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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

The European Studies major focuses on the societies, politics and cultures of Europe. Our units study present-day Europe, its problems and successes, its diversity, its conflicts and its achievements, and its relationship to the world, as well as some of the historical background to present-day issues. We look at both the European Union'the world's most advanced supranational federation of states and its most progressive superpower'and the wider European continent of which it is part. The major draws on the expertise of specialists in French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish, Arabic, and Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies and Political Economy.

You can take European Studies as a major or minor, or you can simply enrol in one of our elective or Open Learning Environment units. You do not need to speak a European language to enrol in European Studies as all classes are conducted in English and use English language texts. However, we encourage you to complement your European Studies by gaining competence in a European language through completing a second major or minor in a European language.

You can also complete a period of exchange study at one of the many University of Sydney partner universities in Europe. In addition, through our senior project-based units, including our Internships for Credit program, you will develop professional and problem-solving skills relating to contemporary issues in Europe.

For further specialisation, you can complete a fourth year in European Studies, either as an honours student, working on an individual research project, or specialising in project-based fourth year units that will further enhance your professional skills.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

This major is offered by the Department of European Studies.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Communications officer
  • Cultural adviser
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs officer
  • Foreign correspondent
  • International business
  • Journalist
  • Policy analyst
  • Political advisor
  • Development officer
  • Teacher (with further study)
  • Travel and tourism consultant
Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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