Master in Advanced European and International Studies – Trilingual Studies – Nice-Canterbury-Berlin


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Program Description

Learning and living in Europe in three languages

The trilingual branch (French, English, German) of the Master in Advanced European and International Studies (MAEIS) is targeted at students who have completed their undergraduate studies. Its objective is to give students an overarching vision of the political, social, economic, and cultural challenges of today’s world.

The MAEIS is a one-year ­programme, subdivided into three terms, plus an optional internship (3-6 months).

The Master’s programme follows an original approach which distinguishes it from other Master’s courses in European Studies and International Relations. The MAEIS is an international, interdisciplinary and itinerant programme. It is also unique in its multilingual approach to learning.

Following the slogan “Learning and living Europe”, the participants rotate each trimester, moving their place of studies from Nice to Canterbury and then to Berlin.

Degree and recognition

Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded two certifications at the end of the academic year:

  • Master in Advanced European and International Studies: This is the diploma of CIFE, certifying the successful completion of the academic curriculum and granting 60 ECTS credits at Master level (or 90 ECTS including the optional internship).
  • The degree qualification Chargé de mission en organisations européennes et internationales (Policy Officer in European and International Organisations), recognised by the French state as a degree at Master level (level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework EQF).

Career prospects

The graduates of CIFE’s Master’s programmes work as Senior officials in European institutions, policy officers within the UN framework, administrators, diplomats, consultants, researchers for think tanks, lobbyists, and academic experts.

Admission requirements

This graduate programme is aimed at students who have already completed a first degree (minimum of three years of study at the university level). Furthermore, this Master is trilingual and its students must have a very good knowledge of English, and at least a passive knowledge of French and German.

You can find more detailed information about the admission requirements at

Applications for the academic year 2020/21 are accepted until latest 15 June 2020.

Overview of the academic year

The programme starts off in Nice (October–December) and encompasses introductory classes for all of the five modules, complemented by international conferences and seminars dealing with current world political events. This term is concluded with a mid-term exam.

The second term takes place in Canterbury (January–March) at our partner university, the University of Kent. During this term, students choose three courses among the curriculum proposed by the School of Politics and International Relations of the University, in line with their specialisation. At the end of the term, students write an essay for each of their three courses. A one-week study trip to the European Union and international organisations in Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg is organised during this period.

During the third term in Berlin (April–June), the programme aims to deepen the students’ understanding of European integration and contemporary problems in international relations. Our partner in Berlin, the Institut für Europäische Politik, provides a dialogue with European integration experts and offers insight into political life in Berlin. Students will have the opportunity to advance their research work, as they are free of obligations during the last weeks of the term. The programme concludes with the defence of the thesis and oral exams. With their graduation, students become part of CIFE’s worldwide Alumni network.

After graduation, students who have chosen the internship option will do a professional internship (from three to six months). The internship can be accomplished in a European institution, an international organisation, national diplomatic agency, consultancy, non-governmental organisation or research institute. At the end of the internship, students submit a substantial internship report, which is assessed by a board of examiners. The Master, the internship and the validated internship report will lead to a degree equivalent to 90 ECTS.

Teaching modules

  • The EU in a multipolar world

The module aims at enriching students’ understanding of the similarities, differences and interactions of national foreign policies in a globalised world. It considers emerging patterns of international politics, including international law and international tribunals, globalisation and transatlantic relations, as well as conflict management.

  • Policy-Making in the EU

This module aims at familiarizing the students, who could well become the next generation of European and international decision-makers, with expert knowledge of the structures, institutions, law and policies of the European Union, as well as of the historical development of European unification.

  • Democracy, Federalism and Governance

This module provides an original perspective on contemporary political institutions, through varied federal and multilevel governance frameworks. It deals with issues such as diffusion and balance of power, sovereignty, minorities, democratic representation, economic coordination, and European integration.

  • Economic and Monetary Integration and Globalisation

The key fact of the last twenty-five years has been the manifold increase of exchanges across the world, in particular in the context of a transition of socialist countries to a market economy and of the rise of new powers. Within this framework, the module analyses the exchanges of goods, services and capitals between countries, considering WTO rules of free trade as well as protectionism.

  • Professional Skills Workshops

This module equips the participants with professional skills and competencies that will enable them to work in European and international cooperation. Seminars and workshops on:

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

Have a look at our video to learn more about the experiences of the participants!

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) was created in 1954. Its founders, in particular, Alexandre Marc, understood the urgent necessity to train professionals and citizens in the sub ... Read More

The Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) was created in 1954. Its founders, in particular, Alexandre Marc, understood the urgent necessity to train professionals and citizens in the subject of a united Europe. CIFE is a private non-profit-making international organisation which includes several European studies courses as well as conferences, seminars and publications. Read less
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