Charles University in Prague was founded in 1348 and is one of the world's oldest universities. The university has more than 7,500 employees, 4,000 of these being academic and research staff. Over 51,000 students currently study at CU (which is roughly a sixth of all students in the Czech Republic), in more than 300 accredited degree programmes and 660 study disciplines. More than 18,000 are studying in bachelor's programmes, 25,000 in Master's programmes and more than 7,000 in doctoral programmes.
Charles University is one of the world's top universities, a fact that has been confirmed repeatedly by international university rankings. In Shanghai University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, which evaluates 2,000 universities, Charles University was placed in the top 300 out of the total of 17,000 universities and colleges. Charles University is therefore among the 2% of the best universities and the 100 top European universities. The university fared just as successfully in The Times THES ranking, being placed 229th.
The EPS Programme is hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV UK). FSV UK is the second newest faculty of Charles University in Prague. Shortly after its creation in 1990 the Faculty became a regional Central European centre of teaching and research in economics, sociology, public policy, political science, international relations, area studies, media studies and journalism. It offers EPS students a perfect background for interdisciplinary studies of European politics and society.
Jagiellonian University is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 1364. Today, Jagiellonian University provides education to almost 50 000 students, within the framework of more than 80 different fields of study. The eminent researchers and state-of-the-art infrastructure make JU one of the leading Polish scientific institutions, collaborating with major academic centres from all over the world.
At Jagiellonian University, the Institute of European Studies is the central unit in charge of the EPS. The Institute of European Studies is a unique, interdisciplinary department that encompasses the Centre for European Studies, which houses more than ten international English-taught MA degree programmes (including Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees), as well as BA study abroad semesters, attracting approximately 150 students at any one time from all over the world.
Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. It is the oldest university in the Netherlands, founded in 1575, and currently ranks in the top 100 of most international rankings. The University has approximately 23,000 students and 4,000 staff members. Most Master Programmes are fully taught in English. Leiden University stands for high quality research and academic teaching. Lecturers integrate their research in their teaching activities and students perform in a challenging study environment that is becoming increasingly international. Students prepare themselves for positions in which they can put their academic knowledge and skills to good use.
At Leiden University, the EPS is hosted by the Faculty of Humanities focusing on the advanced study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide, in their historical contexts from prehistory to the present. The Faculty of Humanities aims to contribute to knowledge, the sustainable well-being of societies, and the understanding of the cognitive, historical, cultural, artistic, and social aspects of human life. In research and teaching, it focuses on the mobility of people, language, culture, ideas, art and institutions in a globalizing world and their interconnectivity through the ages. Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
The Pompeu Fabra University is a public university in Barcelona, founded in 1990 that stands out for high quality in teaching, excellence in research and a strong vocation for international outreach. UPF runs 22 undergraduate, 28 official Masters and 9 Doctoral Programmes in social sciences and humanities, health and life sciences and ICT and communication sciences. The UPF serves 12,000 students, of whom 25% are international, a rate that rises to 36% in the case of Masters students and 50% in PhD Programmes. A strong focus on excellence has led UPF to consistently rank among the top five Spanish universities in terms of academics and the first one in scientific productivity in the U-Ranking 2015. It is currently the second Spanish university in the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking and the 12th world university among those younger than 50 years in the same ranking.
The Department of Political and Social Sciences (DPSS) that hosts the EPS Programme was formally created in 1996 and since then, it has succeeded in consolidating a number of research areas and graduate programmes, while also competing to become an attractive academic institution with a strong international profile. Currently, the DPSS carries out teaching and research in the fields of political science, sociology and social sciences methodology. All graduate programmes in the department are taught in English, and most of the students are international (about 80%), mainly coming from European and Latin American countries, but also from the United States, Canada and the MENA region. The Department has been included in the CHE Excellence Ranking that identifies European departments that stand out for the excellence of their graduate programmes.