CLE Master program in European Literary Cultures

University of Bologna

Program Description

CLE Master program in European Literary Cultures

University of Bologna

About CLE
The program seeks to provide a high-quality preparation reflecting the multicultural aspects of Europe. The CLE Master Course is a program devoted to improving the quality of European Higher Education and strengthening intercultural communication. The program encourages and supports:

  • cooperation as well as student, scholar and staff exchange among universities;
  • the worldwide promotion of the image of the European Union as a space of academic excellence;
  • communication between the university and cultural institutions and enterprises (Museums, Publishers, Foundations) as well as public and private companies;
  • better career opportunities for its graduates and access to the international workforce.

The CLE Master Course aims at providing international students with excellent T-shaped skills in:

  • at least three European languages (English – mandatory, two other languages among French, Italian and Greek);
  • at least three domains of European culture and thought (Literature, Art, Cultural History, Ethics and Aesthetics, Science of Language).

The CLE Master Course is a two-year full-time academic program. At the end of the two-year program, after defending their Master’s thesis before an international committee, CLE students receive multiple diplomae issued by the universities of the consortium where they spent at least one semester. The language in which the courses are offered may vary according to the University providing them. Over the years, many additional activities (seminars, conferences, workshops, language courses) have been entrusted to high-profile scholars/guest lecturers. The CLE intends to maintain and reinforce this successful collaboration pattern. Participating universities :

  • Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, ITALIA
  • Université de Haute-Alsace (Mulhouse), FRANCE
  • Université de Strasbourg, FRANCE
  • Aristoteleion Panepistimion Thessaloniki, ELLAS
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Dakar), SÉNÉGAL


The CLE Master’s program teaches students how to manage the manifold aspects of the European scene, offering them a multicultural education along three main methodological lines:

Cultural education in at least three domains of the European thought, ranging from literature to history and language sciences. High-level European languages education, complementing in-class with on-site practice in at least two countries of the consortium.

Dynamic education thanks to his program of international exchange. The CLE Master’s program wants to train dynamic and critical experts in the humanities, with a good awareness of country-specific problems and the ability to make competent decisions, relying on their rich cultural baggage.

Skill-based education intended to prepare the students to meet the needs of the job market. The CLE Master’s program offers several complementary activities (seminars with international scholars and professionals) aiming to improve at best its student’s skills and to promote the employability. Therefore, the CLE Master also includes a one-week workshop studied to implement its student’s competencies and creativity as well as their knowledge of the job market.

The Humanities and Enterprises Annual Dialogue (H.E.A.D.) project

H.E.A.D. is a project of the CLE Erasmus Mundus Master (European Literary Cultures) that was conceived to create a bridge between the world of liberal arts education and the labor market to open up new research perspectives and professional horizons for students as well as for the enterprises involved in the project. The project intends to face two issues of the moment: the humanities, what role do they play in today’s labor market? Is it possible to establish an economy based on culture? To underline the value of liberal arts education and to promote its student’s professional integration, H.E.A.D. has been developed as both an educational and a research program based on a strong collaboration between the universities of the Consortium and professionals.

The non-university CLE associated partners are companies, cultural institutions, associations, publishers, archives, and foundations, involved in the different aspects of the program and in particular in the frame of the H.E.A.D. project.

Academic competence

Students who obtain the Master degree in European Literary Cultures should possess a level of competence which corresponds to the “second cycle descriptor level” of the Tuning Project for European Studies. They should be able:

  • to interpret events, developments and EU policies in national, regional and local areas;
  • to use different disciplinary methodologies in a complementary way;
  • to develop a guided research project and to work independently;
  • to understand and interpret EU policies;
  • to understand and interpret ideas and concepts from Europe and European integration;
  • to communicate in several international languages, using appropriate terminology (through Mobility)
  • to move to different countries and possess good attitudes of cultural understanding (thanks to the mobility requirement).

As far as educational goals are concerned, a masters graduate from this program should:

  1. know at least three European languages (English, French, and Italian and/or Greek, depending on the mobility chosen);
  2. know the different methodologies of literary studies (national literature, comparative literature, literature and computer science etc.);
  3. be able to develop a comprehensive bibliography, a research record and a research paper on a topic concerning European literature;
  4. know at least three areas of methodologies (eg, history of literature, textual analysis, history, art history, history of ideas etc..) to analyze the production of European culture in depth;
  5. know the history and culture of Europe in order to contextualize the literary production in the broader context of European cultural history.

Career Opportunities

The main career perspectives for CLE graduates are: Doctoral research focused on European literature and cultures. The European Doctorate in Higher Education (DESE), «Les Littératures de l’Europe unie» is structured to develop the Master Erasmus Mundus CLE objectives. A career in the European cultural institutions or local authorities involving a cultural program (development and international exhibitions, the development and management of cultural exchange programs; development of cultural contents in various types of associations).

Therefore the CLE Master's program encourages students contacts and collaboration with several institutions such as linguistic and cultural centers, foundations, museums, and publishers. A career in the private sector, requiring book-related skills (translations, philological editions) or multicultural skills (cultural mediation, social responsibility agenda), journalism, literary criticism, radio or tv broadcasting, copyediting, public relations. For this reason, the CLE Master’s Program includes several occasions for its students to meet, discuss and collaborate with professionals in these various sectors.

There is a very good employability of CLE graduated students in Ph.D. and cultural institutions or enterprises. Here are the results of CLE survey about their position after graduation in the job market from 2010 until 2014. It shows that the 35% carried on their activity in Ph.D. and the 65% found a position in teaching, management, translation, intercultural relations, media and communication, freelance, art.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Greek

Last updated November 16, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
2 years
Full time