Master Program in Advanced European and International Studies - Learning and living the Mediterranean 2017/2018,

Publish Date: Jun 22, 2017

Deadline: Jul 01, 2017

MAEIS - Mediterranean studies

Learning and living the Mediterranean

  • 2 languages (English, French)
  • 3 places (Nice, Tunis, Rome)
  • A one-year programme (October-July)
  • 60 ECTS
  • In cooperation with the Université Internationale de Tunis (UIT), the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain (IRMC), Tunis, the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), the University La Sapienza, Rome,
    and Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul

 The curriculum includes five modules:

  • Conflict Management and Peacemaking
  • Sustainable Development and Globalisation
  • Regional Integration and Transformation
  • Mediterranean Politics and Societies
  • Professional Skills Workshops

Overview of the Academic Year

The programme of Mediterranean studies is structured into three terms:

The first term (October to January) starts in the European Union, in Nice, France. It encompasses classes on the basics of the five modules (Conflict Management and Peace Making, Sustainable Development and Globalisation, Regional Integration and Transformation, Mediterranean Politics and Societies as well as Professional Skills Workshops). Studying in France helps the students to analyse the Mediterranean region and Euro-Mediterranean relations from an EU perspective. Courses will introduce to the institutional architecture of the EU and its neighbourhood policy. They will also discuss the shared risks of populism, terrorism and climate change. Mid-term exams will take place in December. The trimester concludes with a simulation exercise.

The second term (January to April) starts off in Tunis, Tunisia. Our cooperation partner, the Université Internationale de Tunis, is famous for its integration of international students in Tunisia. Thanks to our partner, the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain (IRMC), students will have access to the expertise and the library of one of the most renowned think tanks in the Maghreb. Researchers from the region will analyse transformation processes in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean in times of globalisation. Studying in Tunisia will provide the students with a unique experience of a historic democratisation process that turns the nobelpeace-prize winning country into a role model throughout the MENA region. For non-Arab speakers an Arab language course is compulsory.

A study trip to Istanbul will take place during the 2nd or the 3rd term.

The programme concludes in Rome, Italy (April to July) where the courses are organised in cooperation with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), one of the leading European think tanks, and our long-term partner, the Sapienza University. Special focus will be given to Foreign Policy Analysis (EU, Russia, US, Iran), as well as migration, poverty and food security, including visits of relevant UN institutions. A workshop in Istanbul will deal with the changing EU-Turkey relations. Students will 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 in the “eternal city”, students become part of CIFE’s worldwide Alumni network.

Mediterranean studies - Admission Requirements

The Programme is targeted at students who have completed their undergraduate studies.

Language requirements

Candidates must have an active knowledge of French and English.
As proof of your knowledge of the two languages you may join the following documents to your application:

• A recent certificate of a language institute (such as Institut Français, British Council or other) – IELTS/TOEFL/BULAT/DELF etc. or
• One or several references of your professors, stating your level of mastery of the language or
• A statement of an anglophone or francophone university, certifying that you have followed at least two terms in one or the other language.

The minumum level accepted is B1 for one of the two languages and B2 for the second language.

Registration procedure

Candidates must submit a registration dossier to the IE·EI secretariat.
They can either apply via the online application form or send the application form  by email or postal mail.

This dossier must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Letter stating the candidate’s reasons for application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Passport-size photograph of the candidate
  • Copies of university diplomas and transcripts of records (with an official translation, if not in French or English)
  • List and summary of research papers written during your studies (maximum 3 pages)
  • Two reference letters
  • Documents certifying adequate knowledge of the required languages 

Selection of applications

Candidates will be selected by a committee of faculty members, headed by the Director of the Institute.
The selection committee meets regularly in order to examine incoming applications.


The deadline for application is 1 July 2017.

Applications which arrive after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list and will be considered if and when students who have already been selected cancel their participation. The last meeting of the selection committee  usually takes place during the summer break.

In any case, applications and requests for financial aid should reach the IE·EI as early as possible in order to have the best chances of success.



Tuition for the Master of Advanced European and International Studies - Mediterranean studies is: 8 900 €.

This sum covers the following:

• Teaching and Mentoring
• Cost of preparation, registration and processing of the application
• Administration of the student’s file following acceptance, for the duration of the academic year
• The accommodation in Tunis
• The programme-related travel expenses with the group:
- Nice → Tunis
- Tunis → Rome
• The travel and accommodation costs during the study trip in Istanbul

• Enrolment to the different libraries
• Supply of reading material for seminars
• Free use (limited), of the Institute’s photocopying machine for research purposes
• Free use of computers and printers for internet research and word processing
• Free Wi-Fi access in the different study locations (Nice, Tunis and Rome)
• Participation in international colloquia organised by CIFE
• Participation in conferences organised specifically for students of the IE•EI


• Accommodation in Nice and Rome is at the students' charge. The secretariat of IE•EI cannot assist students in finding accommodation. It can, however, provide a list of addresses and give advice for students looking for accommodation in the two cities.
Please note, the costs for accommodation in Nice range between 250 € (for a room in a students residence) and 550 € per month (private students residences or shared flat).
In Rome, the costs for accommodation range between 400 et 600 € per month.

• Students have to cover the costs for the arrival and the return trip from their residence to the study location as well as any other individual trips.

• Students have to provide for themselves as far as general living expenses are concerned.

• IE•EI students that have a bank account in France (and are aged under 28 on 1st October of the current academic year) can adhere to the French Social Security scheme for students. It covers medical treatment and surgery. They can subsequently apply for the cost-free establishment of a European health card which is valid in all Member States of the European Union.
All students who do not have a French bank account have to give proof of detaining a health insurance.

• Students have access - at their own expenses - to the university restaurants in Nice, Tunis and Rome



Scholarships to cover the total or partial costs of tuition and living expenses can be granted by different organisations depending on the nationality of the applicant.
1. In some countries candidates may obtain scholarships from their universities or from different organisations and associations, national and international. If you want to apply for a scholarship to these institutions, please contact them directly.
2. Fellowships from the French Government for foreign students can also be obtained. Candidates should contact the cultural services at the French Embassy in their country where they may obtain useful information on the procedures to follow.
The deadline for applications for fellowships of the French Government is the end of the calendar year preceding the academic year you apply for.
3. Candidates can also ask for student loans from banks in France or in others countries.


Candidates who are not able to obtain a fellowship from one of the above mentioned organisations may ask for financial aid from CIFE.
A limited number of fellowships can be awarded to particularly qualified candidates who are not able to cover the cost of their studies and stay. This fund could be established due to a special contribution from CIFE.

Required conditions:

1. Fulfill all conditions for admission.
2. Show a strong commitment to the idea of the programme.
3. Be unable to obtain any other form of financial aid (private or government fellowships, personal income, parents’ help, etc.).

Important! In order to substantiate their application, candidates must attach the following papers:

A letter giving detailed information of their personal resources.
All documents which prove that their request for financial assistance is justified.
Only students applying for the IE•EI's Master in Advanced European and International Studies are eligible to receive these scholarships.

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