How Does TAM work?

Many choices. Same program.


TAM is designed to afford many different types of experiences to its students. Your TAM path can be tailored to suit your individual interests, skills, and goals.  In order to facilitate the process of choosing your degree type, program, and study locations, please refer to the step-by-step guide below.  If at any point, you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at Since no two students are even exactly alike, it may help you to communicate directly with representatives from the TAM office and our alumni network. We are happy to be in touch with you!

Step 1:

Degree Type


Your first step is to decide if you wish to pursue the UNC-CH MA in Political Science or one of the European degrees. This decision may be depend on a variety of factors including your source of funding (some federal loans and awards require you to seek the UNC degree), language ability, and career goals. In addition, it is now possible to seek a double degree through the European Governance track.

Step 2:

Degree Program


TAM offers three program tracks.  Transatlantic Studies offers the most variety in terms of overseas universities and courses taught in multiple languages. European Governance is an English-language track which offers a year of study at UNC, a year overseas, and increased statistical training. German-Turkish Studies is also an English-language track which provides language training in Turkish or German and enables you to study in the US, Turkey and in Germany.

Step 3:

Partner Site


In the Transatlantic Studies track, you may choose one or two overseas sites: these include Bath, Berlin, Madrid, and Siena. In the European Governance track, you may choose one overseas site: Amsterdam, Barcelona, or Bremen. In the German-Turkish Studies track, the overseas sites are set and include Ankara and Berlin.

Transatlantic Studies Track

TAM’s TransAtlantic Track is the program’s original track. This option enables students to gain insight into the EU’s institutions and integration and to focus on a number of issues relevant to contemporary Europe such as social policy, immigration, as well as security and defense. This track also gives students the chance to examine contemporary Europe through a comparative lens by looking at ways in which the countries of Europe differ from and mirror the US.

While at UNC-CH in the fall semester, students will take three required courses and one elective; they will also participate in the Speakers Series offered by the Center for European Studies. During fall break, students will travel to Washington, DC for site visits and an annual TAM alumni/current student gathering.  Students will be encouraged to pursue academically relevant summer internships in the US and abroad. Some internship guidance will be offered at the UNC site.

After TransAtlantic Track students spend the fall semester at UNC-CH, they then study overseas at one or two of these partner sites: University of Bath, Free and Humboldt Universities in Berlin, Complutense University in Madrid, Sciences Po Grenoble, and the University of Siena. While overseas, students with French, German and/or Spanish language ability can take courses in these languages. After two semesters overseas, at one or two of the European universities listed above, students often write their thesis in the location of their choice.

European Governance Track

In 2008 TAM launched a European Governance track of the program. Students in this track begin by studying for one full academic year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They then go on to complete a second year of study and research at the VU University Amsterdam or at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona or at the University of Bremen in Germany. All classes are offered in English. Coursework focuses on European governance and social policy.  In addition, there is an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research methods.

While at UNC-CH in the fall semester, students will take three required courses and one elective; they will also participate in the Speakers Series offered by the Center for European Studies. Courses will focus on such topics as comparative politics of industrial societies, comparative social policy, democratization, the European Union, and multilevel governance. During fall break, students will travel to Washington, DC for site visits and an annual TAM alumni/current student gathering. Two or three required courses and one elective will be offered in the spring semester; some students may wish to pursue independent study projects with individual professors at this juncture.

UNC’s academic year ends in early May. Students will be encouraged to pursue academically relevant summer internships in the US or overseas. Some internship guidance will be offered at the UNC site.

After the summer, coursework will resume overseas in late August or early September at VU University Amsterdam, UPF, or the University of Bremen.  During the second semester overseas, TAM students will focus on their thesis research and preparation. Please note that it is now possible for future European Governance track students to seek both the UNC and European degrees simultaneously. This double-degree program runs slightly longer than the single-degree programs, and, as a result, students will need to enroll for summer session II in their second summer in the program.

German-Turkish Studies Track

Please note that UNC-CH has placed some restrictions on study and travel to Turkey due to security concerns. Please check the Travel Warning section of UNC Global’s website to stay up-to date on this issue. Students in this track currently have the choice to study in Chapel Hill or Berlin for their second semester in the program.

Launched in 2014, the German-Turkish Studies track is TAM’s newest offering. This track focuses attention on the relationship between Germany and Turkey and pays special attention to issues of immigration in Europe. This is an English-language track, but some language instruction in Turkish or German is required.

