European Studies Certificate
The European Institute offers a Certificate in European Studies in conjunction with graduate-degree programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of International and Public Affairs, and other schools at Columbia. The certificate recognizes substantial work on Europe within a student’s graduate studies.
Students must be enrolled in a Columbia graduate program to pursue the certificate; it is not a stand-alone program. Students in all disciplines are welcome to apply. Because of the number of courses required, the certificate usually is not suitable for MA students.
Students must complete 7 graduate-level courses (21 credits), distributed as follows:
- Three courses (9 credits) in the candidate’s chosen discipline
- Four courses (12 credits) in at least two additional disciplines
- Two of the courses (6 credits) must be seminars or colloquia
All courses must be approved by the EI Program Director. Graduate-level courses in any Columbia department or school may qualify. Courses not specifically on Europe may qualify with a final project on a European topic. (An example is Sociology G4220, Comparative Capitalisms.) Independent research courses may qualify. Click here for a list of pre-approved courses.
- Advanced proficiency in one European language
- Reading proficiency in a second language, which can be non-European, that is appropriate to the student’s program of study
A Certificate essay of 30-50 pages in length. The essay must be sponsored by a EI faculty affiliate and be an original piece of research, interpretation, or analysis.
For more information or to indicate your intention to complete the certificate program, please contact Sharon Kim.