Minor Programme

European Public Administration / Spring

In Europe, virtually all issue-areas in national societies have a European dimension (e.g. the newspapers). To mention a few examples, countries such as the Netherlands and Germany are unable to take autonomous decisions about security, trade, agriculture, and technological policies. The European Union in particular has a say in so many developments that national societies of the member states can no longer be understood from a purely national perspective. Knowledge of the principles of public administration (public management as well as public governance) from a European perspective has become essential. Therefore, social, economic, political and legal knowledge of Europe gives you a head start on the labour market. So it is impossible to ignore ‘Europe’. If you want to know more about the impact of European integration on national societies, this exchange programme is meant for you. In this spring semester exchange programme you can focus on the governance of the European Union (how Europe influences the nation states and the place of Europe in the global world) by choosing the track European Studies or you can focus on new modes of public governance in general (policy- making and planning, the governance of coproduction) by choosing the track Public Administration.

Bachelor final year

Faculty of Behavioural Management

Social Sciences


February 20

80 EC finished


IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 80

To be paid at home institution

The Courses


Europe in crisis? 15 EC (track European Studies)

This course addresses the challenges the European Union faces in the post-crises era, both economically and in terms of institutional capacity. Topics dealt with are: how the 2004 - 2008 crises did arise and their impact, crisis management by EU institutions, the debate om European economic governance. Students can choose between two projects with different themes: 1) Lessons from te Eurozone crisis; exit Maastricht, 2) Beyond austerity: the future of Social Europe.

Policy-making and planning 15 EC (track Public Administration)

Very often large projects (for example in the field of construction, infrastructure , ICT, health, education, social policy, anti-terrorism) take highly unexpected turns, become uncontrollable in terms of cost, and finally appear to lack any legitimacy from citizens, This course explains why this the case, turning to evidence-based models from the fields of law, political science and pubic administration, and what we can learn from these models for real-life projects and their design. In the project, students work on a real-life case of political decision-making and policy implementation in a specific field that is offered for the course.


The European Union and the World 15 EC (track European Studies)

This course addresses the question if the EU is a frontrunner or a fortress. The EU is becoming an active global player, but at the same time is struggling with its openness to the world. Students can choose between two projects: 1) The EU Inside-Out, the project will focus on topics in which the EUs external action is driven an defined by internal constraints, 2) The EU Outside-In, the project will focus in topics in which external developments force the EU to reconsider its openness towards the world.

Street-level governance 15 EC (track Public Administration)

There is a variety of alternatives for the classical professional centred approach to public service delivery, including de-professionalisation, co-production of services and citizen initiatives. In this course we focus on the dynamics of interactions between citizens and professionals in the context of the governance of social problems. In the first part of the courses we will focus on the perspective of professionals, in the second part our focus shifts to citizens. The third part is a project where students will conduct empirical research about the interactions between citizens and professionals and will learn when and how citizens and professionals can successfully cooperate in dealing with important public issues.

How to apply

To apply for an exchange programme, you will have to follow these seven steps:

1. Pre-application phase: 6 - 4 months before arrival

2. Nomination: 6 - 3 months before arrival

3. Application phase: 6 - 3 months before arrival

4. Assessment phase: 4 - 2 months before arrival

5. Acceptance or rejection: 3 - 2 months before arrival

6. Preparation to arrival phase: 3 - 1 month(s) before arrival

7. Upon arrival and during your stay at the UT

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