Master EU Studies Online (online study)

Centre international de formation européenne CIFE

Application deadline: 5 September
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 4,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
  • € 4,000 / Year (National)
  • € 4,000 / Year (International)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Part-time
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Weekend
Structure: Semi-structured
Student interaction: Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
Attendance: Regular mandatory meetings
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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The CIFE's European Online Academy offers a two-year Master programme. Its Master in EU Studies Online is set to provide an accurate blend of theoretical and practical knowledge. This Master is an ideal training programme and additional qualification for young professionals, postgraduates and junior officials interested in or already working in the field of European integration.

The Master in EU Studies Online offers a unique methodological approach through a combination of e-learning and compact face-to-face learning phases in among others Berlin, Rome, Budapest and Brussels:

* A multidisciplinary approach in the first year

* An Interdisciplinary subject blend: Political Science, Economics and EU Law in the second year

* Workshops and intercultural seminars help the particpants to develop negotiating skills in an international context

* Simulations, tests, written and oral exams provide the academic and professional knowledge for tasks such as drafting position and policy papers and planning, proposing and managing an international project

* Organised visits to the EU and national institutions provide the opportunity to enter into dialogue with decision makers

Degree and Recognition

* After the successful completion of the two-year Master programme the participants receive a Diploma "Master in EU Studies" which is issued by the CIFE and the Jean-Monnet Chair at the University of Cologne. All successfully completed courses will be listed on the Diploma. The credits awarded for a successful completion of this part-time studies programme add up to 60 ECTS corresponding to a workload of 1500 hours in total, i.e. 75 hours for each course module and the simulation.
* Participants will further obtain the degree qualification "Chargé de Mission en Organisations Européennes et Internationales" (Policy Officer in European and International organisations). This qualification is recognized by the French state. It is registered in the French national register of professional qualifications (RNCP), which lists all diplomas, degrees and professional titles recognized by France. The qualification is recognized as a degree at Master level (level 7 of the European qualifications Framework EQF).


1. Online Courses
1.1 First Year
The curriculum of the first year has been divided into three terms (trimesters). The aim of the first year is to to gain an enhanced knowledge of recent developments in the European integration process and up-to-date insight into proceedings and policy areas, EU institutions, EU Law and Economics.

1st term

Three compulsory introductory courses will provide the necessary multidisciplinary background with regard to the development of the EU system in the first trimester.

2nd and 3rd term

During the second and third trimesters participants choose from a range of optional and compulsory courses. These courses will give the participants the opportunity to study a specific area of interest in depth. In order to meet the requirements for completion of the programme, each participant must follow at least three courses in both the second and the third term.

Additional Offers

In addition to the course programme participants will have the opportunity to participate in different types of offers which shall provide them with the practical knowledge and skills necessary for their professional development.

1.2 Second Year
During the second year of the Master in EU Studies the core subjects of the Master programme are: Economics, Political Sciences and EU Law. Participants have the possibilíty to specialise in one of the core subjects.

2. Presence Workshops
The European Online Academy is not only virtual but also offers face-to-face time with renowned EU-experts. The core curriculum will be provided online, but face-to-face learning at four "presence workshops" (in Berlin, Rome, Budapest and Brussels) during the frist year and three during the second year (Istanbul, Berlin and Nice) will complement the e-learning process. All module contents are dealing with relevant and up-to-date issues and go beyond "classic" lectures and seminars. The EOA hence offers an advanced and innovative way of teaching and studying EU-related issues.


The programme involves recognised experts with academic and practical backgrounds who present their courses online and during the presence workshops. Our experts belong to such prestigious institutions as:

* the Jean-Monnet Chair for Political Sciences and European Affairs, University of Cologne
* the Walter Hallstein Institute for European Constitutional Law
* the Institute for World Economics, Hungary Academy of Sciences
* German Federal Ministry of Economics
* Sciences Po Paris
* National Development Agency in Hungary


* University Graduate Degree (minimum required BA)

* Commitment to EU topics or relevant work experience

* Fluency in English


A limited number of scholarships are available to reduce the financial burden of the course fees. The amount granted will depend on the individual participant's financial situation.

Scholarships to cover partial costs of the tuition can be granted by different organisations, depending on the nationality of the applicant and other features.

In some countries candidates may obtain scholarships from their (ex)universities or from organisations such as, for example: Soros Foundation (for students from Central and Eastern Europe), D.A.A.D. (for German students), D.E.S (for British students), Rotary International Foundation, etc.

If you want to apply for a scholarship in these organisations, we recommend to check deadlines and application procedures carefully and thouroughly and to contact them directly.

The European Online Academy also recommends its students to contact national foundations, national ministries, regional and local authorities, international and national organisations and similar in order to find other forms of financial help.

Applicants who apply for a scholarship are asked to declare their eligibility for a scholarship in the application form and prove their eligibility by sending a copy of their tax assessment notice or any other comparable document by email or by fax. Only on the basis of the declaration and the documents at hand the Selection Committee will be able to examine the eligibility of the applicant and to decide on the amount of the scholarship.

Participants to whom we grant a scholarship will be accommodated in a twin bed room during the workshops.



Who We Are

Over 60 years, we have been unstinting advocates of European integration through our international and interdisciplinary study programmes.

CIFE is a private institution of higher education and research, founded in 1954 with its head office in Nice and branch offices in Berlin, Bruxelles and Istanbul. It receives special funding in the framework of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union.

Every year, students from all continents and a great variety of countries enroll in its programmes, which lead to a degree at Master level (EQF 7) recognised by the French state. The graduates of CIFEs Masters 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.

CIFE has a vision

* Inspired by the European model: living together in peace, prosperity and with responsibility
* With an international team and decentralised structures
* With a federal concept of European education: unity in diversity

CIFE firmly believes that European integration is an historical achievement, a model of how people may live together in mutual tolerance and respect, in peace, in prosperity and with a shared responsibility. CIFEs share of responsibility in a Europe looking towards the future, is to teach and learn about European integration and to enable students to share this knowledge, over and above pure scientific interest.

CIFE itself lives up to what it teaches : Its staff is international, with employees from France and Germany, Belgium and Italy, Lithuania and Bulgaria, Poland and Turkey. With offices in Nice and Berlin, in Brussels and Rome as well as in Istanbul, CIFEs decentralised, almost federal structure allows for autonomous teams to run academic programmes to meet specific requirements, and yet binds the whole team together in terms of its European commitment.

In CIFEs vision of Europeans living together, federal structures would best allow for a reasonable balance between diversity and unity. The choice of federalism means an ongoing, open process of addressing each problem, each task and challenge, at the level of governance best suited to deal with it led by the principle of subsidiarity. Understood in this way, federalism is a method, an attitude, which must be continuously under review. CIFE is committed to this open-end method of reshaping the European model, together with its global academic network of colleagues and its students from all continents.

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