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The Department of West European Studies was established in 1997 as part of the Faculty of Social Science. After only two years the Departement received a prestegious award of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence - as a first academic institution in CEE region. Prof. Lenka Rovná, founder of the Departmenet, helds the Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam awarded by the European Commission.


The Department offers a wide range of bachelor and master courses on history, political and legal systems and social, economic and cultural development of the West European countries, courses dealing with the European Union and the history of its integration and development of common policies. The Department has two accredited master's programs - West European Studies and European Studies. The Department is also involved in the doctoral program at the Institute of International Studies.


A French specialization was officially opened in collaboration with the French Embassy in Prague in 2001. It offers detailed insight into modern French history, politics and culture. In 2007, the Department added also British specialization. The inauguration took place onOctober 16, 2007 and was honered with the participation of Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of the United Kingdom and Ambassador to the Czech Republic Linda Duffield. Since September 1, 2015, the department`s official name is the Department of European Studies.


The Department is also a part of several international research groups and is one of the most successful institutions in the Czech Republic in attracting research projects of the European Union, including CONNEX, TEMPUS, INTER or EULEIT. The Department of West European Studies is also a part of the postgraduate program Euromasters, which is taught jointly at eight European and US universities and aims to develop students' prerequisites for a career in international institutions, diplomacy and research. The Department cooperates very closely with several foreign universities - Science Po, Sorbonne, Université Robert Schuman Strasburg III, Universität zu Köln, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the University of Limerick.









History and Profile



The Department of West European Studies was established in 1997 as part of the Faculty of Social Science. After only two years the Departement received a prestegious award of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence - as a first academic institution in CEE region. Prof. Lenka Rovná, founder of the Departmenet, helds the Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam awarded by the European Commission.


The Department offers a wide range of bachelor and master courses on history, political and legal systems and social, economic and cultural development of the West European countries, courses dealing with the European Union and the history of its integration and development of common policies. The Department has two accredited master's programs - West European Studies and European Studies. The Department is also involved in the doctoral program at the Institute of International Studies.


A French specialization was officially opened in collaboration with the French Embassy in Prague in 2001. It offers detailed insight into modern French history, politics and culture. In 2007, the Department added also British specialization. The inauguration took place onOctober 16, 2007 and was honered with the participation of Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of the United Kingdom and Ambassador to the Czech Republic Linda Duffield. Since September 1, 2015, the department`s official name is the Department of European Studies.


The Department is also a part of several international research groups and is one of the most successful institutions in the Czech Republic in attracting research projects of the European Union, including CONNEX, TEMPUS, INTER or EULEIT. The Department of West European Studies is also a part of the postgraduate program Euromasters, which is taught jointly at eight European and US universities and aims to develop students' prerequisites for a career in international institutions, diplomacy and research. The Department cooperates very closely with several foreign universities - Science Po, Sorbonne, Université Robert Schuman Strasburg III, Universität zu Köln, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the University of Limerick.