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Application procedure for the Bachelor of European Studies

Admission requirements BAES

The admission policy is intended to ensure equal opportunity of access to higher education for qualified European and third country students. In general the programme will assess students on the following criteria:


  • Admission to the Bachelor of European Studies is subject to an assessment of the capacity and suitability of the student to successfully complete the BAES programme.

Detailed admission requirements


  • Students who are not native English speakers are required to provide an evidence of B2 proficiency in the English language.
  • Accepted tests: IELTS | TOEFL | Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) or C2 Proficiency (CPE) exams in which you have to reach a B2 level.

Detailed language requirements

Additional requirements

Complete files only

The evaluation of applicants is based on complete files only. This means that only those candidates who

in their application file, will be assessed for admission to the programme.

Acceptance into the programme will be announced after application. Start universities will be announced after the deadline of 1st May. 


Tuition fees and application deadline for AY 2023-2024

Deadline 1 May 2023
Tuition Fee EEA: € 2000
non-EEA: € 6900


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Academic reading and writing assignment BAES

The reading and writing assignment consists of reading a short factsheet about 'What is the EU?' by RECONNECT – Horizon 2020 Project ( and answering 2 questions in the form of an essay of max. 300 words. 

What is the EU? factsheet (.pdf)     Answer sheet for the essay (.docx)

Start university form BAES


Students can enter the BAES programme** at one of the 4 start universities*:

  • KU Leuven
  • Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Uniwersytet Jagiellonski w Krakowie

* Your start university does not have to be located in your home country.
** Students who want to start the BAES programme, need to go through an extra pre-admission procedure on top of the KU Leuven application procedure.

In order to distribute students equally among the 4 start locations, we ask you to indicate in the form below which 3 start universities you prefer. Your motivation and the available places per partner will determine the final allocation to a particular start university.
As this choice is a mandatory part of the application process, a printout of the completed form should be uploaded in your application file afterwards.

The final decision on Start University (and Mobility path) will always remain in the hands of the Programme and its organs; students do not have a right to a specific Start University (or a specific Mobility path).

PAY ATTENTION: The choice of start university also affects your MAJOR SPECIALIZATION opportunities. For the major specialization all students have to go on mobility to a 2nd university (and thus leave the start university) so you can't take up a major at your start university.

Start university form 

Spanish pre-admission process

To comply with Spanish national and regional law, UCM must follow an extra pre-admission process to start these studies at UCM.
Students who indicate UCM as a start university must follow the pre-admission procedure at UCM, on top of the standard application via KU Leuven. This procedure is different according to your previous studies:

The entry process runs in June of every academic year. A retake for the entry exams is set in July of each academic year.

Contact UCM for more info 

DISCLAIMER: The Bachelor of European Studies is offered in the framework of Una Europa.