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    This year’s crop of Jenkins Scholars were invited to a reception for Oxford international scholars hosted by the Master of Balliol College, Professor Sir Drummond Bone

Several aspects of the Europaeum’s work feed directly into the academic life of universities.

A number of scholarship schemes have been set up over the years specifically to encourage student mobility within the Europaeum association and provide study opportunities for Europaeum university graduates. Eurpaeum students are also eligible under various schemes run by universities.

Academic mobility is also aided by Europaeum-supported visiting professorships. These exchanges support the development of broader intellectual perspectives as well as promoting the exchange of ideas and providing an opportunity for new collaborative projects to be formulated and discussed.

The development of collaborative, multi-centred courses also fulfils a central objective of the Europaeum mission, providing future business, political, social and intellectural leaders with a pan-European educational experience.

MA in European History and Civilization

The Europaeum Masters Programme in European History and Civilisation offers graduate students a special opportunity to deepen their knowledge of European history and institutions, their philosophical and historical backgrounds and underpinnings, and their social and economic contexts, through the lens of three different university worlds. This knowledge plays an increasingly crucial role in practical decision-making and strategic planning, where Europe-wide and global contact and negotiation is required.

Joint Courses

The development of collaborative multi-centred courses fulfils a central objective of the Europaeum mission, providing future business, political, social and intellectual ‘leaders’ with a pan-European educational experience.

Currently four programmes are in preparation, in addition to a number of collaborations on individual teaching modules


The Europaeum consortium has launched a joint initiative which will link three leading European universities in a new EUROPAEUM MA PROGRAMME, combining all the strengths and specialisms of the partner institutions, to provide potential students with a unique learning experience in European Politics and Society.


This modular, MBA-level, course offered by Leiden and Oxford, starting in 2002/3, offers young private and public managers working in Europe or elsewhere, a special opportunity of returning for limited periods to the university world to deepen their knowledge of the cultures, historical backgrounds, institutions and ways of life and thought of the peoples of Europe.


The Ecumenical Studies in Protestant Theology Masters course is being designed to give students with a degree in theology or similar subjects the opportunity to study various theological traditions, with an obligatory study and research visit to other Europaeum universities and to Christian communities. It will build on past university exchanges, especially between Bonn and Oxford.


A new BD(E) 4-year undergraduate course in theology, being developed in Bonn, will involve one year spent at another Europaeum university, such as Prague and Oxford. It is designed to provide a pan-European dimension to the education of theologians, including the social and political contexts in which different traditions have developed. The Europaeum supports collaborative teaching initiatives through a programme of visiting professorships, and informal teaching exchanges linked to research projects and thematic networks.


Since 1992 Oxford, Leiden and Sienna have collaborated in European Law Studies, involving joint teaching and study, with dozens of student exchanges. Professor Marcel Brus has been on a joint contract between Oxford and Leiden from 1998 to 2001, linking the two European law programmes.


In 1997 academics representing all the Europaeum partners in the fields of European Political Thought, Economics of Integration, and European Modern History met at Oxford, Paris and Bologna respectively, and agreed strategies to promote international academic collaborations.


Since 1999 Paris I has offered an Economics of European Integration module open to undergraduates and graduates from across the Europaeum. From 2003 this course is to be restructured to offer more international opportunities, linked to the award of a Europaeum Certificate.


The Europaeum played the key role in the creation at Oxford of the Centre for European Politics and Society, and the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law, and a number of posts, notably the Chair in European Thought and most recently, the Bertelsmann Europaeum Visiting Professorship in 20th Century Jewish History and Politics.


New academic networks are being developed in Economics, History, Politics and Theology, to promote collaborative teaching and mobility of graduate research students. Other initiatives aim to link academic in the fields of Classics and History of Science.


Discussions have been launched in Bonn, to develop joint theology course, building upon past university exchanges and relations, especially between Bonn and Oxford. Courses under consideration include: a Masters in Ecumenical Theology, and a four-year Bachelor of Divinity (Europaeum) programme, with one year to be spent at another Europaeum partner.

Europaeum Certificate

Europaeum Certificates are awarded to students who satisfactorily complete a recognised academic activity under the auspices of the Europaeum. They specifically recognise pan-European experience and serve as an additional incentive to Europaeum collaboration. This can be alongside another qualification or degree from their home university. The award is endorsed by the Europaeum Council, which represents all member universities.

Those qualifying for the award include:

  • Doctoral students who spend at least four months working with an academic supervisor from another Europaeum partner institution.
  • Graduate students participating in a Europaeum Summer School completing an essay of sufficient standard linked to the theme of the Summer School.
  • Graduate students taking part in a Europaeum joint programme and spending at least 150 hours in academic study.
  • Undergraduate students taking part in a Europaeum joint programme and spending at least 200 hours in academic study.

Each Europaeum Certificate specifies the particular activity that the student has completed, allowing different types of academic activity to be recognised. The Europaeum Academic Committee grants final approval for the Certificate, issued in the student’s native language with an English translation, and signed by the academic director or a representative of the Academic Committee.

Certificates are regularly awarded to Summer School Participants who complete a special essay, pass joint Europaeum programmes, or give papers successfully at Europaeum conferences.

Visiting Professors

The movement and exchange of academic staff between Europaeum member institutions supports the development of broader intellectual perspectives and promotes the exchange of ideas, as well as providing an opportunity for new collaborative projects to be formulated and discussed. This concept is central to the Europaeum mission, and thus is actively supported through our academic mobility programmes. Europaeum universities can invite a distinguished scholar from another partner institution to serve as Europaeum Visiting Professor. Typically an EVP may offer a seminar, give a lecture and/or supervise research students; he or she may also pursue personal research, work with collaborators, or plan collaboration opportunities.

Jenkins Scholarships

The Jenkins Scheme is linked to the Europaeum association of leading European universities. Applicants may be submitted from the University partners within the Europaeum.  These are: the Universities of Oxford, Leiden, Bologna, Bonn, Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), Geneva (the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies), Prague (Charles University), Helsinki, and Krakow (the Jagiellonian University).

The Jenkins Scholarship Scheme honours the lifelong achievements of the former President of the European Commission (1976-1981) and Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1987-2003). The Roy Jenkins Memorial Fund was set up in 2003-4, to establish scholarships to bring students from the countries of the EU to study at the University of Oxford, and to support Oxford students going onto further study in Europe. 27 Jenkins Scholars have been elected in recent years.

Awards are for now worth £14,000 per annum, usually for one year. Jenkins Scholars will be eligible to study at Oxford for a Masters degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences, the disciplines closest to Lord Jenkins’ own political and literary interests.