General Information and Description of the Program

After the World War II, European Union (EU), as a new regional cooperation shaped in the Western Europe, has become one of the most important models of regional integration in the World with its extensive institutional structure and extending policy areas. While the legal, political and economic aspects of the European integration process were primary along the Cold War era, with the 1990s foreign policy, security and defense has become important aspects beside internal policy developments. With the mid 1980s, EU has turned towards restructuring its relations with the countries out of the union by means of enlargement policies. When looking from these sides, European integration is a multi dimensional project with its political, economic, legal, social and cultural integration aspects. Therefore, this multi dimensionality brings the European Studies into an interdisciplinary position.

European Studies gained the necessity of being a distinct specializing area in the graduate level because of the changing position of Turkey after the Helsinki Summit. We can list the aims of the Graduate Program In European Studies, prepared as an answer to that necessity as:

to help forming specialist managerial staff about different aspects of the European integration and EU in different institutions and establishments

to make EU policies in the post-Helsinki period examined and understood by getting touch with EU authorities

to constitute a public opinion about EU and Turkey-EU relations by means of internal and external seminars and conferences

to determine the changes that Turkey will encounter in policies and constitutional contexts during the integration process.