European Studies is an interdisciplinary area of study and research focusing on modern European politics, societies and cultures, past and present. European Studies brings together the perspectives and approaches of disciplines such as History, Philosophy, Cultural, Literary and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations, to explore modern Europe. European Studies staff are experts on a range of European countries and regions spanning the entire continent – from Ireland to Russia, from the Mediterranean to Northern Europe – and work in a number of interdisciplinary fields such as intellectual history, memory studies, and transnational issues such as religion, minorities, and governance. European Studies students are encourage to learn a European language, and UNSW offers courses at various levels in French, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish.

European Studies prepares students not only for globalized intellectual engagement but also for the global market. Graduates have pursued careers in politics and diplomacy, EU institutions, Australian Federal Government, international business, NGOs, media, trade, teaching and research.