Illini Union as seen from Foellinger Auditorium patio.

Application Procedures


What is the deadline for applications?

Admission is ordinarily limited to the fall (August) semester, but exceptions are made for spring (January) and summer (June) admission.

For Fall Admission

  • International Students—1 January
  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents—15 January

For Spring Admission

  • International Students—1 July
  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents—1 September

For Summer Admission

  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents—15 January


Who can I contact if I have questions regarding the MAEUS degree program?

Please contact the EU Center’s Visiting Academic Coordinator, Neil Vander Most, by email at vanderm1@illinois.edu or by phone at (217) 330-4386


What GPA is needed for admission into this program?

The average cumulative undergraduate GPA of admitted students is 3.55. Although numerical indicators are important in the admissions review process, the EU Center admissions committee factors in all components of the required application materials while making its decision.


Are there any prerequisites for applicants?

Yes. Applicants should have completed at least two years of a language spoken in the EU and hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.


How should I submit my letters of reference?

Letters of reference should be submitted through the Graduate College’s Web-based electronic application. Three letters are required.


Where do I send my certified copies of all transcripts?

Original, certified copies of all transcripts should be mailed to the EU Center. Applicants are also required to submit electronic versions (e.g. scanned PDF) of all transcripts in the online graduate student application system.


Are there any program specific questions for the application?

Yes. Candidates must write a statement of purpose showing how the MA degree in European Union Studies fits into their educational and career plans. They must also submit a resume listing academic and non-academic training experiences. In addition, candidates must also submit a writing sample that demonstrates capacity to conduct graduate level research, which includes analytical abilities and superior communication skills.


What GRE score is needed for admission?

For all admitted students since 2010, the average GRE percentiles were 70% verbal, 57% quantitative, and 65% analytical. (Institution code: 1836; program code: 00)


Do I need to take a subject test for the GRE?

No. The EUC only considers the general test.


Do international students need to submit anything in addition to the application materials?

Yes. International students must also submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances form to demonstrate sufficient financial support for the duration of the program. In addition, TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted.


What TOEFL score is needed for admission?

The minimum paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is 550 (213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the iBT). Institution code: 1836; program code: 00.



Degree Requirements and Curriculum Options


How long does it take to complete the program?

Most students finish the program in two years, although the center does offer an accelerated one and a half-year option.


What type of areas hire experts in the EU?

Government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international businesses, law, trade groups, not-for-profit associations, education, journalism, and think tanks.


What type of internship opportunities are available?

Many students opt to complete an internship during the summer between the first and second year in the program, although it is possible to arrange for a semester-long internship. The EUC has arranged for exclusive or preferred access to internships with the European Parliament in Brussels, the Illinois International Trade Office for Western Europe in Brussels, the Goethe Institute in Chicago, and the Fulbright Commission in Brussels. In recent years, some MAEUS students have been accepted to intern at the US State Department in Paris and Washington, DC, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg. Additionally, the EUC has previously arranged a Washington D.C. Study Tour for MAEUS students, to assist with professional development and networking opportunities with organizations such as the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Brookings Institute, the Wilson Center, and the State Department Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.


Is it possible to study abroad?

Yes, graduate-level study abroad program exchanges can be arranged.


Do you offer any online courses?

Graduate level online courses are currently being developed. There are a variety of online courses offered through other university departments that can be applied toward the MAEUS degree. The EUC does offer the undergraduate-level online course EU/PS 385 in the summer.