Students in this track spend one semester at UNC-CH. Here they take a course focused on Comparative Welfare States and another on EU Institutions and Integration. A third required class exposes students to the contemporary political history of Turkey. In addition, we offer Turkish- or German-language instruction. The German-Turkish Studies students also choose one elective course and participate in the Friday Lecture Series. They go to Washington, DC for site visits and an alumni gathering over fall break in October. In their second semester the students study in Ankara at Middle East Technical University (METU).  Over the summer, students have the option to intern or continue their language study. Then, in year two of the German-Turkish Studies track, students study in Berlin at Humboldt University and write their MA thesis.

Our Partner Sites


TAM has cultivated partnerships with some of the most acclaimed universities in Europe and now also with a well-known university in Turkey. Our long-standing ties with these institutions reflect strong transatlantic bonds at both the academic and administrative levels and, in some cases, date as far back as 1998. The caliber of each institution is an important factor as is the institution’s location in key areas of interest to EU scholars.

These settings are quite unique and range from the more quiet country sides of the UK and Italy to busy cities in Germany and Spain. The overseas component of TAM is essential to the experiential learning we offer students. We feel that the experience can be most engaging and effective when students are mainstreamed at their overseas sites.

Please see below to find out more about what you will experience at each school.


The Specialist Module I at Bath University is called “Global Europe: Roles and Comparisons.” This module has a strong IR focus. Courses include: Organised Crime in Europe: Threats and Challenges, International Security: the Contemporary Agenda, Britain and Europe, International Organisations in World Politics, Economic Foreign Policy and International Trade, Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution.

Specialist Module II’s main emphasis at the University of Bath is on the issue of IR and is called “European Perspectives on International Relations and Security”. Since the end of the Cold War, the concept of security has been increasingly broadly defined. The Bath Specialist II Module includes such courses as European Union policies and policy-making, Scopes and Methods of Politics and International Relations, Comparative European Politics, International Security, Theories & Concepts, Memory Culture-Memory Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Governance.


In Berlin TransAtlantic Studies students will begin in February with a pre-semester mini-module. They will have the option to take German-language classes as well as a workshop on research design and methods in political science and a thematic Colloquium. Humboldt and Free Universities will offer a Specialist I module called “Democratic Government in Europe.” Courses may include: Comparative European Government, Facets of Europeanization, and Foreign and Security Policy in Europe. This module is offered in German. Please note that some of the coursework during this module will be offered in English. However, the universities in Berlin have now set a standard of B2 / intermediate German-language ability (in the CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). This level serves as a guideline intended to help applicants determine whether to pursue study in Berlin. Past site visits during this module in Berlin have taken students to the parliament and an NGO called Lobby-watch Berlin’s Specialist Module II for TransAtlantic Studies students is called “Democratisation and Political Change”. Course titles include: Facets of Europeanisation, Europe’s Borders and Neighbors, and Democracy and Democratisation in Europe.
German-Turkish Studies track students in their second year of the program will take classes at Humboldt University in Berlin. Their core courses will be “Germany, Turkey and the EU” and “German Democracy in Comparison.” Language classes as well as electives will be on offer as well.


Our newest TransAtlantic Studies track partner is Sciences Po Grenoble in the French Alps. TAM students who opt to study here must speak French. They join the School of European Governance’s (l’Ecole de Gouvernance européenne) MA Program at Sciences Po Grenoble for one or two semesters of overseas coursework. In the spring semester, the Specialist Module I at S-P Grenoble offers courses from January to March. Course titles may include: Europeanisation of public policies, Politiques européennes de l’environnement, Droit social de l’Union européenne, Contentieux européen, Economic Governance, and EU External Action. TAM students then take part in individual study courses with S-P Grenoble faculty. In the fall semester, or SM II, TAM students in Grenoble take classes such as Séminaire EU Law and Politics, Les entreprises et les sociétés dans l’Union européenne, Parliaments and Parties in the EU, Interest groups and collective action in the EU, Public Opinion in the UE, and The Relations between Europe and the US Since World War II.


