Apply for your Future – With Us!

Europa-Kolleg_JAN2014-1816You are fascinated by the process of European integration and the way it influences integrative cooperation processes in other regions of the world? You wish to deepen your understanding of European integration and be actively involved in it? You aspire to a career in which well-grounded legal, economic and political science knowledge about European integration is indispensable? You have already completed your first degree preferably in the areas of law, economics or political sciences with an outstanding result? Then you should apply for a place in our Master Programme. You can apply online annually until June 30.

The two-semester Master Programme ‘European and European Legal Studies’ is run by the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Hamburg in cooperation with the Institute for European Integration (at the Foundation Europa-Kolleg Hamburg), an academic institution at the University of Hamburg according to para. 95 of the Hamburg Law on Higher Education. After successfully completing the programme either the academic degree ‘Master of Arts (M.A.)‘ or ‘Master of Laws (LL.M.)‘ will be awarded.

We look back on more than 15 years of successful cooperation between the Europa-Kolleg, which in 2013 celebrated its 60th anniversary, and the University of Hamburg. Over the course of time the contents and outlines of the study courses offered to graduates have always been adapted to new developments and challenges on the European level. Today, many of the more than 650 graduates from over fifty countries are successfully employed in international institutions, national administrations, law firms, and in the private sector.

The programme is structured into modules according to the requirements of the Bologna Process. After positive evaluation and decision of the accreditation commission of the accreditation agency AQAS the programme has been accredited. One of the distinctive features of our programme is that you can also live at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg. This website offers you more information on our Master Programme and information on how to apply for a place.

My colleagues and I are available for personal consultations in order to provide a very individual insight into our Master Programme as well as the opportunities which will open up after a successful year of studies with us. Also you have the chance to get in touch with many of our alumnae and alumni who have agreed to share their personal impressions on studying and living at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg.

Welcome to Hamburg and welcome to our Master Programme 2023/2024!

Professor Dr Markus Kotzur, LL.M. (Duke), Director of Studies


The Master Programme is, in its introductory parts, devoted to the legal, economic and political aspects of European integration. Subsequent elective specialisation classes address the International Relations of the EU and European Business Law. The programme is exclusively taught in English. Study Contents


The Master Programme takes twelve months – from September to August of the following year. It is a full-time course of studies. It is subdivided into ten modules in total. There are eight modules composed of academic lectures, three of which have to be attended during the winter term, whereas a further five lecture modules follow during the summer term. 
After the lectures of the winter term come to an end an academic master thesis is to be written for which a period of four months is provided. The submission of the master thesis is generally scheduled for mid-June.
 A practice module scheduled for the period between the winter and the summer term (February/March) calls for the students to do an internship. Curriculum


Eligible are students with a degree from a German or foreign institution of higher education (university level) with a grade above average, preferably in law, in economics or in political sciences representing 240 credit points (CP) according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Applicants who have been awarded their first degree qualifying for a professional career with a total of 180 CP have to make up for the missing 60 CP by a good performance in additional educational or practical training programmes relating to the fields covered by the Master Programme. Very good English language proficiencies are required. Admission