• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English, French
The bilingual Master in Mediterranean studies aims to educate the next generation of Euro-­Mediterranean decision­-makers and offers a unique education at the crossroads of theory & practice. The 1-year-programme is international, interdisciplinary & itinerant: Participants rotate each trimester moving their place of studies from Nice to Tunis to Istanbul incl. a study trip to Rome.


The MAEIS is an international, interdisciplinary and itinerant programme: Following the slogan “Learning and living the Mediterranean”, the participants rotate each trimester, moving their place of studies from Nice to Tunis and then to Istanbul including a study trip to Rome. It is a one­-year ­programme, subdivided into three study terms plus an optional internship (3-6 months).  

Arab Spring and Europeanization, Climate Change and migration – the Mediterranean region with more than 500 million inhabitants is confronted with unprecedented challenges. The bilingual "Master in Advanced European and International Studies – Mediterranean Studies" allows students from all over the world to develop a thorough understanding of the role of the European Union in a growingly complex world, specifically in the Mediterranean region. 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 first term (October to December) starts in the European Union, in Nice, France. It encompasses classes on the basics of the five teaching modules. Studying in France helps students to analyse the Mediterranean region and Euro-Mediterranean relations from an EU perspective. Courses will introduce to the institutional architecture of the EU and its neighbourhood policy. They will also discuss the shared risks of populism, terrorism and climate change. Mid-term exams will take place in December. The trimester concludes with a simulation exercise.

The second term (January to March) starts off in Tunis, Tunisia. Our cooperation partner, the Université Internationale de Tunis (UIT), is famous for its integration of international students in Tunisia. Thanks to our partner, the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain (IRMC), students will have access to the expertise and the library of one of the most renowned think tanks in the Maghreb. Researchers from the region will analyse transformation processes in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean in times of globalisation. Studying in Tunisia will provide the students with a unique experience of a historic democratisation process that turns the nobelpeace-prize winning country into a role model throughout the MENA region. For non-Arab speakers an Arab language course is compulsory.

study trip to Rome will take place during the 2nd or the 3rd term.

The programme concludes (April to July) in Istanbul where students study on the campus of our long-term partner, Istanbul Bilgi University. Courses tackle the changing EU-Turkey relations. Students will have the opportunity to advance in their research work, as they are free of obligations from mid-May to mid-June to work on their thesis. The programme concludes with the defence of the thesis and oral exams. With their graduation on the shores of the Bosphorus, students become part of CIFE’s worldwide Alumni network.

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. The Master degree without the internship option is credited with 60 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 (or 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

Teaching modules:

Conflict Management and Peace Making 

Theories of violence and peace - International law and peace-making - Causes and dynamics of escalation and de-escalation

Sustainable Development and Globalisation 

Environmental & social challenges - Regional analysis of sustainable development, energy policies, climate action and demographic dynamics

Regional Integration and Transformation 

Europeanisation and Euroscepticism - Arab League & Union for the Mediterranean as models of regional integration - Civil society and social movements in the MENA Region

Mediterranean Politics and Societies 

Theories of International Relations - Dynamics of policy making in the Mediterranean region - Migration - Challenges of the youth in the Mediterranean

Professional Skills Workshops

PCM - Intercultural communication - Mediation & negotiation - Drafting of position papers & policy recommendations - Career workshop


The programme is targeted at the next generation of Euro-Mediterranean decision makers. 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 from various European and international organisations, as well as researchers from partner institutions contribute to these modules.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      The MAEIS - Mediterranean 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 chose 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
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

The minimum academic requirement is a bachelor’s degree.  Furthermore, students must have a good knowledge of English & French.

Candidates must submit their application accompanied by the following documents which can be presented in English, French or German:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Copies of your original University degree(s) and Transcript of records + English or French 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 English and French

      Work Experience

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

      This programme is taught in different countries. Which country are you interested in?

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        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

        8900 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 8900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.

      This amount covers study fees, accommodation in Tunis, study-related travels between the study locations etc. For more info go to the CIFE web page.

      Living costs

      • Nice, France

        917 - 1380 EUR/month
        Living Costs
      • Istanbul, Turkey

        2000 - 3240 TRY/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, please go to the CIFE web page.

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