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: Blended
Educational variant: Part-time
Executive study: Yes
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 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.


  • 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 year);
  • Specialise in one of the core subjects (2nd year): Economics, Political Sciences or EU Law.

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:

  • Online courses and discussion forums;
  • Interdisciplinary subject blend: Political Science, Economics and EU Law;
  • Workshops and intercultural seminars;
  • Simulations, tests, written and oral exams;
  • Organised visits to the EU and national institutions, dialogue with decision makers.

The working language is English.

Participants who successfully complete the programme receive at the end of the Master year two certifications:

  • 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. 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. For further information concerning ECTS credits please consult also the detailed ECTS information package of the EOA, available here.
  • 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)


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):

  • 1st term

Three compulsory introductory courses 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 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.

  • Additional Offers

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:

  • 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
  • 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



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

  • 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. 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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