on European and European Union Studies. It is a broad degree inviting students to explore political, social and economic structures of modern-day Europe and the European Union and their relations to European languages and cultures. Students who enjoyed studying history, geography, social studies, languages and English may find this major a very attractive option.


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100-level courses

Students intending to major in European and European Union Studies are required to take EURA101; EURA201/EURA301; and EURA210/EURA310. Students intending to minor in European and European Union Studies are required to take EURA101.

Students may credit up to 60 points of a European language towards their EURA major. It is strongly recommended that students undertake course(s) in European languages (eg, German, French, Russian, Spanish) as part of this major. 

200-level and beyond

At 200 and 300-level, courses cover topics relating to European identity, European culture and languages, EU integration, future enlargement of the EU, European economic development, business, finance and law, the EU and the wider world, and the history of Soviet domination in Eastern Europe, foreign policy and diplomacy.

Career opportunities

A qualification in European and European Union Studies provides students with increasingly relevant and expanding employment opportunities. Graduates with knowledge of Europe are well placed to work in foreign affairs, international trade and development, government service, the business sector, tourism, law, non-government and not-for-profit organisations and in private multinational companies such as Fonterra where European interests are significant.

Among our alumni are diplomats working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, government departments, practitioners at a number of non-governmental organisations dealing with international issues, journalists and teachers.

Our alumni are also employed by a number of international bodies (eg, Antarctica Secretariat, other countries’ embassies), and by a number of leading universities in Europe, New Zealand and around the world.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in European and European Union Studies.

More information

Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies

Phone +64 3 364 2176

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Postal address
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