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BSocSc (Hons) in European Studies


European civilization is among the most influential in the world. To understand Europe is to understand one of the main sources of modernity. The European Union has emerged as a major actor in world politics and economics; its growth and development are of vital global importance.


Within the BSocSc (Hons) in European Studies, Political Science provides the disciplinary core, underpinned by history and (cultural) area studies, business/economics or communication courses. Students also undergo rigorous training in either German or French up to levels of academic and professional fluency. The aim is to give students a firm knowledge of the basic features of the European world and the communicative skills necessary for a future professional or academic career in the field of European-Asian relations. Knowledge of Europe is deepened by the Honours Project in the final year, based on first-hand research into a particular subject related to Europe. Successful graduates also possess the skills requisite for immediate entry to postgraduate programmes both locally and in Europe.


The objectives of the programme are:


  • To provide students with a general and up-to-date knowledge of contemporary Europe, firmly grounded in the social sciences, with an emphasis on the European Union and its member states;
  • To enable students to grasp the significance of Europe to world history, politics and economics and to train them to become skilled and knowledgeable communicators between Hong Kong/mainland China and Europe;
  • To assist students in acquiring high, professionally relevant proficiency in one major European language (other than English);
  • To provide orientation and intellectual stimulus for students to understand and appreciate their own and other cultures/societies in an increasingly multi-polar and multi-cultural world; and
  • In these ways to contribute to Hong Kong's role as a major international commercial and cultural crossroads.


The Structure:


European Studies consists of two years of full-time study in Hong Kong, a third year spent in Europe, followed by a fourth year in Hong Kong. The third year is designed as an integral part of the overall programme. It consists of academic study at a European university and possibly a placement with European companies/institutions. Students should gain the benefits of on-the-spot academic training and linguistic immersion as well as first-hand experience of work in a European environment.


The Curriculum:


Programme Curriculum (Academic Years 2019-20 to 2022-23)
1 Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
Major in European Studies
Required Courses
Honours Project


66 units

6 units

3 University Core Courses 13 units
4 General Education Courses 18 units
5 Free Electives (EURO3008 and EURO3009) # 21 units
    128 units

# Students may take additional Healthy Lifestyle courses and/or General Education (Level 1 or 2) courses in any categories, subject to a maximum of 6 units, to fulfil the Free Electives requirement.


Programme Curriculum (Academic Year 2018-19)
Major in European Studies
Required Courses 
Honours Project 
European Academic / Internship Semesters 


67 units

6 units

21 units

2 University Core Courses 13 units
3 General Education Courses 18 units
4 Free Elective Courses (EURO3008 and EURO3009) # 3 units
128 units

# Students may take additional GE courses (of Level 1 or 2) in any categories to fulfil the "Free Electives" requirement but only a maximum of 6 units will be counted towards the fulfilment of the "Free Electives" requirement.