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Key Facts


•  Teaching language: English

•  Study Destinations: Berlin, Nice, Rome/ Istanbul

• Duration: A one-year programme from October to June + optional professional internship (3-6 months) 

•  Credits: 60 ECTS + 30 ECTS (optional internship and internship report)

•  Application deadline: 15 May 2018

•  Starting Date: October 2018

•  Partners: Istituto Affari Internazionali and EuroSapienza, Rome; Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul

 

 

 

Overview of the academic year

The Master in Advanced European and International Studies - European Integration and Global Studies is a one-year programme and takes place in three different cities:

October to December: Berlin
Classes on the basics of all the five modules; simulation.

January to March: Nice
Mid-term exams; study trip to the European institutions and international organisations in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg.

In Nice, teaching focuses on the current international order, examining the reasons for confl ict and the perspectives for cooperation. Lectures explore Europe's policies in diverse fi elds (trade, democracy promotion, confl ict resolution, climate change, development aid) to explain how important a role the EU plays on the international stage.
At the same time, the programme looks into the current challenges the European integration project is facing (euroscepticism, the challenges of economic governance, Brexit, refugee crisis). During this term, students take their mid-term exams.
A one-week study trip takes them to European and international institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. Visits to the European Council, the European Commission and NATO are highlights of the stay in Brussels, whereas Strasbourg hosts not only the headquarters of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rignts, but also the plenary sessions of the European Parliament. Students listen to a debate in the chamber and meet for a discussion with a Member of the European Parliament. In Luxembourg, visits include the Court of Justice of the European Union and Eurostat. The students meet with public officials who explain the mission of their institution and aspects of their work. These visits enable the students to gain an insight into the working environment of European and international organisations, to make useful contacts and to learn about recruitment procedures.

April to June: Rome or Istanbul
According to their choice, students will do their third trimester either in Rome or in Istanbul. Finalising research work, defence of the thesis, final oral exams, Graduation ceremony

In Rome, special focus is given to the Mediterranean region and Africa with particular emphasis on the issues of migration, poverty and food security. Students will visit relevant UN institutions.

In Istanbul, students study the changing EU-Turkey relations and focus on area studies of the Black Sea region, the Caucasus including ENP, and Central Asia.

During the third term, students have the opportunity to advance in their research work, as they are free of obligations from mid-May to mid-June to work on their thesis. The programme concludes with the defence of the thesis and oral exams. With their graduation, students become part of CIFE’s wide Alumni network.

 

Programme structure & learning outcomes

Teaching modules
Five basic modules form the framework of teaching and research at CIFE-IE•EI. International guest lecturers, experts from various European and international organisations, as well as researchers from partner institutions contribute to these modules.
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- International relations theories
- Current major conflict zones, with a focus on the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe
- Foreign policy analysis of major actors
- Conflict and violence studies
- International law and transitional justice

- EU integration history
- EU institutions and policies
- Current EU challenges and reform projects
- EU external relations with major actors
- Enlargement and partnership projects

- Comparative analysis of federal institutions/states
- Institutional challenges of multi-level governance
- Federalism as a tool for conflict resolution
- Case studies (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Myanmar, etc.)

- Overview of the world economy
- Characteristics and challenges of economic globalization
- Global management of trade, currency and international financial issues
- EU economics: policies, challenges, reforms
- Key sustainable development challenges: climate change, energy, access to water, etc.

- Project cycle management
- Intercultural communication
- International mediation and negotiation
- Communicating on social media
- Drafting of position papers and policy recommendations
- Career workshop

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Teaching methods
Problem-focused learning at the crossroads of theory and practice: the  programme offers students a strong academic background and prepares for the job market through a variety of trainings in practical skills.

Our programmes are designed to offer a teaching method which is academic and at the same time directed towards the professional world. We aim to give students the ability to enter into dialogue with decision-makers from both the economic and the political world, stakeholders, diplomats as well as officials from international and European organisations. This broad outlook is made possible by the wide variety of our lecturers, the visits organised to different European countries and our relationship with our carefully selected international partners. Our in-house panel of experts contributes to the rich content of the modules.

The international composition of our groups enables our students to gain maximum advantage from participating each year in various role games to enhance their understanding of problems of collective action and the art of negotiation in different environments such as the EU, the UN and federal states. Research for the thesis at the end of the programme will enable students to delve into a specific subject in more detail and acquire important skills for the job market. In our documentation centre, reviews, books and a great number of electronic resources are at the students’ disposal. Our lectures are accompanied by an online learning management system, facilitating communication between students, lecturers and staff.

  Entry requirements & How to apply
 
 

• For students who have completed their undergraduate studies.

• Good knowledge of English and French  required.

• The easiest way to apply is via the online application form.

• Deadline for application: 15 May 2018.

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Fees & Funding

Tuition fee is 8 900 €.
This amount covers study fees for the whole length of the programme, the accommodation in Nice, study-related travel expenses between the different locations (Berlin-Nice; Nice-Rome/Istanbul); return flight and the accommodation during the study trip to Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg etc.

Scholarships to cover the total or partial costs of tuition and living expenses can be granted by different organisations. A limited number of scholarships can be awarded by CIFE to particularly qualified candidates.

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Degree and title


Graduates receive two certifications:
- The Master in Advanced European and International Studies. This is the diploma of CIFE as a private institute of higher education, certifying the successful completion of the academic curriculum and granting 60 ECTS at Master level.

- The degree qualification "Policy Officer in European and International organisations" (level 7 EQF), recognised by the French state.

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