B.A. Integrierte Europa-Studien

Universität Bremen

Integrated European Studies (IES)


The degree programme Integrated European Studies lasts six terms and is offered by the seminar for East and Central European Studies along with the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies (CEuS). It conveys fundamental socioscientific, historic and cultural-scientific qualifications with country-specific knowledge and decision-making responsibility. It is based on the European integration process in Eastern, Central and Western Europe and includes the core themes Russia, Poland and Western Europe. For the first two core themes knowledge of the Russian or Polish language is necessary, for all core themes a good command of English is obligatory.


The overcoming of the Cold War, the ending to the continents separation because of the eastern enlargement of the European Union and the efforts to realize a European unification in an ever extending Europe require an increase of scientifically skilled experts on the European subject. Therefore, students of IES deepen their knowledge of Europe’s transformation in the 20th and 21th century as well as the functionality of the European Union. A merging Europe is a complicated process, creating the need for transnational east-west communication along with intercultural, dialogical skills. Because of that, language training is of great importance while developing a cultural-historical and socio-scientific qualifications profile.

Bremen’s historical ties with Eastern Europe, its cosmopolitan environment and its numerous scientific facilities make the Hanseatic City of Bremen a good place for this new degree programme. Students from different countries are more than welcome to acquire the competences for Europe’s social and politico-cultural reform.

The University of Bremen offers its IES students the ideal conditions for their research right on the spot because of the association of scientists and professors coming from several institutions: The Seminar for Eastern and Central European Studies and the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies (CEuS). Additionally, there is the Research Centre for Eastern Europe (Forschungsstelle Osteuropa, FOE) which provides a big specialised library and its Samizdat archive as well as further combined facilities in the Bremian Europe-Centre (e.g. ZERP: Zentrum für Europäische Rechtspolitik), whose personnel is participating in the teachings of the B.A. IES. More on the staff can be found here…

“B.A. Integrated European Studies’’ is a major degree programme with a prescribed 6 terms for the completion of the course (180 ECTS) and was accredited by ACQUIN. More on the evaluation…

Description of Content

The multidisciplinary Bachelor’s degree programme  “Integrated European Studies” focuses on the historical and cultural conditions, the political and social driving forces as well as on the economical and legal mechanisms of Europe’s transformations. These are being analysed in its past and present forms  and are being compared to the processes of Europe’s regional integration. Therefore, the degree programme conveys scientific knowledge of selected European regions in connection with problem-oriented, subject-oriented and methodical competences in social and cultural studies.

The main focus of Bremen’s degree programme “B.A.-Integrated European Studies” lies on Eastern Europe’s transformation processes as well as on the challenges in regard to the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union. In the course of this western Europe, Poland and Russia are assigned a central role.

After an introduction to the participating disciplines of political science, social studies and cultural history, the training scheme provides a specialisation in one of the two following fields of study. The social science field of study focuses on Western Europe while the cultural history field of study concentrates on Eastern and Central Europe. (Under certain circumstances, like existing knowledge of the Polish or Russian language or specific study interests, a different combination can be studied which requires more individual initiative and more extra time). The acquisition of occupational key qualifications (e.g. intercultural communication, moderation and written and oral presentations) is integrated in the studies.

Field of study

Historico-cultural European studies (Eastern and Central Europe)

The subject of the historico-cultural field of study are the cultural changes and plurality, the society and politics, economy and law which shaped Europe’s past and present. In addition to the common chronologic division of historical science, the comparative Eastern and Central European cultural history developed as a separate branch of research and science at the University of Bremen. Its paramount sociocultural theories and methods pursue the analysis of the historical and cultural dimensions of questions concerning Europeanization, eastern enlargement and European identity.

Socio-scientific European studies (Western Europe)

The subject of the socio-scientific field of study are the institutions and structures of state and society varying in country comparison, its basic principles in terms of social theory as well as its changing forms and functions in past and present. In close touch with its neighbouring disciplines- namely history, law, economy and philosophy- sociology and political science convey important techniques of empirical social research, methods for problems analysis and problem solving strategies, which are necessary for the research on the European integration process.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements for Integrated European Studies are an enthusiastic attitude towards Europe and a political and cultural interest not only for Western Europe, but especially for the Eastern- and Central European region which is playing a prominent role in the studies.  A good command of English is obligatory. When choosing Russia or Poland as the major field of study, basic knowledge of the Russian or Polish language are required for the commencement of the studies. Missing knowledge of these languages can be aquired during preparatory courses. More on the application here…

Structure of studies

The schedular curriculum and the examination rules can be found here.

  • The first academic year provides an introduction into the fundamentals of European studies, the second and third year provide a deepening and specialization. During the first year the students learn the basics of the subdisciplines political sciences, sociology and cultural history as well as methodical and theoretical fundamentals of the interdisciplinary European studies, the European Integration and contemporary history.
  • The second year aims at deepening and consolidating either the historico-cultural or the social scientific component of European studies. In the area-modules regional focal points are deepened, the practice modules link theory and occupational area while creating first ideas for the B.A. Thesis.
    Available areas of practice:
    • EU-Politics and Policy-Making
    • European Memorial Sights/ Archives
    • European Public Sphere and Communication
  • In the third year a stay abroad takes place (during the 5th semester), during which the student is supposed to deepen his major field of study and to prepare his B.A. Thesis. In the subsequent practice modules the B.A. Thesis will be supervised contentwise.

Practical relevance and internationalism

In accordance to the major field of study, a self-organized, eight-week internship with an European oriented occupational area  has to be absolved during the studies (e.g. in public administration, in parties, organizations, associations, educational establishments, media, commercial enterprises, cultural institutions, foundations). More on the internship can be found here…

An integral part of the studies is the language formation in (Eastern) European foreign languages. Languages of instruction are German and English. When having selected Russia or Poland as the major field of study, courses are offered in Russian respectively Polish during the second and third academic year. The study of languages in the historico-cultural field of study (Eastern/ Central Europe) prepares the student for his stay abroad in Poland or Russia and is completed with a certificate examination after the return from the semester abroad. Having chosen the historico-cultural major field of study and the regions Poland and Russia, the language formation in the national language as well as spending the semester abroad at a Polish or Russian partner university are obligatory. It is possible to learn or to deepen other languages which can be credited in the General Studies  section. More on the IES- semester abroad can be found here…

Postgraduate school programme and professional fields of activity

The degree programme qualifies the student to continue his studies with a consecutive Master’s degree programme in the area of European studies as well as –depending on the major field of study- in the core disciplines political sciences, sociology, cultural history, Slavonic studies, Eastern European studies. The following discovery-led consecutive Master’s degrees are available at the universities of the State of Bremen:

Further possibilities about Master programmes at the University of Bremen can be found on the following site www.master.uni-bremen.de.

Information about possible consecutive Master’s degrees can be found in the flyer ’’IES- und dann?’’ (pdf) as well as on our news-site.

The first degree ’’Integrated European studies’’ qualifies its students for the professional world and prepares them for a broad employment market, which ranges from political institutions with an European reference to cultural institutions. Job prospects for graduates with a historico-cultural and social scientific profile include occupations as analysts, consultants and publicity specialists in organizations, ministries, EU-agencies and the business world as well as advisers in international management in the European area. Graduates with a historico-cultural profile and a Eastern/ Central European major field of study are particularly able to work in the areas of cultural management, cultural exchange, journalism, tourism, NGO’s and the business and policy areas related to the European culture. Further possible fields of activity include archives, foundations and translation agencies.

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