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Master in Advanced European and International Studies, Trilingual studies

Course Description

The “Master in Advanced European and International Studies” provides an overarching and extensive view of the political, social, economic and cultural issues of the present times. Its encompassing teaching method and study-trips help the students to gain a complete understanding of international politics. The programme follows an original approach that distinguishes it from other Master's courses in European Studies and International Relations: the Trilingual branch is taught in three different languages -English, French and German- and in different study-locations -Nice, Canterbury and Berlin-.



The programme of the trilingual branch starts in Nice.
The first term encompasses introductory classes to all of the five modules (International Relations, European Integration, Economy and Globalisation, Federalism and Governance, and Professional Skills), completed by international conferences and seminars dealing with current world politics events.
This term is concluded with a mid-term exam at the beginning of January.


The second term takes place in Canterbury (UK), in co-operation with 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 the three courses, as required by the University of Kent.
A one-week study trip to the European and international organisations in Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg is organised during the second term.


During the third term in Berlin, the programme aims at deepening the students’ knowledge of European integration and contemporary problems in international relations, through several thematic workshops.
Our partner in Berlin, the Institut für Europäische Politik provides a dialogue with European integration experts and offers an insight into political life in Berlin.Moreover, one of the workshops takes place at the University of Rostock, in North-East Germany.
The third term concludes with a final oral examination.

Master thesis

From September to December, students will write a substantial thesis based on original research, on a topic chosen with the permanent staff of the programme. This thesis is assessed by a board of examiners.


From January onwards, students will do an internship of a duration of at least three months. The internship can be accomplished in a European institution, an international organisation, national diplomacy, consultancies, non-governmental organisations or research institutes. At the end of the internship, students submit a substantial internship report, which is assessed by a board of examiners.


International Relations

Complex interdependency, dynamic power figurations and imbalances characterise today's world politics, an arena that is influenced by diverse actors in multi-level processes. Since its establishment in the early 20th century, the academic discipline of International Relations (IR) has been shaped by different schools of thought. Therefore, we will explore the major theories that draft a comprehensive or holistic explanation of international politics, in order both to identify presuppositions in public debates and to apply those theoretical tools to academic analysis.

European Integration

At the beginning of the new millennium, the European Union can look back at considerable achievements such as the completion of the monetary union. On the other hand, the EU remains confronted with greater challenges: new member states need to be fully integrated, the EU institutions must be reformed, a common identity for foreign and security politics must be reinforced, the acceptance of the EU amongst its Member States’ populations needs to be strengthened.

Federalism and Governance

This seminar attempts to provide an original perspective of contemporary political societies, especially concerning problems such as sovereignty, minority questions, democratic representation, and economic coordination.
This perspective is inspired by methods and different currents of federalist thought.

Economy and Globalisation

This course aims at giving an overview of the forces that drive world trade. International economics analyses the exchanges of goods, services and capitals between countries. It also analyses the conditions under which these exchanges take place. If the rule of free trade appears to have priority, in actuality, many countries resort to protectionism, in spite of WTO rules. Globalisation is at the heart of the concerns (or fears) of various players, such as political leaders, unions, businesses, households, civil society, etc. Are we witnessing the shifting of the world’s centre in favour of South and East Asia?

Professional Skills Workshops

This module equips the participants with the professional skills and competences that will enable them to work in the context of the European and international organisations. They will take actively part in several simulation games and follow workshops on project cycle management, intercultural management, as well as on mediation and negotiation.

Applications and Scholarships

Candidates can submit their application dossier by using the form available on the Institute’s website. They should also include all the relevant documents, or send them by post or e-mail. An academic committee meets regularly in order to review complete applications.
A limited number of scholarship funds can be awarded to particularly qualified candidates to cover some of the costs related to studies or accommodation. The deadline is 1 July of the current year.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any enquiry.

Visit the Master in Advanced European and International Studies, Trilingual studies page on the Centre international de formation européenne website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

The programme is designed for students who have completed undergraduate studies. Candidates should also have a passive knowledge of French, English and German, and an active command of at least one of these three languages.

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