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NCRE Courses

Jess Bain

The NCRE is a unique studying environment because of its nature as a research become part of that environment and are encouraged to move beyond being a typical student. You find yourself engaged in professional research projects, participating in seminars and conferences - you're a proper part of the NCRE when you study there. This is such a unique experience that is seldom available at other tertiary institutions or departments. You'd be mad not to study there!
Dr Jessica Bain, Lecturer at the University of Leicester, NCRE graduate.

Why study the EU in NZ?

Whether in terms of trade, investment, migration, tourism or cultural and social values, Europe is a dominant partner in our region. The NCRE is New Zealand's leading academic centre of excellence on the EU. Canterbury is also an official EU information centre; consequently anything written by or about the EU is as easily available at Canterbury as it is in Paris, Rome, Madrid or Berlin!

Why study at the NCRE?

The BA major in European Union studies at Canterbury is the ONLY undergraduate degree that specifically examines the EU from a broad social science perspective taught in New Zealand and Australia.

  • Only European Union Studies degree offered in Australasia
  • Multicultural students and staff from over 15 countries
  • Interdisciplinary focus: politics, law, history, economics,...
  • Open and approachable lecturers
  • Internships with New Zealand and European embassies
  • Exchanges and links with European and Asian universities and research centres
  • Small classes

What courses do we offer? Undergraduate Programme

Students majoring in European Union studies can enrol courses offered by the NCRE and co-coded courses of other departments and

schools at Canterbury. The teaching programme is multidisciplinary in focus. Students will be able to choose between courses in Economics, Politics, History, Geography and Law that examine the European Union.

See here for our Undergraduate Courses.

Want to catch up on some extra credits in summer? Join the Summer School 2012/13!

The NCRE's Summer School is a huge success story since its inception in 2003. This season we offer a total of 5 courses over November/December (2 courses) and January/February (3 courses). Most of these courses are taught by European experts coming to UC. As of 2012 we are proud to offer the brand new Jean Monnet module Human Rights: Agendas, Issues and the European Union (EURO232) taught by Dr Katharine Vadura.

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Stay with us for more opportunities: Postgraduate Programme

Again you will have the opportunity to study contemporary European issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives: either focus on the EU as a whole, or on the individual member states, as well as on the wider Europe (including Russia ) or the EU in the Austral-Asia region. In cooperation with the European Union Network Centre (EUCN) we annually offer course fee scholarships and research awards to Postgraduate Students.

See here for our Postgraduate Programme.

For the full programme and courses offered by the NCRE please have a look at our NCRE Handbook 2012 (includes Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses, pdf, 2MB).

More Details?

For further information about the NCRE's courses contact:

National Centre for Research on Europe, Logie Level 4 or
Phone: +64 3 364 3120 ext 3120 or

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