International Relations and European Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #217 (BCR) ,
The Master's Programme consists of a common first year intended to provide a background in the legal, economic, historical and political science concepts necessary in the international or European context. During the second year students complete either a specialisation (‘track') in International Relations or in European Studies.


In the International Relations (LM-52) track, students explore various issues, including international law relating to the protection of human rights, the relationship between religion and international relations, economic and taxation issues, education and health, and the role of supranational institutions. Finally, students are offered a wide array of area-specific courses to specialize in, if they so choose. In particular, the International Relations track prepares students interested in pursuing a diplomatic career or as officers or directors in international organizations, NGOs, international cooperation agencies, consulting agencies, journalism, research centers, and at high levels of public administration operating in an international context. 
The European Studies (LM-90) track aims to train professionals with in-depth knowledge of the process of European integration and its current organization, with a particular focus on the structure and dynamics of EU functions, integration, the content of EU policy, and the EU's impact in national and international politics. Further opportunities for specialization can be had during internships, as well as during final dissertation and other research work.
Professionals that have graduated from either track are increasingly in demand by governments, businesses, and trade associations, not only at the supra-national level, but also at national, regional and local levels, both for interacting with European institutions and for drafting proposals for EU funding. Students have the ability to complete coursework in Italian or entirely in English (for more detailed information on courses, please refer to the Master's Programme website).
Students have access to the considerable resources available at the Library of Social Sciences (the second largest library in Florence in terms of volumes of books) and the vast network of European libraries accessible through the interlibrary loan service. Students can also take advantage of extensive resources available at the European Documentation Centre at the Library of Social Sciences. For research concerning their final dissertation, students can access the library of the European University Institute and the material of the archives of the European Union both available in Florence.
The RISE Master's Programme is enriched by various courses funded by theEuropean Commission under the Jean Monnet Programme. In particular, there is a new Jean Monnet course entitled "Origins and Development of the EU," to be taught by Prof. A. Bosco. There will also be a Jean Monnet European course on "Energy, Environment and European Security," taught by Profs. R. Bardazzi, M.G.Pazienza and A.Tonini. Already active are the Jean Monnet courses in "Politics of European Integration" (Prof. V.Fargion), "History of European Integration" (Prof. M. Guderzo), and "Social Dimension and European Integration" (Prof. L. Leonardi).
Since 2011-12, a student exchange programme exists between RISE students and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) with mutual recognition of the RISE Master and the Master's Degree in "International Relations" issued by the MGIMO. Students who apply and are selected for this programme will undertake the first year of study in Florence, and the second year in Moscow.
Finally, the RISE Master allows students the opportunity to take courses entirely in English. Upon successful completion of the RISE Master's programme, coursework in English will be recognized with a certificate added to the Master's degree.
The English-only course of study is meant not only to improve language skills that are helpful to international work, but also to promote a multicultural environment that can attract a significant number of students from different countries, cultures, and academic traditions.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Current Challenges to International Law
  • Competition and Regulation in the EU
  • EU Public Policies
  • Origins and Development of the European Union
  • Business History in a Global Economy
  • Energy, Environment and European Security
  • European and International Relations: Linguistic Analysis
  • Religions and International Relations
  • Health and Education Economics

                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                • Credits
                  120 ECTS
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

                You need the following CAE score:

                • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


                  The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

                  Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

                Find English courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

                Academic Requirements

                To be admitted to RISE Master's Programme, prospective students must possess a three-year degree or diploma from a University, or a similar academic qualification recognized as equivalent. Prospective students must also have completed specific curricular requirements and have had an adequate personal preparation, verified through procedures and criteria defined in the Regulations for the Master's programme.

                The RISE Admissions Committee (LINK) will evaluate prospective students' applications on the basis of past personal and academic accomplishments, including exam scores.

                The student who intends to enroll must have acquired in his or her undergraduate studies a basic grounding in selected subjects including history, political science, economics, and law. He or she must also be able to express him or herself both orally and in writing in English.

                A student that does not have the necessary academic background may enroll individual courses prior to matriculating to the full Master's course.

                Students from abroad

                The students who have studied abroad must submit their application to the Admissions Committee. They must send a copy of their University Degree and of the syllabus of each class, detailing the content and readings of each course they have followed, to the email address of the Admissions Committee. These documents must be in English or Italian (no translation approved by a Consulate is needed at this stage of the application procedure).

                For more detailed information on admissions and an assessment of a prospective student's academic suitability please contact Prof. Luisa Vierucci.

                Tuition Fee

                The total amount of enrolment charges and tuition fees for an academic at the University of Florence, vary from about 350 to 2500 euros. There is a part which is fixed for everyone (enrolment charges: 358 euro) and another part (tuition fees) which varies according to the student's family overall income.

                Living costs for Florence

                • 850 - 1300 EUR/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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