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Master in European Studies: EU Institutions and Public Policy


The Master in European Studies (MES) is a one-year program aimed at training future experts in European Union affairs, EU institutions and International Organizations.

This highly professionalizing full-time Master provides students holding at least a bachelor’s Degree (or Italian "Laurea Triennale") with broad yet specific proficiencies in the working procedures of European institutions and in policy areas linked with the EU, such as Migration, Security, Euro-Zone politics and the Common Market.

Combining theoretical and practical approaches, the Master will enable students to understand the political, economic and cultural dynamics among the EU actors, as well as between the EU and external actors, while getting an excellent preparation for a career with many of these actors, such as Institutions, Organizations and private employers.


Luiss joins the world's elite 15 universities in Politics and International Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023. The University continues its rise, also reaching the top 50 positions in the world in the areas of "Business and Management" and “Law", climbing more than 30 positions in one year. Luiss is proud to have climbed more than 300 positions since its entry in 2016.  



The MES program main features:

  • practical training for EPSO selection procedures 
  • trainings in Policy AdviceEU Programming
  • a special Simulation Exercise on Negotiation and Decision-making processes in EU institutions
  • training in Academic Methodology and Communication
  • seminar-style teaching approach with a small class of max. 25 students
  • a particular focus on the political and economic problems of the Mediterranean Area
  • international environment, with students from many countries
  • full access to the facilities of one of Italy's best ranked higher education institutes
  • excellent academic competency and experience provided by an international faculty
  • strong professional links and networking activities amidst regular meetings with EU professional experts and practitioners
  • access to national and international institutions based in Rome

The competences acquired in this Master allow to get access to the following professional areas:

  • Policy analyst
  • Employment in European Institutions and International Organizations
  • Employment in Private Companies acting on international stage

The program is led by Prof. Giovanni Orsina, Director of Luiss School of Government.


Special note for Italian students

Il Master in European Studies rappresenta uno strumento unico per integrare una laurea triennale in materie umanistiche e linguistiche con un titolo magistrale alla Luiss. L'accesso ai corsi di laurea magistrale della Luiss Guido Carli per gli studenti provenienti da altre Università è subordinato al superamento di una prova di ammissione e al possesso dei requisiti minimi curricolari deliberati dal Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche. Attraverso il Master in European Studies sarà possibile avere un riconoscimento fino a 40 CFU.