The Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) offers a two-year Master programme. The Master in EU Studies Online is an interdisciplinary postgraduate study programme set to provide an accurate blend of theoretical and practical knowledge. It is an ideal training programme and additional qualification for professionals, postgraduates and junior officials interested in or already working in the field of European integration.
The Master in EU Studies Online offers through a combination of e-learning and compact face-to-face learning phases in among others Berlin, Rome, Budapest and Brussels:
The working language is English.
Participants who successfully complete the programme receive at the end of the Master year two certifications:
This amount covers the course materials, the educational and technical support, the use of the special internet workspace as well as board and lodging during the workshops in Berlin, Rome, Budapest, Istanbul and Brussels / Nice.
Travel costs shall be paid by the participants.
The fee must be paid in full before the 30th of September of each year.
The curriculum of the Master in EU Studies Online is divided into several parts: in online courses and presence workshops.Online courses
The curriculum has been divided into three terms (trimesters):
Three compulsory introductory courses provide the necessary multidisciplinary background with regard to the development of the EU system in the first trimester.
During the second and third trimesters participants choose from a range of optional courses. The optional courses 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 two optional courses in both the second and the third term.
In addition to the course programme students will have the opportunity to participate in different types of offers which shall provide the participants with the practical knowledge and skills necessary for their professional development.Presence workshops
The Master in EU Studies Online programme is not only virtual. The core curriculum will be provided online, but face-to-face learning at four "presence workshops" (in Berlin, Rom, Budapest and Brussels). In this way face-to-face learning complements the e-learning progress. All module contents are dealing with relevant and up-to-date issues and go beyond "classic" lectures and seminars. The programme 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:
No work experience is required.
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 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.
CIFE has a vision
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. CIFE’s 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, CIFE’s 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 CIFE’s 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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Established in 1954, CIFE is an international institute of private higher education which offers Master programmes in European studies and international relations, a vast summer university programme as well as conferences, seminars and publications.