International Students

The MAEUS program has a diverse student body with students coming from Europe, South America and Asia, in addition to North America.

Why choose the MAEUS program?

  • A leader in European Union Studies
  • Personalized curriculum (e.g., attractive language courses, 4 different tracks, dual degrees, joint degrees)
  • Broader career development (Governments, NGOs, International Business, Law, Education)
  • Attractive internship opportunities
  • Various financial aid opportunities

Admissions

Admissions Requirements
All applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • GRE or other standardized test scores (Institution code: 1836; program code: 00)
  • Original, certified copies of all transcripts (submitted directly to the Center). Applicants are also required to submit electronic version (e.g., scanned PDF) of all transcripts in the online graduate student application system.
  • Resume, listing academic and non-academic training experiences
  • Statement of Purpose showing how the MA degree in European Union Studies fits into his or her educational and career plans (maximum 1500 words). Applicants should describe previous academic work in European Union Studies, and include a personal statement regarding goals for graduate study and a professional career.
  • Writing sample demonstrating capacity to conduct graduate level research, including analytical abilities and superior communication skills

Additionally, International applicants are requested to submit:

However, you are exempt from taking an English proficiency examination if you meet all the criteria of either the first or second situation listed below:

1. You have two years of post-secondary, full-time study:
a. in a country where English is the primary language;
b. at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction;
c. within five years of the date of intended enrollment.

2. You have been awarded an advanced degree:
a. in a country where English is the primary language;
b. at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction;
c. within five years of the date of intended enrollment.

To see if you may qualifty for an exemption, check to see if the country where you attended university appears on the Exempt Countries list. We still recommend that you email us (eucenter@illinois.edu) for confirmation that you are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

Application Deadlines for International Students

For Fall admission: January 1
For Spring admission: July 1

Admission to the program is based on the applicant’s academic record, letters of recommendation, GRE or other standardized test scores, and, if applicable, TOEFL or IELTS scores. Applicants should have completed at least two years of a language spoken in the European Union and hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

Financial Aid

Assistantship
Teaching, research, graduate, and pre-professional graduate assistants receive stipends for services rendered to the University. Most assistantship appointments between 25% and 67%, inclusive, for three-quarters of the academic term provide waivers of either the full tuition or the base-rate tuition, depending on the graduate program of enrollment. Such appointments also carry coverage of several fees, along with dental and vision insurance at no charge. More information is available at the Graduate College website.

Check here for the latest job openings on campus.

Other Resources for International Students

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fee assessments are based on the college and curriculum of enrollment, and the amount of credit for which the student registers. Amounts are adjusted on a yearly basis.

In addition to tuition, certain courses carry a fee to cover instructional costs. These fees may apply to computer equipment and usage, laboratory equipment and supplies, musical instruments for practice, and similar instruction costs. Complete information about tuition and fees assessment, current fee structures, and which services are supported by specific fees can be found at the Office of the Registrar’s website.

English Placement Test

Some students will be required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) upon their arrival on campus. Based on a student’s EPT scores, he or she may be required to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. International students will receive detailed information about the EPT in their admission letter. Please click here for further information.