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Master of European Studies - Governance and Regulation

Fo over 20 years the Master of European Studies - Governance and Regulation offered international young professionals the knowledge and skills to understand the theoretical and practical workings of the European Union. The full time one-year master was taught in English by an international faculty of renowned academics and EU practitioners. 

The program ended in 2023. This site is a documentation of the work of the last years and will not be updated any longer.

Master of European Studies students in a group

Program and Curriculum

The specialized curriculum includeed 360 hours of basic and specialized modules. The modules were interdisciplinary; examining legal, economic and political science aspects of European integration. 

The program was successfully re-acredited four times and the last German Accreditation Council accreditation ran from 2020-2028. 

Career Development

Career development training provided students with the opportunity to gain practical skills for their future careers.


See the EU in action. The program included excursions to Brussels, Luxembourg and the German capital Berlin. 

Life in Bonn

An international and student friendly city. Here you will find further information about accommodation options. 

Excellence University

The University of Bonn is a German Excellence University and ranks in the top 100 universities internationally.  

Study Europe in Bonn

Let ZEI opened the door to your professional future. The University of Bonn is the top ranked German University for graduates who go on to high level careers in the European Institutions. Here you can find out about the program, what you can expect from your year in Bonn and hear about the experiences of our Alumni. 

Study Europe in Bonn


Hear from Alumni about their experience and how the Master of European Studies helped to prepare them for their future careers and successes. 

Careers and Alumni

Our ZEI Alumni Network is a world-wide network which connects our current, past and future students. Find out which career paths our students have taken and where. 

Hall of Fame

The first group of students began their studies in 1998. Since then we have welcomed students from all over the world to join the ZEI Hall of Fame. 


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Successful graduates


Countries represented by our Alumni

Why the  ZEI Master of European Studies?


International atmosphere

The small class has students from all over Europe and the world. 70% of our students come from outside of Germany. The international atmosphere leads to engaging discussion and intercultural exchange.


One-year program

The one-year full time program begins in October each year with classes until June. This is followed by a three month period to complete the Master thesis. Taught in English, students are not required to have German language skills. 


Practical training

Along with academic theoretical perspectives, the master program focuses on practical skills and insights. This is conveyed through the career development program and through practitioners teaching the modules. 


EU wide faculty

Our faculty of renowned academics and EU practitioners travel to Bonn from all over Europe. They teach their modules in intensive block seminars. Students benefit from a broad range of European perspectives and frames of reference. 



Experience European decision making in real life through our excursions. Excursions to Brussels, Luxembourg and Berlin also offer a chance to network with ZEI Alumni and visit a range of institutions and organizations. 


Bonn, Germany's United Nations City

Bonn is a small modern international city; host to over 24 UN agencies and many international organizations. As the former capital, it is also home to many German federal ministries and agencies. 

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