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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in European and European Union Studies

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


The Bachelor of Arts is a highly flexible degree that allows a wide range of choices from major and minor subjects or specialisation pathways, as well as courses from other degrees.

European and European Union Studies: Study the EU as well as the languages and cultures of Europe.

Overview: With 27 member states and 500 million people, the European Union (EU) is Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant bilateral partner after Australia and China and is one of the world’s leading political and trading blocs. Europe provides an important reference point to Aotearoa and the global community in cultural, linguistic, and political aspects. Your study will look into current events as well as history, language, and culture that have shaped Europe and the European Union.

What will my study involve:

There are two main areas of study to choose courses from: EU studies on modern-day Europe, and cultures and languages of Europe. Choose from a broad range of topics including political, economic, and social integration of modern-day and historical Europe. Get taught by members of the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), Aotearoa New Zealand’s only research centre devoted to study of Europe and the EU. Opportunity to complete an international or virtual exchange with UC’s European partner universities.

Career Opportunities:Studying European and European Union Studies will open up a wide range of careers in Aotearoa and abroad. Your skills and knowledge provide you with a unique perspective on Europe and the EU in various industries, from politics to education to humanities. Career pathways could include: international trade consultancy foreign affairs communications policy analysis.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not My Best scores.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.
  • CAE or CPE: Minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade.
  • Language Cert: B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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