Executive in EU Studies, Master

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  • 24 months
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The two-year Executive Master in EU Studies offers professionals the unique possibility to further carry on their academic development on the field of EU Studies while at the same time pursuing their professional careers. This is made possible thanks to a combination of e-learning and face-to-face learning phases in Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Istanbul, Nice and Rome.
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Executive Master in EU Studies


The two-year Executive Master in EU Studies is an interdisciplinary study programme designed for professionals, postgraduates and junior officials. If you plan to make a career in the EU field or you already have gained experience in this field and you want to specialize in a certain policy area, this is the programme for you!


In the first year, the programme provides you with:

  • Well-founded knowledge on EU institutions, EU law and EU economics
  • An understanding of recent developments in the European integration process
  • Insights into EU political proceedings and policies
  • A simulation game of a European Council Summit

In the second study year, the programme provides you with:

  • An interdisciplinary approach in the study of both general disciplines and specific topics
  • The opportunity to create new synergies with academic staff and fellow colleagues
  • A special course on EU project cycle management
  • The opportunity to increase your skills in drafting documents such as policy briefs, legal writs and alike
  • The chance to write a Master thesis on a topic of your choice

Why blended-learning?

The Master is organized around online individual study on one side, and around face-to-face workshops in Berlin, Budapest, Brussels, Istanbul, Nice and Rome on the other.

Our blended-learning approach offers the possibility to:

  • Meet and interact with your peers and the academic staff on a regular basis during weekend workshops
  • Keep your motivation and workflow high
  • Fully dedicate yourself to the programme in a way tailored to your needs

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 'ExecutiveMaster 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 90 ECTS. For further information concerning ECTS credits please consult also the detailed ECTS information package available here.
  • The degree qualification 'Chargé de Mission en Organisations Européennes et Internationale'(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)


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.

Programme Structure

The curriculum of the Executive Master in EU Studies is composed of online and in-class study.

During the two study years, courses on all aspects of the European integration are taught by the professors and experts of our European teaching faculty.

Multidisciplinary first year:
  • Institutional architecture of the EU
  • Introduction EU law
  • History of EU integration
  • The EU in World Politics
  • EU law - internal market and competition
  • Economic Dimension of EU integration
  • Transition and Regional Development
  • Interest representation in the EU
  • Sustainable Development in the EU
  • The EU facing Global Economic Challenges
  • Justice and Home Affairs: Refugees and Migration in times of crisis
  • EU Council Simulation
Interdisciplinary second year : Advanced and Specialisation modules

Advanced modules:

  • The Institutional Evolution of the EU: Drivers and Barriers
  • The EU facing Global Economic Challenges
  • EU Citizenship - a Status (rights, freedoms and solidarity)
Specialisation modules:
  • The EU in International Organisations - Crises and Conflicts
  • Cohesion and Diffenciation in the EU
  • Internal Market, Trade and Sustainability
Master thesis:

Participants can choose a topic of their choice.

Professional skills

As this study programme is designed for professionals, we include in the curriculum:

  • negociating within an international context
  • drafting reports, position papers and policy briefs
  • planning, proposing and managing an international project
  • writing legal opinions and writs
Online and in-class study

The core curriculum is provided online (courses, videos, forum discussions) and is completed by intensive sessions during the face-to-face presence weekend workshops (in Berlin, Budapest, Brussels, Istanbul, Rome and Nice).

During the weekend workshops, meetings and briefings with practionners are organised to give an insight on the 'real life' aspect and to expand networking.


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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Beginning October of each year
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    90 ECTS

    The two-year Executive Master in EU Studies is an interdisciplinary study programme designed for professionals, postgraduates and junior officials. If you plan to make a career in the EU field or you already have gained experience in this field and you want to specialize in a certain policy area, this is the programme for you!

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • Partnership
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Academic Requirements

  • University Graduate Degree (minimum required BA)
  • Commitment to EU topics or relevant work experience
  • Fluency in English

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 4900 International
  • EUR 4900 National

  • 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, Brussels, Budapest, Istanbul, Nice and Rome.
Travel costs shall be paid by the participants.

The fee must be paid in full before the 30th of September of each year.



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

Scholarships to cover the partial costs of 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)
  • www.grants.at (for Austrian students)
  • Rotary International Foundation

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.

CIFE also recommends its participants 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 (cife-berlin@cife.eu) or by fax (+49-30-86 00 840 20) before the application deadline (5th of September). Only on the basis of the declaration and the documents at hand the organisers will be able to examine the eligibility of the applicant.

Participants to whom we grant a scholarship will be accomodated in a twin bed room during the workshops (unless you pay the price difference for a single bedroom).

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