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Executive Master in EU Studies

Truly European Education

The Executive Master in EU Studies offers a different brand of higher education to national universities. Participants come from a great variety of countries and backgrounds. Over two years, they share a unique academic experience, by working in constant exchange with our renowned experts. Every three months, they gather for a face-to-face workshop, each time in a different city, by discovering the diversity of current Europe and creating an international network among themselves. At the end of the two-year curriculum, they have not only acquired expert knowledge about the EU, but they have also gained a close insight into the realities of today’s Europe.

Combining academic excellence with work-related competences

The Executive Master follows an original educational concept, by blending high-level academic teaching with insights into the professional world and practical trainings delivered by experienced practitioners. It combines the methodological rigour of an academic graduate programme with the interactive learning tools necessary to acquire skills in negotiating, drafting policy papers and defending positions. Participants not only carry out their individual research, but also learn how to manage an international project.

Quick facts

Full-time Duration 2 years
Starting Date October
Tuition Fee €9,800
Online with Workshops in Berlin, Rome, Budapest, Brussels, Vienna, Barcelona and Nice

At the cutting edge of digital learning methods

CIFE was a pioneer in digital higher education when setting up one of the first qualifying degree programmes in European integration studies in 2007. The learning tools of the programme have been constantly updated and enriched with webcasts, webinars, and fora discussions.

Advancing in your professional life

Graduates from all disciplines are welcome in the programme, which gives ample leeway to different approaches. The Executive Master in EU Studies is targeted at participants who are looking for in-depth knowledge of the European Union, the most exciting endeavour in international political cooperation. We have trained professionals currently working for ministries, national, European or international organisations and NGOs who are seeking to change jobs, to climb the career ladder or to refresh what they have studied before starting their professional life, but also individuals simply curious to learn more about the EU.

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Flexibility for part-time students

We offer a Master programme adapted to the needs of professionals. The flexibility of our online classes and face-to-face weekend workshops allow our participants to combine work and study at the same time. If you cannot commit to the whole Executive Master programme at a given time, we offer even more flexibility by extending you the possibility to complete the first year, receive a certificate including the ECTS credits gained until that point and continue the programme at a later stage.

“I appreciated very much how the programme combined the flexibility offered by distance learning with weekend workshops in different European cities. Getting to know my fellow students as well as the professors and CIFE staff in these workshops was a very positive experience and I learned a lot from the encounters with experts from EU institutions, national governments and NGOs. I also acquired valuable practical skills that are relevant for my day-to-day work.”

– Frederic Fender, Current position: Analyst, European Central Bank

Teaching methods

Our Methods – virtual and personal


The Executive Master offers state-of-the-art blended learning through interactive online courses with moderated fora, regular teaching and recap webinars, own instructional videos and individual supervision online.

Study progress is controlled by participation of the course forum discussions and assignments.


The face-to-face workshops, which complement the virtual activities of the Executive Master in EU Studies, take place in different European cities like BerlinRomeBudapest, Vienna, BarcelonaNice or Brussels. During these workshops the participants have the opportunity to meet representatives of European institutions, national decision makers in charge of European and international matters and experts from the public and private sectors. Thus they gain greater insights into the working environment of these organisations. Written exams take place during the workshops.