Best European Studies Programs: List of Top Schools

Learn about the two top schools that offer European studies degree programs. Get school rankings, degree options and location info, and compare programs to make an informed education decision.

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Programs in European studies take a broad look at the geography, history, culture, literature, art, politics and economy of Europe. These programs can usually be found at the bachelor's degree level.

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The best bachelor's degree programs in European studies are generally found at liberal arts colleges that have been highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report and offer European language and study abroad options. Some also have federally supported European research centers that offer research and learning opportunities for undergraduates and graduates alike.

Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts

School Highlight: Students spend at least one semester their junior year taking classes in Europe.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Amherst College second among national liberal arts schools in 2017. The school's Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in European Studies is an interdisciplinary program with coursework in the social sciences and humanities. A research project is required of all majors, and classes cover the Bible as literature, immigration in Europe, traumatic events, Greek drama and Nazi Germany. Students must be proficient in a European language.

Brandeis University in Waltham, MA

School Highlight: The school's Center for German and European Studies offers competitive travel grants for students who want to study in Germany and Europe.

The bachelor's degree program in European cultural studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA is an interdepartmental program. All majors study English and literature in translation, but they must also choose a focus in one or more complementary topics, such as fine arts, history, music, philosophy, politics, sociology or theater arts. Although study abroad in Europe is not required, it is common.

Top European Studies Programs

There are other schools around the country that offer great educational opportunities for students who are interested in European studies.

  • At George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian studies sponsors a European politics event series that students can attend.
  • New York University in New York City has eight research institutes that are focused on specific European countries.
  • At Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, European studies is offered as a specialization option within the bachelor's degree in international studies.
  • European studies majors at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, are required to study abroad in a European country.
  • The European Union Center for Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin offers three undergraduate students the chance to take a week-long study trip to Brussels.
  • Based on the 2017 rankings of U.S. News and World Report, the University of California at Los Angeles is tied for the second best public university in the country.
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers the TransAtlantic Master's program, which enables graduate students to divide their time studying European/U.S. relations between UNC and a European university.

Some of the best colleges and universities in the United States provide programs in European studies. This training can be augmented by on-campus research institutes that provide funding and enrichment opportunities for students in the field.

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