Application and Admission Process

How to Apply

Please refer to the Graduate College website for application instructions. For any questions regarding the MAEUS degree program, please refer to our FAQ page or contact the center directly. Applicants to the MAEUS program are encouraged also to apply for the EU Center’s Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships (note: eligibility for FLAS is restricted to US citizens and permanent residents only). Minimum admission requirements and necessary application materials are listed below.

Minimum Admission Requirements for MAEUS (Students interested in the 5-Year BA/MA should contact Lucas Henry for more info on application and admission,

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education

Application Materials


All applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. The Graduate College’s online graduate student application.
  2. A resume listing academic and non-academic training experiences.
  3. A statement of purpose showing how the MA degree in European Union Studies fits into your educational and career plans (maximum 1000 words). Applicants should describe previous academic work in EuropeanStudies or EuropeanUnion Studies if applicable, and include a personal statement regarding goals for graduate study and a professional career.
  4. A writing sample (12-20 pages in length) that demonstrates capacity to conduct graduate level research, which includes analytical abilities and superior communication skills.
  5. A personal statement (500 words) that demonstrates the applicant’s commitment to diversity in a university setting.
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  7. Welcome, but not required: Test scores from at least one standardized test for graduate or professional school entry. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is normally preferred, but the EU Center will accept results from the GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT (Institution Code: 1836,Program Code: 00). Potential applicants with questions are encouraged to contact EUC Academic Coordinator Lucas Henry (
  8. Transcripts: For the Graduate College’s online application, unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Once admitted, original certified copies of all transcripts must be submitted directly to the EU Center:


European Union Center

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

328 International Studies Building, MC-429

910 S. Fifth Street

Champaign, IL 61820

Applicants are also required to submit electronic versions (e.g. scanned PDF) of all transcripts in the online graduate student application system.

International applicants must also submit:

  1. TOEFL or IELTS scores (Institution Code: 1836; Program Code: 00). For international applicants whose native language is not English, the minimum paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is a 550 (213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the iBT)
  2. International applicants must also submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances Form to demonstrate sufficient financial support for the duration of the program.

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 qualify 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 ( for confirmation that you are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

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The EUC accepts domestic applications (US citizens and permanent residents) from the MAEUS program on a rolling basis, and students ordinarily begin study in the fall term. However, students may begin their studies in the spring (January) or summer (June) if approved by EUC staff. Prospective students who wish to pursue funding opportunities should apply by the priority admission deadlines listed below.

International Students: The Graduate College urges international applicants to submit their application for admission ten months prior to their intended semester of entry. Please see the Graduate College admission information for international students here, and see EUC deadlines below.

For Spring 2021 Priority Admission

  • International Students – July 1, 2020
  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents – September 1, 2020

For Summer 2021 Priority Admission

  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents – January 15, 2021

For Fall 2021 Priority Admission

  • International Students – January 1, 2021
  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents – January 15, 2021