European Politics European Politics

In this program you will visit key European political institutions and meet political actors from lobbyists to diplomats, in a hands-on examination of how Europe functions as a whole and from region to region.



This program is right for you if your major is political science, international relations, government, and/or you are fascinated by the interplay between nation-states and the various group identities that define Europe and the contemporary world.


>> European Game of Politics, The: Crisis and Survival
You will gain a deeper understanding of the political and institutional fabric of the EU, including historical development, governing institutions, political processes, and major policies and approach to the present crisis - “How to play the game”.

>> Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism from a European Perspective
This course is a study of terrorism and its challenges to liberal democracies and international politics. You will delve into its causes, aims, and forms, as well as counter-terrorism measures introduced.


DIS has over 200 elective courses for you to build your curriculum from after choosing your required core course. You have to opportunity to focus on your major or diversify by selecting any combination of courses based on your needs. Click here for electives related to political sience, international relations, and more.

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Elective Courses Feature: Learning From the Pros

Go beyond your core class and enrol in additional electives that take you on field studies that access some of Copenhagen's most facinating systems and political actors! To name a few...


I came to DIS with a strong interest in politics, but uncertain if I wanted to become a politician. The professional and political background of my professor allowed us to interact with European Union institutions and officials on a personal level.

The Political Actors Interview Exercise in Brussels helped us understand the role of member states in EU processes, and it was great to see the concepts we’ve read about come to life and see the political game from the inside in a way I never had before. These experiences definitely reinforced my interest in politics.

Emma Peterson Colorado College
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