Students will need to be proficient in Spanish to study at Complutense University in Madrid (CMU) and to take part in this module. The courses will most likely focus on Spain in Europe and the Mediterranean. Course titles may include The Europeanization of Spanish Foreign Policy, Economic Governance of the Mediterranean Countries in the European Context, Immigration in Spain: between Europe and North Africa, Political Geography and Geopolitics of Europe, European Political Systems, and The Construction of the European Social Model. In addition, it may be possible for students to enroll in classes such as Supranational Regulation of European Social Policies, Challenges of Contemporary Political Parties in Europe, and Europeanization of Equality Policies.
TAM students who study at CMU for SMI will have the option to remain on site and enroll in mainstream courses in Spanish for SMII. The Faculty of Political Science and Sociology there currently offers twelve different MA degree programs, comprising a total of 200 courses in different fields such as Political Science, Methodology, IR, Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and Government. In semester three, SMII TAM students will be able to choose five courses of interest from a wide range of options.


The Siena’s Specialist Module II, “From National to Global: Changing Perspectives on a Changing World”, is offered in collaboration with the MA in Political Science at the University of Siena. The Module examines the particular pressures to which Italy is subject. Course titles may include: Multiculturalism in Europe: the Mediterranean Dimension, From the Nation State to European Polity, The Political Economy of the EU, National Perspectives: Italy, Europe and the EU, European Perspectives: Migration, Culture, Markets, and Europe in Global Perspective. This module is primarily taught in English.


At the VU in Amsterdam, courses focus on comparative welfare states, international political economy, international security, and global environmental governance. Some research internships may be available to TAM students who study at the VU.


In Bremen, research internships are often available to TAM students and can serve as an integral part of the program. Some of these positions may be paid. In addition, social policy coursework focuses on the economy and on health policy. We specifically recommend International and European Social Policy and Comparative Social Policy. These are both courses offered through Bremen’s MA Program in Social Policy. In addition, TAM students may also have the option to take classes through other MA programs offered in English at Bremen and at nearby Jacobs University.


At UPF, course titles may include Statistical Analysis I, Electoral Systems, Multiculturality and Immigration Policies, The Welfare State, Globalization and European Integration, Democracy and Political Liberalism, Social Policy and the Welfare State, Electoral Competition and Voting Behaviour, and Migration and Society.


TAM is currently pursuing a partnership with the Center for European Studies at Gothenburg University in Sweden. This Center runs under the auspices of Gothenburg’s Department of Political Science. We anticipate that Gothenburg will join TAM’s European Governance consortium and will offer a double degree program in starting in 2018. Within this proposed track, TAM students will have the opportunity to spend one year at UNC-CH and the following year at the University of Gothenburg – pending agreement signature in the fall of 2017. Once in Sweden, during the second year in the program, students who choose this option will join Gothenburg’s Master’s of European Studies (MAES) Program. Click to see which courses will likely be offered.

Semester one, autumn semester, at CES-UoG

One of the following three semi-elective courses:

  • European Environment and Energy (15 ECTS credits, code EU2210)
  • Europe in the World (15 ECTS credits, code EU2215)
  • Social Europe (15 ECTS credits, code EU2220)

Both core courses:

  • European Integration: Current Research and Theory (5 ECTS credits, code EU2121)
  • Integrating European Markets (10 ECTS credits, code EU2120)

Semester two, spring semester, at CES-UoG

Master Thesis for European Studies (30 ECTS credits, code EU2500), In practice, the thesis course starts already during the mid-autumn semester.

Gothenburg’s Center for European Studies has existing double degree programs in place with

the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz in Germany and the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

In late May 2017 STINT – The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education – awarded Gothenburg’s Center for European Studies a grant for double-degree program development. This two-year award has enabled our colleagues at Gothenburg to start a new double degree collaboration with TAM. STINT’s international board of reviewers ranked the funding application very highly, and Gothenburg’s Faculty of Social Sciences will provide matching funds.

Please find further information, including sample syllabi, here.


Please note that UNC-CH has placed restrictions on study and travel to Turkey due to security concerns. Please check the Travel Warning section of UNC Global’s website to stay up-to-date on this situation. Students in this track currently have the choice to study in Chapel Hill or Berlin for their second semester in the program.

In Ankara, at the Middle East Technical University, German-Turkish Studies TAM students take two required content courses: A German-Turkish Joint Seminar called “Current Issues of Social and Political Transformations” and a course called “Turkey, the Middle East and Eurasia.” Students also take a German- or Turkish-language course as well as an elective. Past electives have included such classes as “Politics of Migration in Europe” and “Human Rights Issues in Europe.”


Paying for TAM

An affordable program that gives you options.

