FAQs

What is the structure of the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs joint degree?

The MATA degree program will allow students to spend time studying at both The Fletcher School and the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium or Natolin, Poland), as well as complete a high-level internship. The degree will be jointly awarded by both institutions. Graduates will be alumni of both schools.

What degree will I receive upon graduation from both institutions?

Graduates of this joint degree program will receive a Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA).

What is the duration of the program?

The MATA requires four semesters (two academic years) of study. The fall semester begins in late August/early September and runs through December. The spring semester begins in January and finishes in late May (Fletcher) or early June (College of Europe).

How many students will be in the program?

A maximum of five students may begin at each institution each year. In any academic year, between the two institutions, there could be a total of twenty students.

What is the language of instruction?

English is the language of instruction at both schools; however, there are some courses offered in French at the College of Europe.

What is the required level of English?

The College of Europe requires at least a C1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The Fletcher School requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (with sub-scores of 25 on each section) or an IELTS score of 7 (with sub-scores of 7 on each section).

Do students need to speak a second language?

Yes. Students are required to meet the foreign language requirement at The Fletcher School. If your native language is English, you need a good working knowledge of one other language. For non-native English speakers, we consider your mother tongue to be the second required language. Additionally, some courses at the College of Europe are offered in French and students must be proficient in French to enroll in these courses.

What is the academic structure of the program?

Students beginning at The Fletcher School are required to take eight courses with at least one course from each of the three divisions: International Law & Organizations; Diplomacy, History and Politics; and Economics & International Business. At the College of Europe, MATA students are affiliated with one of the five study programs and follow a tailor-made study tracks: Interdisciplinary Studies (Natolin),  International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, Political and Governance Studies, Economic Studies, or Legal Studies.

Students spending their first year at The Fletcher School will spend their final semester at The College of Europe and integrate into one of the study tracks there. Students who spend their first year at the College of Europe will spend a final semester at The Fletcher School taking four courses of choice from the three divisions of the school.

What are the MATA degree requirements?

MATA candidates must successfully complete one academic year of coursework at one institution plus one semester of coursework at the other institution. Other requirements include: a three-to-four month internship, a thesis, Fletcher’s foreign language requirement, Fletcher’s Professional Development Program, and a joint course/project on transatlantic affairs.

Can I cross-register while at The Fletcher School?

Yes. MATA students are able to cross-register for up to one course per semester at Tufts University or Harvard University.

What is the joint course on transatlantic affairs?

Each fall MATA students on both campuses will take a joint course, co-taught via video conference, focused on the EU and U.S. political systems, as well as the history and current aspects of the cultural, economic, legal and political aspects of the transatlantic relationship. In the spring, MATA students will be engaged in a joint transatlantic project focused on solving a problem of a transatlantic nature.

What type of internship is required?

Students will work in conjunction with the faculty and career offices at both institutions to identify internship opportunities with a transatlantic focus. Internships may be in any sector (public, private, nonprofit) and may take place in Europe or the United States. Internships will be graded on a pass/fail basis based on a report and completion of an internship assessment form. Students are strongly encouraged to seek an internship of four months, which is also the maximum possible length. A minimum of three consecutive months is required. 

Do I have to find an internship myself?

In principle students will secure their own internships. The internship in the public/private/non-profit sector will have to have a strong transatlantic focus and has to be approved by the institution in which you will be enrolled during the second year. However, the Careers Offices of the two institutions will assist in identifying a number of internships related to transatlantic affairs. Students will not be placed in internships. 

What if I do not find an appropriate internship?

MATA students unable to secure a suitable internship may replace the internship semester with an additional semester of coursework at the institution where they spend the second academic year.  

Do I have to do my internship in Europe or the US?

As long as your internship has a transatlantic focus, it may be in any sector and may take place in Europe or North America. In principle, students spending their first year in the U.S. will do their internship in Europe and vice versa.

What is the Professional Development Program at The Fletcher School?

The Professional Development Program is offered by Fletcher’s Office of Career Services and includes nine 75-minute sessions covering key topics for a successful internship and job search.

