Master in Advanced European and International Studies - Trilingual studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English, French, German (book IELTS)
The trilingual Master in European & International Studies (English/French/German) is international, interdisciplinary & itinerant: Participants rotate each trimester moving their place of studies from Nice to Canterbury to Berlin. The programme aims to educate the next generation of European & international decision-makers and offers a unique education at the crossroads of theory & practice.


The MAEIS is an international, interdisciplinary and itinerant programme: Following the slogan “Learning and living Europe”, the participants rotate each trimester, moving their place of studies from Nice to Canterbury and then to Berlin. The MAEIS is a one-year-programme, subdivided into three study terms plus an optional internship (3-6 months).  What will be the future of the EU with soon 27 member states? What will be the UK’s path after leaving the EU? The programme allows students from all over the world to develop a thorough understanding of the role of the European Union in a growingly complex world. From international conflict settlement to trade agreement negotiations, democracy promotion or sustainable development strategies, students discover how EU institutions, policies and actors shape this role by exploring case studies and discussing with experts in the field, both academics and practitioners.

Overview of the academic year

The programme starts off in Nice (October–January) and encompasses introductory classes to all of the five modules, completed by international conferences and seminars dealing with current world politics events. This term is concluded with a mid-term exam.

The second term takes place in Canterbury (January–April) on the campus of CIFE’S partner, the University of Kent. During this term, students choose three courses among the curriculum proposed by the School of Politics and International Relations of the University, in line with their specialisation. At the end of the term, students write an essay for each of the three courses. A one-week study trip to the European and international organisations in Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg is organised during this period.

During the third term in Berlin (April–July), the programme aims at deepening the students’ knowledge of European integration and contemporary problems in international relations. Our partner in Berlin, the Institut für Europäische Politik, provides a dialogue with European integration experts and offers an insight into political life in Berlin. Students will have the opportunity to advance in their research work, as they are free of obligations during the last weeks of the term. The programme concludes with the defence of the thesis and oral exams. With their graduation students become part of CIFE’s worldwide Alumni network. The Master degree credited with 60 ECTS.Students who have chosen the internship option will pursue the programme by doing a professional internship of 3 to 6 months. The internship can be accomplished in a European institution, an international organisation, national diplomacy, consultancies, non-governmental organisations or research institutes. A substantial internship report, which is assessed by a board of examiners, completes this part and leads to a degree equivalent to 90 ECTS. 


Graduates of this programme work for European institutions, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, national diplomacy, consultancies, research institutes as well as for the private sector. The programme has provided them with the necessary knowledge, skills and competences required on the job market of international and European organisations. Since its foundation in 1954, over 5000 students from more than 100 countries have graduated at CIFE. 


Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded two certifications:

  • Master in Advanced European and International Studies: Diploma of CIFE, granting 60 ECTS credits at Master level (90 ECTS including the optional internship).
  • Policy Officer in European and International Organisations: Qualification recognised by the French state as a degree at Master level (level 7 EQF).

Programme Structure

International Relations 

Theories of international politics – Similarities, differences and interactions of national foreign policies in a globalized world – International law - Transatlantic relations - Conflict management

Federalism and Governance 

Varied federal and multilevel governance frameworks - Diffusion and balance of power – Sovereignty - Minorities- federalism as a tool of conflict resolution

European Integration

Expert knowledge of the structures, institutions, law and policies of the EU -Historical development of European unification - Challenges of enlargement

Economy and Globalisation

Methodological tools – Exchange of goods, services and capitals between countries - Key institutions - The international monetary system - Regional trade agreements

Professional Skills Workshops

PCM - Intercultural communication - Mediation & negotiation - Drafting of position papers & policy recommendations - Training in Public Speaking - Career workshop


The programme is targeted at the next generation of Policy Officers in European institutions and International Organisations. The one-year programme at the crossroads of theory and practice follows a multidisciplinary approach welcoming each year an international and interdisciplinary community of students with varied backgrounds. No academic discipline is valued more highly than the others.


Each module is directed by a permanent faculty member. Additionally, guest lecturers from other countries, experts and practitioners from various European and international organisations, as well as researchers from partner institutions contribute to these modules. For a list of our lecturers please see

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: The application deadline is 15 June 2018. The programme starts beginning of October in Nice, France.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      The MAEIS - Trilingual Studies is a one-year programme, subdivided into three study terms plus an optional internship (3-6 months).

  • Credits
    60 ECTS

    Please note: students who choose the “+ internship option”, will do a professional internship (3 -6 months) as part of their studies. This includes a substantial internship report, which is assessed by a board of examiners. The Master, the internship and the validated internship report will lead to a degree equivalent to 90 ECTS. Without the internship option the degree is equivalent to 60 ECTS.

  • Languages
    • English
    • French
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • 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.

Academic Requirements

The minimum academic requirement is a bachelor’s degree.  Furthermore, students must have a good knowledge of English and at least a passive knowledge of French and German.

Candidates must submit their application accompanied by the following documents.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Copies of your original University degree(s) and Transcript of records + translations if applicable
  • If applicable, list of your research papers, areas of research interest and practical experience (max. 1 page)
  • Two letters of recommendation written preferably by recent professors or supervisors
  • Photograph of the candidate
  • Documents certifying adequate knowledge of the required languages

Work Experience

There is no working experience required but it may be adjuvant for your application.

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    8900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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This amount covers study fees, accommodation in Berlin, study-related travels between the study locations etc. For more info go to the CIFE web page.

Living costs

  • Nice, France

    850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Berlin, Germany

    710 - 1230 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


A limited number of scholarships can be awarded to particularly qualified candidates who are not able to cover the cost of their studies and stay. The application is open to candidates of all nationalities. 

To be eligible for the CIFE Fund Scholarship, the candidate must:

  •  Fulfill all admission requirements
  • Show a strong commitment to the idea of the programme
  • Be unable to obtain any other form of financial aid (private or government fellowships, personal income, parents’ help, etc.)

Please note that applications and requests for financial aid should reach CIFE as early as possible in order to have the best chances for success. For more information on the application process, go to the CIFE web page.

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