What role can Europe play in the world? How will Europe's past shape its future? Answers to such questions will be forged by you and others in a new generation of leaders with a new kind of interdisciplinary, Europeanist education and training. The Master's Programme in Euroculture gives you the tools needed to understand and influence Europe's ongoing integration process.
Why this programme?
The Master's Programme in Euroculture provides great opportunities for you who are interested in understanding and helping to shape the future of European integration. The programme is recognised by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Programme of Excellence. Euroculture is for students who realise that Europe's future will be moulded not only by economics and politics, but also through struggles over identities, values, and heritage - in a word, culture.
You will focus on the study of modern European society, politics and culture in a global context. We work in particular with questions of cultural identities and social values that play such a vital role in today's debates about Europe and its place in the world. Our interdisciplinary approach combines coursework in at least two countries. We will prepare you to make a difference in fields like diplomacy, international business, journalism, cultural management, and the European institutions.
Courses are conducted in English, with students from across Europe and around the world. Euroculture stands out from traditional European Studies programmes in several ways.
Depth of perspective: Our interdisciplinary courses offer you a broad and deep training, exploring modern European society through history, political science, law, and religious studies. We train Europeanists with the skills to see below the surface of contemporary issues.
Theory and practice: Our practical training courses, called Eurocompetence modules, equip you with communicative and managerial skills. These courses will challenge you to use your theoretical and academic knowledge in a practical setting, developing the intercultural skills needed for work in transnational networks.
Flexibility: You can tailor the programme to prepare yourself for further study and an academic career or for other important fields of work in Europe-related areas.
Student profile The programme welcomes students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, and you will find those with an interest in museums, cultural centres and arts festivals studying alongside those more focused on politics and social issues. Some will see the programme as a springboard to further study or research, others to a career outside academia. All, however, are united in their passion for Europe and its position in a global context - past, present and future.
Students should have an academic Bachelor's degree in a discipline of relevance to Euroculture - that is, a degree in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences. For example: European Studies, History, International Relations, Cultural Studies, Literature, Sociology, Political Sciences, Anthropology, Philosophy, Communication and Media Studies, International/European Law or Theology. Candidates who took more applied studies such as languages are also welcome but must be able to show - like everyone else - good academic writing and research skills.
Name: Rebecca (Becky) Emrick From: United States of America - California
How did you choose your programme?
I chose the Euroculture program because although I focused on European Studies throughout my Bachelor’s degree, I was always intrigued by European culture and I wanted to pursue further studies on it. So when I found this program, I knew that I had to do it! Additionally, as an American, I knew that I wanted to study European Culture in Europe because that would enrich my overall experience and understanding of European culture. Finally, the Euroculture program was the most intriguing because of the opportunity to live in various European countries and cities. I chose Uppsala University to be my home university in the program, because I knew that English was widely spoken, and also because I loved Swedish culture but still didn’t know so much about it so I wanted to be able to experience it for myself.
What was it like to be an international student?
Being an international student was amazing at Uppsala University! The community of international and Swedish students were so nice and open. Plus I always felt like something or some event was going on, so it was really easy to meet new people.
Do you remember your first impression of Uppsala? Please tell!
When I first came to Uppsala I couldn’t believe how beautiful and charming the city was. I moved to Uppsala in the middle of August, so even though it was the end of summer I feel like I was still able to really enjoy the city and all it had to offer. Additionally, even though my first impression of Uppsala was that it was on the smaller side, I feel like there was always something to do, see, or experience. Uppsala is definitely a small but dynamic city!
Describe what a normal day is like for you?
A normal day when I had classes was to go to class in the morning, and after classes my friends and I would go to one of our study spots to work. After studying until the afternoon, my friends and I would normally go and have fika all together. Depending on our workload, we would either get back to studying or go home. Once we were back home, we would either cook together or have a beer to round off the day.
Describe the student life!
My student life experience at UU was probably the most fun I’ve had in college. From all the gasks, events, traditions, and great people I met and kept in contact with, all of my memories of UU are really fond. However, I can say without a doubt all the friends I made and have kept in contact with were the highlight of my UU student life experience.
What is your favourite place in Uppsala?
It's hard to choose just one! But I'd have to say that my favourite place in Uppsala was the river in the city centre. Whether it was summer or the middle of winter, it was always really beautiful and serene to walk by.
Where is the best place to study?
