The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is an academic Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and a policy think tank that focuses on the European Union in an international setting. The Institute advances academic education and research in various disciplines, and provides services to policy-makers, scholars, stakeholders and the general public.

Top reasons to study here

  • The Institute fosters academic cooperation with a wide range of Universities in Belgium and abroad.
  • The Institute advances academic education and research in various disciplines and provides services to policy-makers, scholars, stakeholders.
  • The Institute specifically explores EU institutions, policies and law within the context of globalization and global governance

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About

Education

IES research principally embraces a wide range of European studies and aims to involve multiple disciplines, including law, economics, social science and political science. It is currently advanced in the following clusters of academic work:

  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Migration, Diversity and Justice
  • European Foreign and Security Policy
  • Educational Development Unit
  • European Economic Governance

Research

IES research focuses on the EU in an international context. It explores EU institutions, policies and law within the context of globalisation and international law and politics. Research projects analyse the role of the EU as a global actor and the interaction between the internal and external dimensions of EU policies. They also address the inter-relationship between the EU and international institutions and organisations.