When it comes to affording TAM, you have options. We deliberately keep tuition low as we wish to make the TAM experience as accessible as possible to those who share our passion for European Studies and Transatlantic Affairs. In the past, TAM students have received funding in the way of Foreign Language Area Studies awards, Fulbright awards, Ford Foundation Fellowships, IREX grants,Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) funding, and DAAD scholarships. We are also able to offer a few tuition remissions each year. Many students will also take out federal loans to support their TAM studies.

Program Tuition

We expect that total program tuition will be $20,000 in the 2017-18 and 2018-2019 academic years. Students will be billed $5,000 each semester by the UNC Cashier’s Office. This tuition rate applies to all TAM tracks and covers instruction at all sites involved. Please note that we do expect the double-degree program to be slightly longer in duration (August graduation) and to cost an additional $5,000. Students are guaranteed access to academic facilities at the participating universities. Please note that the UNC Cashier’s Office will apply student fees to your account.

TAM program tuition does not cover certain minor charges at some universities. Access to recreational facilities at UNC, for example, requires payment of a nominal fee. Cost-of-living estimates will vary according to individual circumstances and according to the sites and residences chosen by different students. Further, changes in exchange rates may impact these estimates. Please contact the TAM Office for more detailed financial information.

Financial Aid


Loans – US Degree:

Students enrolled in the UNC M.A. in Political Science who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply for US federal loans through the UNC Financial Aid office. You can begin this process by applying online at FAFSA before Feb. 15th, to meet Carolina’s priority deadline of March 1.

Loans – European Degrees:

Students pursuing one of the European degrees may be eligible to receive loans from private organizations. Students are free to choose a loan with a private lender of their choice.


The TAM program awards a limited number of tuition remissions to reduce the program fee. If you wish to be considered for a merit-based TAM scholarship, please include a brief statement to that effect in your application. In addition, three to four full scholarships (one full academic year’s tuition plus a stipend of $15,000) will usually be awarded to incoming TAM students.


If awarded an academic year FLAS, you would take a language course (most likely Turkish, Arabic or Portuguese) during your first two semesters in the program. You may also wish to apply for a summer FLAS award to fund language study during the summer between your two TAM years.
You can merge the research and personal statements and talk about how you hope to use both the language and TAM training in your future research and career. Note that for FLAS awards, priority is given to those planning a career in US Government service.
Letters for FLAS should address both your abilities as a student as well as your ability/need/aptitude for language study. If possible, these letters should address the relevance of your language choice and TAM program to your future career. This is not always something you or the letter-writer will know about, but it is a very useful add-on if available.
Yes, you should list the courses you will be taking in TAM; they are all pre-qualified as FLAS area studies courses. In addition you should identify an appropriate-level language course from that department’s website. If you can’t find the directory of courses online, then that’s fine. Instead, simply mention what level language course you would enroll in. For now don’t worry about scheduling. If you get the award, Sarah will work with you to find an appropriate language course that doesn’t conflict with the TAM required courses.

FLAS Funding Award

The FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) funding is made available by the US Department of Education through the Center for European Studies (CES). This program encourages US citizens, who intend to pursue careers in US government service, to attain a high level of foreign-language proficiency. Therefore, to be eligible for this award, you must possess:

  • US citizenship or permanent residency;
  • An interest in pursuing a career in US government service;
  • The intention to pursue a UNC-CH degree;
  • The willingness to pursue formal foreign-language training while at UNC-CH in the fall;
  • The intention and documented ability to complete at least one of your overseas modules at a site where you can continue to study your target foreign-language or the intention to enroll in two semesters of advanced foreign-language training at UNC-CH if you enroll in TAM’s European Governance track;

If you meet the above criteria and wish to be considered in the open competition for the FLAS award, please indicate your interest within your TAM personal statement and refer to the following website for relevant details. Please note that FLAS requires a separate application.

Please make the TAM office aware of your interest in the FLAS award at the time you apply. Please note that you will probably hear about TAM admission decisions BEFORE you hear about decisions regarding FLAS.

Alumni-Funded Travel Awards

Each year one student will be selected to receive transatlantic travel funding. This award comes from the generous alumni donations made to the program. Travel awards represent one of the many ways in which TAM graduates consistently give back to the program.

Alumni Network

Visit the Alumni Network page to view recent graduate placements, alumni profiles, and contact information for the alumni board. Please feel free to email with questions about the program, and we will try to connect you with a graduate.