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Master in Advanced European & International Studies (MAEIS) - Mediterranean Studies

Teaching Languages: English and French
Study Destinations: Nice, Tunis, Istanbul
Duration: A one-year programme + optional professional internship (max. 3 months to be completed by 30 September)
Starting Date: October*
End Date: June
Credits: 60 ECTS + 30 ECTS (optional internship and report)
Application Deadline: Please contact Student Services ( for information about final places
Partners: Ecole Centrale Supérieure de Droit et des Sciences Politiques au sein de l’Université Centrale de Tunis ; Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul

* All classes will be held in person in 2021/22, except if the pandemic situation does not allow.

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Entry Requirements & How to Apply

• For students who have completed their undergraduate studies.
• Good knowledge of English and French  required.

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The easiest way to apply is via the online application form.


Overview of the Academic Year

This one-year programme takes place in three different cities:

October to December: Nice
Courses, workshops, simulation and mid-term exams.
Study trip to Brussels.

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 dicuss the shared risks of populism, terrorism and climate change. The trimester will conclude with a simulation exercise.

January to March: Tunis
Courses, workshops and written exams.
Study trip (3 weeks) to Dakar, Senegal.*

In Tunis, students study on the campus of our partner, the Université Centrale. Researchers from the region will analyse transformation processes in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean in times of globalisation. A special emphasis will be put on the Maghreb. 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.
In this trimester, students will travel to Dakar, Senegal for a three-weeks-study trip.
*(Should the general situation not allow it, the study trip to Dakar would be replaced by a one-week study trip to the European institutions and international organisations in Brussels).

April to June: Istanbul
End of courses and workshops - Written exams
- Finalising research work,
- defence of the thesis,
- final oral exams,
- Graduation ceremony

In Istanbul 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.

From July: Optional internship (max 3 months) to be completed by 30 September of the current year + internship report.


Programme Structure & Learning Outcomes

Teaching modules
Five basic modules form the framework of teaching and research at CIFE-IE•EI. International guest lecturers, experts from various European and international organisations, as well as researchers from partner institutions contribute to these modules.
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The Mediterranean is a case study par excellence for Peace and Conflict Studies. In the last two decades, Mediterranean societies have been significantly affected by inter-group violence and inter-state conflicts: from the Western Balkans to Cyprus, from Israel to Palestine, from Libya to Syria.

This century's globalised economy is defined by the multiplication of actors: states, transnational corporations,international institutions, NGOs and mafias are all stakeholders. The rise of emerging economies since the 1990s has shaken up power relations. The global economy is dynamic and will continue to allow countries to escape poverty, but it is also a source of deep inequality that gives rise to diverse fears.

The EU has become a role model of regional integration. How is the dynamic architecture of European institutions, including European Neighbourhood Policy functioning? To what extent do the Arab League or the Union for the Mediterranean follow a similar logic of regional integration? How can we explain transitions and differences in the Southern Mediterranean since the Arab Spring?

Migration, gender and media are policy fields that all Mediterranean societies have in common, but approach differently. At the crossroads of theory and practice, this policy-oriented module proposes solutions to the historical, social and cultural challenges Mediterranean societies face today.

This module equips the participants with professional skills and competences that will enable them to work in European and international cooperation. Seminars and workshops on:
- Project cycle management
- Intercultural communication
- International mediation and negotiation
- Drafting of position papers and policy recommendations
- Career workshop

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Teaching methods
The  programme offers problem-focused learning at the crossroads of theory and practice. Students gain a strong academic background and are prepared for the job market through a variety of trainings in professional and practical skills.

Our programmes are designed to offer a teaching method which is academic and at the same time directed towards the professional world. We aim to give students the ability to enter into dialogue with decision-makers from both the economic and the political world, stakeholders, diplomats as well as officials from international and European organisations. This broad outlook is made possible by the wide variety of our lecturers, the visits organised to different European countries and our relationship with our carefully selected international partners. Our in-house panel of experts contributes to the rich content of the modules.
The international composition of our groups enables our students to gain maximum advantage from participating each year in various role games to enhance their understanding of problems of collective action and the art of negotiation in different environments such as the EU, the UN and federal states. Research for the thesis at the end of the programme will enable students to delve into a specific subject in more detail and acquire important skills for the job market. In our documentation centre, reviews, books and a great number of electronic resources are at the students’ disposal. Our lectures are accompanied by an online learning management system, facilitating communication between students, lecturers and staff.

Fees & Funding

CIFE is a private, non-profit European institute of higher education. We belong to the six designated institutions receiving special funding by the European Union in the framework of the Jean Monnet programme.
Thanks to this grant by the European Union, each CIFE student benefits from significantly reduced study fees. Those fees not only cover tuition and mentoring, but also parts of the accommodation, travel costs to/from Tunis and Istanbul as well as a study trip.
Moreover, CIFE is able to offer different scholarships to qualified students in need.
The overall tuition fee of the Master of Advanced European and International Studies - Mediterranean Studies – amounts to 8,900 €.

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Degree & Title

Graduates receive two certifications:
- The Master in Advanced European and International Studies. This is the diploma of CIFE as a private institute of higher education, certifying the successful completion of the academic curriculum and granting 60 ECTS at Master level.
- The degree qualification "Policy Officer in European and International organisations" (level 7 EQF), recognised by the French state.

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