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Graduate Diploma in European Studies

Interested in studying or conducting research in Europe? The Graduate Diploma in European Studies is taken in conjunction with a Master’s or Doctoral degree program at York University. The Graduate Diploma certifies that, in addition to having completed an advanced degree in a related discipline, a student has acquired special expertise about Europe.

The Graduate Diploma in European Studies provides opportunities and assistance to students who wish to:

  • Develop expertise in the interdisciplinary field of European Studies;
  • Exchange ideas with students and professors in the humanities, social sciences, and professional faculties;
  • Receive mentoring in academic research and professional skills from leading scholars;
  • Obtain hands–on experience through study, research or internships in Europe;
  • Present their work at national and international conferences and research colloquia;
  • Apply for internal and external funding.
  1. Language Competence
    By graduation, students must demonstrate competency in a European language (other than English) at a level appropriate to and relevant for their area of study.
  2. Course Work
    Complete a minimum of 3.0 credits from an approved list of courses. In exceptional circumstances, other courses may be approved by the Diploma Coordinator.
  3. Study Abroad
    Students are required to complete a period of research and/or study, or an internship of at least six weeks (MA students) or 12 weeks (Ph.D. students) in Europe. The Diploma Program is committed to assisting students in applying for third-party funding; in addition, some financial support may be available for eligible students.
  4. Events
    Attend a minimum of two European-focused guest lectures, seminars, or presentations in each year of their degree. Generally, this will mean at least 2 or 4 seminars for MA students (depending on degree length) and 8 or more for PhD students.
  5. Thesis Or Research Paper / Dissertation
    Students must write a major research paper (MRP), thesis or dissertation on a topic relevant to European studies and approved by the Coordinator of the Diploma Program. This paper normally serves as the major research paper, thesis or dissertation used to fulfill the requirement of the Master’s or Doctoral program in which the student is registered. If the degree program is a coursework program, students may satisfy this requirement by completing two research papers of at least 15 pages each and with a focus on topics relevant to European Studies, in courses with grades that satisfy Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) requirements.

Each year, we provide financial support to students pursuing the Graduate Diploma in European Studies. Scholarships and bursaries are also available to help students study a European language, conduct preliminary research in Europe, and attend a workshop or conference.

If you wish to apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma European Studies, please contact the Graduate Diploma Coordinator. Eligible candidates will be invited to meet with the Coordinator to discuss how the Graduate Diploma could best fit individual students’ programs. Enrolment is possible at any time.
For more information, please contact:
Micha Fiedlschuster (DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Politics), at

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