It’s hard to choose just one spot that I liked to study in! I feel like a lot of where I could work depended on my mood and the day. However, I think I spent the most time in the Leoparden cafe. It has such a cosy vibe, and I was (almost) always focused on my work when my friends and I would go there to study. I also loved that depending on the time of year, they would have various exhibitions going on. Plus they definitely had the best snacks! That being said, I also liked studying in the libraries, student nations, as well as at my friends' apartments.
This two-year programme is spread over four semesters worth 30 credits each. It comprises theoretical courses as well as practical modules such as an internship and "Eurocompetence", which is taught over several semesters (in semesters one, two and four) and covers academic writing, career issues, creating projects, teamwork and project/research applications. A high degree of mobility is possible, with students having the chance to study up to three semesters abroad.
Within the programme two tracks can be distinguished: a professional track, based around a substantial internship experience at suitable organisations or a research-oriented track preparing for the PhD level (third cycle) study. The latter can be followed at a Euroculture university in Europe or - subject to the number of places available - India, Japan, Mexico or the USA.
In the first semester you take core courses in Uppsala offering historical, religious, political and legal perspectives on Europe. In the second semester you take a specialisation at one of our European partners: Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), Krakow (Poland), Groningen (the Netherlands), Göttingen (Germany), Olomouc (Czech Republic), Strasbourg (France) and Udine (Italy). See information about the partner universities.
During the summer following the second semester all students in the Euroculture network will meet for the week-long "Intensive Programme" (IP). The week includes seminars, discussions, and the presentation of an original research paper to be completed before the IP begins. The IP also includes workshops, public lectures, and group work in an international setting.
In the third semester you can take an internship or follow more research-orientated studies at a Euroculture university in or possibly outside Europe.
In the fourth semester you focus on the Master's thesis. The course Eurocompetence III consists of preparing and writing a research application or professional project application (depending on the track chosen in the third semester). The fourth semester is studied either in Uppsala or at your second-semester university.
Semester 1 Historical and Religious Perspectives, 13 credits Legal and Political Perspective, 12 credits Eurocompetence I (including academic writing and career issues), 5 credits
Semester 2 A research seminar reflecting the specialties of that university, 10 credits - see here for information on the specialisations A methodology seminar including preparation for the network's joint "Intensive Programme" in June, 10 credits Eurocompetence II (group project work), 5 credits Intensive Programme, 5 credits (see below)
Semester 3 Master's Thesis Stage 1, 5 credits Research Track, 25 credits or Internship, 25 credits
This is a campus-based, full-time programme, which means around 30-40 hours of study per week. It is not possible to study this programme part-time or as distance learning. You must study at least one semester at another partner university outside Sweden.
Swedish academic culture is fairly informal. This means that university lecturers are considered as more like partners in students' educational and learning processes. Less time is dedicated to traditional classroom lectures and more to personal reading and individual and group tasks. The aim is to give students a balanced workload between taking part in lectures, reading the assigned course materials, critical consideration of the readings, and group discussions, all of which are important parts of the advanced learning experience. Active participation in class discussions and student interaction outside the classroom are encouraged, giving therefore a substantial amount of responsibility to students in their preparations for their future lives as professionals.
Work on the Master's thesis is supervised by two qualified researchers, one from Uppsala University and one from your second-semester university.
The language of instruction is English.
Exchange studies All students spend at least one semester at one of the seven other highly-ranked European universities in the Euroculture consortium. There is also the possibility of study outside Europe.
There is a growing need for professionals able to understand cultural exchanges and conflicts. This is highlighted by the prominent role played by cultural issues in debates on virtually every aspect of European political, social, and economic life, all in the context of the complex economic and cultural processes we call globalisation.
Euroculture will prepare you to answer the demand that exists today for sensitive and well-informed professionals to address these issues in fields such as:
Examples of employers: consultancy firm ECORYS, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Irish Universities Association and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Career support During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.
If you wish to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for this programme, you must apply by 15 January 2022 at the latest. Other applicants: the second application round closes on 1 March 2022, the third on 1 April 2022 and the fourth on 1 May 2022. After 1 May 2022, applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
All students who study the programme (including students from Sweden and other EU or EFTA countries) are required to pay tuition fees to the Euroculture Consortium (see more information on the fees).
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university in a subject relevant for Euroculture (principally humanities and social sciences).
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS or through previous university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 6.0;
TOEFL: paper-based: score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 580; Internet-based: score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 92;
Registration for courses on this programme will be carried out by the Department of Theology.
If you have been conditionally admitted, please send proof to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and in any case by no later than 29 August that you meet the qualification requirements in order to be registered.