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Master in Advanced European and International Studies – Mediterranean Studies

The Master in Advanced European and International Studies – Mediterranean Studies is a one-year programme that takes place in three different cities: Nice, Tunis and Istanbul.

The Master is an international, interdisciplinary and itinerant programme which aims to educate the next generation of Euro-Mediterranean decision-makers. Following the motto “Learning and living the Mediterranean”, students rotate their place of study each term, moving from Nice to Tunis and then to Istanbul, including a study trip to Dakar, Senegal. Small class sizes enable students to actively engage with course material; our professors offer personalised advice as students conduct research and write their theses.

Our partners:

  • Université Centrale, Tunis
  • Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul

Quick facts

Full-time Duration 10 months
Starting Date October
Tuition Fee €8,900
Study Destinations Nice, Tunis and Istanbul

Overview of the academic year

October to December: Nice
Introduction to the institutional architecture of the EU and its neighbourhood policy.
Workshops in international negotiations, intercultural communication and EU-decision- making practices; simulation and mid-term exams;

January to March: Tunis
In partnership with Université Centrale,
A unique experience of the historic democratisation process that turned the nobel-peace-prize-winning country into a role model throughout the MENA region.
Courses, workshops and written exams.
An Arab language course is compulsory for non-Arab speakers.
Three-week study trip to Dakar.

April to June: Istanbul
In partnership with Istanbul Bilgi University.
Courses on the dynamics of EU–Turkey relations, including questions of migration and climate action.
End of courses and workshops – Written exams
– Finalising research work,
– defence of the thesis,
– final oral exams,
– Graduation ceremony

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“This Master not only represents a great opportunity to theoretically understand the dynamics characterising the magnificent, but extremely challenging region of the Mediterranean, but also gives the chance to experience it at first hand. Studying in Nice, Tunis and Rome offered a more holistic perspective of the similarities and differences between Mediterranean societies. Alternating academic research and remarkable adventures in these countries with a culturally diverse group of students is definitely the added value of this programme.

– Leo Liay, Current position: Project Coordinator, The Asia Foundation, Philippines

Programme structure & learning outcomes

Teaching modules
Five basic modules form the framework of teaching and research at CIFE. International guest lecturers, experts from various European and international organisations, as well as researchers from partner institutions contribute to these modules.

  1. Conflict Management and Peacemaking
  2. Economics, Sustainable Development, Inequalities and Forms of Poverty
  3. Regional Integration and Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation
  4. Mediterranean Societies and Cultures
  5. Professional Skills Workshops

Teaching methods
The programme offers problem-focused learning at the crossroads of theory and practice. Students gain a strong academic background and are prepared for the job market through a variety of trainings in professional and practical skills.