What is the thesis requirement?

In the final semester, students are required to write and submit a thesis on a transatlantic topic (current or past economic, legal and/or political relations between the United States and the European Union and its member states).  Students will select the thesis topic during their first semester, and the thesis will be co-supervised by one supervisor from the College of Europe and one supervisor from The Fletcher School.

How does academic advising work?

MATA students will have academic advisors at both schools. Additionally, students will work closely with two thesis advisors.

How does career advising work?

MATA students will work closely with the faculty, career offices and alumni networks at both schools. Students have the same access to all resources at both institutions.

What can I do professionally with the MATA?

Graduates of this program will be prepared for positions of leadership in a variety of areas – ranging from international and national public sector functions to responsibilities in the private and nonprofit sectors – with an international outlook and the ability to deal cross-border issues in a multidisciplinary manner.

Graduates of the College of Europe and The Fletcher School have gone on to exciting careers in international organizations (United Nations, NATO), the European Union, national diplomatic services and ministries, private companies, consultancies and law firms, non-for-profit organizations, think tanks and academia.

How does the admissions process work?

Prospective students apply to and follow the admissions procedures at the institution where they would like to spend the first year. Each school will share the applications with the other school. Candidates for the joint degree must meet the admissions standards at both institutions, including for the department of study with which the students will be affiliated at the College of Europe.

When is the application deadline?

If you wish to start your studies at the College of Europe, the deadline for submitting your online application on the College of Europe website is January 18. The deadline for the two (online) letters of recommendation is February 1.

If you wish to start your studies at The Fletcher School, the deadline for submitting your online application on The Fletcher School website is January 10.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

Regardless of where you submit your application, you will have to provide an academic and a professional letter of recommendation.

Can I apply to the MATA and the MALD?

No. Candidates may only apply to one degree program at Fletcher.

What are the characteristics of a successful Fletcher applicant?

Fletcher actively seeks to enroll a diverse class of students who have demonstrated academic excellence, have a wide range of personal, professional, and academic experience, and have a strong commitment to an international career. We seek students who, by virtue of their background, achievement, and experience, can contribute to the education of their peers and to the scholarship and practice of international relations. While each degree program will have its own specific requirements, in general, applicants must demonstrate research ability and a strong familiarity with a second language, and hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. All students must have proven English language proficiency. Fletcher students come from a wide range of undergraduate majors, including international relations and other social sciences, the humanities, business, and physical sciences and engineering.

What are the prerequisites for the College of Europe?

Applicants need at least four years of university studies and six months of relevant professional experience.
They should also have a strong interest in transatlantic affairs as well as basic knowledge of the EU.

Applicants will typically have a university degree in one of the following areas:

  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Law
  • Economics or Business Administration
  • European or American Studies
  • Contemporary (European or American) History

Depending on the study track chosen, specific prerequisites exist. For the Economics track, students should have successfully followed courses in Statistics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics at an intermediate level. For the International Relations and Diplomacy Studies track, students should have previous knowledge of EU institutions and decision-making. For the Legal Studies track, students should have a legal background and a prior knowledge of the EU institutional law.

What are the tuition and fees for the MATA?
Students will pay the appropriate tuition and fees at the institution at which they are taking classes. Students are enrolled but are not paying tuition during the internship semester. Please refer to the Fees page for further details
Is financial aid available?

Yes. Students will be considered for financial aid at the time of admission and will be notified about scholarship assistance at both institutions with the offer of admission.

How will the visa process work?

Students will work with the international student advisor at each institution to obtain student visas. Additional visas may be required for the internship semester.

Where do students live while attending each school?

Fletcher students have several options for housing. Many students live in apartments that are walking distance from campus. Additionally, Fletcher has a residence hall that accommodates 84 students. Students either cook for themselves or may purchase a meal plan at Tufts University. Room and Board expenses are not included in tuition fees.

The College of Europe houses most of its students in residences in Bruges and on the Natolin campus. Room and board is included as part of the comprehensive fees for attendance. 

Is there an application fee for the MATA
No, the MATA application does not require an application fee.