Top Schools for European Studies

Read about some of the best European studies programs in the country. Find information about the programs offered by four well-known institutions, as well as a list of other schools around the country that offer European studies.

European studies programs cover a wide range of topics related to European cultures. Undergraduate and graduate programs are available from top colleges and universities.

School Overviews

Profiled below are four notable institutions for European studies, each of which earned a high ranking from U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Unique to individual programs are grants and opportunities to study abroad. At the University of North Carolina, students may also have the chance to pursue a distance learning program.

Brandeis University in Waltham, MA

School Highlight: Brandeis focuses on the study of Germany and its culture.

Brandeis University is a private college that U.S. News & World Report ranked 34th among national universities for 2017. Graduate students interested in European studies can enroll in courses offered by the Brandeis Center for German and European Studies (CGES). Several awards and grants are offered to students in this program, especially those who travel abroad. Possibilities include the CGES Travel Award or the Max Kade Travel Grant. Undergraduates can major in European cultural studies through Brandeis' College of Arts and Sciences.

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

School Highlight: Johns Hopkins runs the School for Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center.

Johns Hopkins University is a highly-ranked private college, having placed 10th in U.S. News & World Report's national university rankings for 2017. Graduate students interested in European studies can enroll in courses in the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), which offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in European Studies with specific concentrations. Most students complete their first year of studies at the school's center in Bologna, Italy. A concentration in international economics is required, as well as completion of three comprehensive exams on modern European history and ideas, Pan-European political economics, and Europe and the world. Examples of graduate courses in this school include Europe and Islam, the Balkan Conflicts, French politics and various seminars.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Highlight: UNC is home to the UNC Center for European Studies.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill placed 30th on U.S. News & World Report's rankings of national universities for 2017, making it the fifth-highest public institution on the list. The university's Center for European Studies offers degrees to both undergraduate and graduate students, including a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Contemporary European Studies and an M.A. in Transatlantic European Studies, also known as the TransAtlantic Masters Program (TAM). The TAM is overseen by the European American Universities Consortium, a group of six European universities. Distance learning options in European studies are also offered.

Amherst College in Amherst, MA

School Highlight: The school offers several Greek-related courses.

Amherst College offers a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies. In this program, students explore Europe through the lens of many different subjects, including literature, history, philosophy, economics, politics and the arts. Prior to graduation, all students must demonstrate proficiency in a European language other than English, spend at least one semester abroad in a European country and complete a senior project in an area of interest. There is also an honors thesis option. For 2017, Amherst was ranked #2 among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Top European Studies Schools

Here are few more institutions with strong European Studies programs:

  • Scripps College in Claremont, CA was ranked #23 among national liberal arts colleges for 2017, making it the third-highest ranked women's college.
  • The University of California - Irvine offers study abroad programs in Europe.
  • At the University of Vermont in Burlington, the Global and Regional Studies Department offers five majors and nine minors.
  • Vanderbilt University in Nashville is home to The Max Kade Center for European Studies.

The best European studies programs in the country are offered at highly ranked colleges and universities, which offer wide-ranging coursework and study abroad opportunities.

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