International Programmes 2019/2020

International and European Governance International and European Governance

University of Münster • Münster

Bachelor of Arts in International and European Governance
Master of Arts in International and European Governance
Diplôme de Sciences Po Lille
Course location
In cooperation with
Sciences Po Lille
Teaching language
  • German
  • English
  • French

Courses are held in German and French. English only serves as a third language.

Programme duration
More than 9 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
Course programme begins in September
Application deadline

1 May for the following winter semester
For details on the application process, please see the information at

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Joint degree / double degree programme

Twenty years ago, in 1999, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (IEP Lille) and the Institute of Political Science of the University of Münster agreed to establish this integrated study course. The unique features of the combined Bachelor's and Master's degree in "International and European Governance" are both the Franco-German cooperation and the international focus. Thanks to integrated stays in France (with a duration of at least 40% of the time spent in the programme), students have the opportunity to gain deep insight into another culture and university system without prolonging their studies. The cooperation is licensed by the Franco-German University, which supports our students during their studies abroad with a scholarship.

The study programme in Lille follows a multidisciplinary approach with courses in Economy, Law, History and Political Science, and it offers many specialisations at the Master's level, ranging from European affairs and international trade to finance and sustainable development, among other topics. On the other hand, the curriculum at Münster is characterised by its strong emphasis on political science, focussing on topics of (global and regional) governance as well as civil society. Additionally, students can choose electives in the field of geography, economics, communications and sociology.

The aim of the programme is to enhance the understanding as well as analysing of processes of international and European governance. Therefore, special attention is paid to scientific methodological training and the integration of theory and empiricism. Students learn to reflect critically on processes of globalisation. They study issues concerning international political economy such as sustainable consumption and financial crises and engage in scientific realms of multi-layered governance processes. Furthermore, students shall be enabled to reflect upon Europe's role in the world, contextualising historical and political developments to establish a better understanding of current conflicts and challenges. The transfer of knowledge is application-oriented, enabling students to critically assess political processes as well as cultural and social connections. For this, the students have to complete a mandatory two-month internship in the fourth year (first Master's year), and they have the opportunity to undergo a second internship of four to six months in their last year (second Master's year) if so desired.

Course organisation

The unique feature of this course is that it takes place at two different universities, Sciences Po Lille and the University of Münster. There is an annual change of location, so the first and third years are completed in Lille (France) and the second and fourth year in Münster (Germany). For their fifth year, students can choose between Münster and Lille or another certified partner university.

The course is intended as a consecutive Bachelor's-Master's combination, as the French degree is only obtained after the fifth year of study.

At Sciences Po Lille, a comprehensive programme is taught during the first year of studies, including courses in economics, history, law, and languages. It forms the basis for the choice between various Master's specifications, ranging from European Careers over Sustainable Development to Organisational Communication for the third and possible fifth year. At the University of Münster, political science is in the focus of studies, starting with basic courses (e.g., international relations, political theory), methods courses, and a variety of elective courses in the second year, followed by a focus on International and European Governance in the fourth and possible fifth year.

Due to the special organisation of the course, students spend every other year, i.e. half of their studies abroad, either in Lille (France) or in Münster (Germany).

A compulsory internship is to be conducted in the fourth year of studies (first year of the Master's part of the programme).

Types of assessment

Depending on the course, performance records are collected in the form of oral or written examinations and/or term papers.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

Due to the special organisation of the course, students spend every other year, i.e., half of their studies abroad, either in Lille (France) or in Münster (Germany).

Integrated internships

A compulsory internship is to be conducted in the fourth year of studies (first year of the Master's part).

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • Franco-German University (FGU)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Webinar
Description of e-learning elements

The mandatory internship is accompanied by an e-learning course consisting of webinars and a virtual classroom facilitating preparation for the internship report.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
Social semester fee of 295 EUR per semester, including a semester ticket covering public transport for the greater Münster area and the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia
Costs of living
Approx. 800 EUR per month to cover accommodation, insurance and personal expenses
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

University entrance qualification

Language requirements

The ability to actively participate in French university courses is tested via application documents and especially during the personal interviews by the Franco-German Examination Board. Comparability of proficiency in French within the cohort is achieved by a C-Test (university-internal). In order to pass the test, candidates must achieve a minimum score of 70 points out of 100.

Candidates who are native speakers of French are invited to apply via our partner, Sciences Po Lille. During the selection process there, proficiency in German is tested in a written examination and especially in the personal interviews by the Franco-German Examination Board.

Application deadline

1 May for the following winter semester
For details on the application process, please see the information at

Submit application to

WWU Münster
Institute of Political Science
Bewerbung "Internationale und Europäische Governance"
Scharnhorststr. 100
48153 Münster

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Part-time employment is only possible during the years spent studying at the University of Münster.


The University of Münster does not provide accommodation to students, but it gives information on where and how accommodation in Münster can be found.

Career advisory service


Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Specialist counselling

University of Münster

With about 44,000 students, the University of Münster is one of the leading universities in Germany with a long teaching tradition. In German, it is known as the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, or WWU. It offers a full range of academic fields: all natural sciences, humanities, law, medicine, economics, etc. With its many institutes and faculties, the WWU is spread all over the town. However, there is a science campus at which most of the natural sciences are concentrated for the purpose of interdisciplinary cooperation.

University location

Münster is located in north-west Germany close to the border with the Netherlands. The city is a lively student town, famous for its bicycle-friendly atmosphere and student pubs. Of Münster's total population of approx. 300,000 inhabitants, 60,000 are university students at the University of Münster and other colleges. Münster is a thriving centre of science and academia. It is a great place to live, learn and teach.