University of Bonn, European Studies - Governance and Regulation

The University of Bonn was founded almost 200 years ago and is one of Germany's, and Europe's, most important institutes of higher education.  Currently more than 38,000 students (thereof 5,000 international students from 143 countries) are enrolled in one of its 200 study programs. The University has approximately 6,400 staff members, including 555 professors. Excellence in research has been established at the University of Bonn through the strategic recruitment of exceptional scientists in the last decades. As a consequence, the University of Bonn belongs to Germany’s leading universities.

The Master of European Studies - Governance and Regulation is a one-year postgraduate program, offered by the University of Bonn at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI).

ZEI’s research and teaching emphasis on “Governance and Regulation in the EU” brings together two aspects whose critical interplay shapes the European Union, its impact on citizens’ lives and its role globally. Interdisciplinary perspectives on the important relationship between governance and regulation offer greater insight and clarity into the increasingly complex process of European integration.

Location: Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI), University of Bonn, Germany

Single/Double Diploma: Single

Language: English

Number of Places/Students per year: Up to 32

Duration: 1 year(full-time)

Price/Fee:  6.500 EUR

Scholarships: The prospect candidates can apply for one of the following scholarships:

Accommodation: ZEI can organize rooms in student dorms for the participants of the Master program. You can find more information (in German) here.

Application Process:

  1. Deadline: March,15:

After March 15th applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

  • by mid-May: Candidates will be notified about the decision of ZEI’s admission’s board via post or email. Candidates who have been selected for the waiting list will still have the chance to be selected and invited for a place in ZEI's Master program during summer, if candidates who have been selected in the first selection round withdraw their applications.
  • by end-July: Closure of the selection procedure and final notification.
  1. Necessary Documents
  • Application form
  • Curriculum Vitae (please use the Europass CV)
  •  Statement of motivation, answering the following questions (1 page): * Why are you applying? * What are your career goals? * What are your qualifications? * Why did you choose ZEI’s MES program? * What do you expect from the program?
  •  Copy of graduate certificate and academic transcript.
  •  Certification of fluency in English.
  •  Reference from employer or internship confirmation
  • Copy of your passport

Program Structure:

Courses ( 60 ECTS)

  • Compulsory:
  • First Semester

    • Basic Modules: Governance in the EU: Historic evolution and political system
    • Specialized Modules: Multi-level decision-making in the EU-between national and EU interests, The European Single Market, Governance and regulatory issues of the EU’s external relations.
  • Second Semester

    • Basic Modules: EU competition law and the EU law of sector-specific regulation, EU fiscal federalism, Agenda setting, decision-making and implementation
    • Specialized Modules, Sector-specific regulation in electronic communications and logistics, Sector-specific regulation in energy and water
  • Extra: Career focused training, Intercultural training
  • Thesis: Yes, the candidates shall write a thesis in order to graduate the program.
  • Internship: No, there is not a mandatory requirement to complete a traineeship/internship, but it is strongly recommended for the prospect candidates to take it into consideration.


LLM Contact :

Liska Wittenberg

Academic Coordinator

phone: +49 (0)228-73 4929

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Ralf Meyer

Program Coordinator

phone: +49 (0)228-73 1886

fax: +49 (0)228-73 1793

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Center for European Integration Studies

Genscherallee 3

(formerly Walter-Flex-Strasse 3.)

53113 Bonn, Germany


 By Madalina Enea

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