UCL European Institute


Student Experience

Hear what current and former students have to say about studying European politics, policy and law at UCL.

What Students Say

Don’t take it from us – hear what current and former students have to say about studying European politics, policy and law at UCL.

Student Gemma Dauncey

MSc European Politics and Policy 2022-23


The UCL European Institute offers regular masterclasses to students in the Department of Political Science, the Department of European and International Social and Political Studies, and the Faculty of Laws.

These masterclasses offer students the opportunity to explore European policy, political and law questions in first-hand, small-group, interactive settings.

Keep an eye on our events pages or sign up for our newsletter for upcoming events.

2022-23 Masterclass highlights

The EU Digital Services Act

Sabina Ciofu

Sabina Ciofu 
Associate Director of International at techUK 
Nov 2022 

The European Green Deal

Heather Grabbe

Heather Grabbe  
Senior Advisor to the Open Society Foundations  
Dec 2022 

The European Parliament

Klaus Welle

Klaus Welle  
Former Secretary General of the European Parliament  
March 2023 

The Art and Practice of Diplomacy


Bart Vodderie 
Brexit lead at the EU Delegation to the UK  
April 2023 

Policy and Practice Seminars

The Department of Political Science runs a dedicated seminar series including presentations of scholarly research and talks by high-profile policy makers, practitioners and academics. These are public events and run every Thursday evening during Terms 1 and 2 of the academic year.

Every year, several of the Policy and Practice Seminars focus on European affairs.

→ Explore upcoming events at Policy and Practice Seminar (Dept Political Science)

European Union Careers 

The European Institute collates a range of helpful resources on traineeships, permanent and temporary roles across the EU institutions for students to browse.

Students can watch short careers videos made with members of the European Institute Advisory Board from the worlds of diplomacy, advocacy, think tanks and tech, as well as recordings from the 2022 Careers event held with the Department of Political Science – an annual occurrence. 

→ Visit EU Careers: Student Resources

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Student opportunities

Paid internships

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We offer annual Communication and Outreach Internships to UCL students. Interns provide proactive and professional communications support while maximising the EI’s profile and visibility. There are also paid internship positions for particular projects.

→ Meet our current interns 

Student Ambassadors

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We have a range of student ambassadors working with us.

They advise and engage with UCL’s student body.

→ Meet EI Student Ambassadors

Student engagement 

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We offer UCL students opportunities to engage with external partners and stakeholders. For example, students have been able to attend invitation-only conferences, the annual 'Night of Ideas' and participate in video competitions.

→ Night of Ideas 2023: Call for video shorts
 A Night of Ideas 

Student societies

There’s a whole number of student societies dealing directly or indirectly with European politics, policy or law at UCL. Discover what they do:

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UCL European Horizons Society
A society for those passionate about the European Union and European affairs, interested in policy incubators, debating and discussing European and transatlantic issues.

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UCLU European Society
The European Society is committed to promoting awareness of and involvement in European culture and issues throughout UCL.

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UCL European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS) Society
With members studying 10 languages, specializing in 7 majors ranging from law to quantitative social sciences, and hailing from 51 countries, the society wants to forge meaningful interdisciplinary connections at UCL.

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UCL Diplomacy Society
UCL's biggest International Relations Society.

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UCL Bentham Brooks Institute Society
UCL’s first student-led think tank, founded in 2020 by an alliance of 5 established UCL societies with the aim of bringing students closer to research and public policy by offering unique opportunities to step into these fields.