M.Sc. On Campus

European and International Studies

University of Trento

24 months
4500 EUR/year
3400 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The European and International Studies program from University of Trento is the fruit of a close collaboration between the Departments of Economics and Management, Sociology and Social Research, Humanities, and the Faculty of Law. 


The multidisciplinary organization of MEIS enables students to develop a deeper and broader understanding of the transformations taking place in the European and international contexts. MEIS is based on a mixture of teaching methods, which is believed to be the best balance to merge a thorough understanding of theoretical issues with the ability to apply them in real-life situations.

The international environment of the University of Trento fosters a stimulating learning environment. The School regularly organizes conferences, debates, careers talks, and fairs, along with a lively series of guest lectures and seminars held by academics of international standing and professionals working in distinguished international organizations.

About MEIS

The first year of the Master’s Degree (Laurea Magistrale) in European and International Studies (MEIS) encompasses courses in the academic disciplines of economics, history, law, political science, and sociology. However, the hallmark of the MEIS is its multi- and interdisciplinary approach, which encourages students to venture beyond the confines of individual academic disciplines. The second year, therefore, offers students a choice of advanced courses that allow them to focus on some of the specific issues, institutions, processes, and developments which shape our world.

The teaching approach, which aims to marry theory with real-world application, fosters the interactive participation of students. Particular attention is paid to developing those skills necessary to analyze the economic, legal, political, and social systems and the transformations in systems of European and international governance.

Teaching takes place entirely in English. Taught courses, language workshops, and tutoring activities contribute to developing advanced English language communication skills, necessary for entry into an international work and research environment. Graduates also have a working knowledge of at least one additional foreign language in addition to a basic knowledge of Italian (in the case of international students).

All students receive individual supervision by a faculty member for their final dissertations, which students write and defend to complete the Masters’ Degree.


First year
  • Contemporary History
  • Principles of International Economics
  • Elements of International and European Union Law
  • European and International Politics
  • English Language
  • Quantitative methods in Social Sciences (basic or advanced)
  • Language Workshop (second foreign language, other than English and Italian)
  • One elective course 

Second year:

Students have to choose one of the two alternatives from each discipline area:

  • Global Economic Policy or The Economics of European Integration
  • The Legal Framework of EU Policies  or  Human Rights and Natural Resources under International Law or Labour Right in the Global Economy
  • Strategic Studies or Advanced European Studies
  • Political Philosophy or Political Theory 


Over the two years, students choose further 3 elective courses from:

  • Peace and Conflict Studies: Theory and Methods
  • Science, Technology and Global Affairs
  • People, Politics and the Planet
  • Democratizing Security: Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of Uncertainty
  • International History
  • Minorities, Regionalism, and Borders in Europe
  • History and Politics of the Middle East: Conflicts, Ideologies, and Democratisation
  • The Use of Force in International Politics
  • International Cooperation, Development and Security
  • Global Migration and Security
  • Natural Resources and Energy Security
  • Global Markets and Security Issues
  • Geographies of Security

Any other courses taught in English at the Master’s level offered by any department of the University of Trento can be chosen as electives provided that they are coherent with the MEIS study plan.

Final dissertation writing and defense.

All courses are taught in English.

Career Opportunities

The Master’s Degree in European and International Studies prepares students for careers both in the public and the private sectors.

Graduates will be qualified:

  • To hold positions of responsibility within national and international institutions engaged in European and international affairs and private enterprises operating in international markets;
  • To work for governmental and non-governmental organizations engaged in areas such as human rights, environmental protection, institution-building, project management, etc.;
  • To hold positions as analysts, advisors, and consultants in private and public companies;
  • To enter the diplomatic service.

For those intending to continue their studies, the MEIS provides a solid basis for admission to Ph.D. programs in International Studies in disciplines relating to economics, history, law, and political and social sciences.

Former MEIS students have gone on to rewarding careers as young diplomats, policy advisors, consultants, project coordinators, researchers, and the like, or have been admitted to prestigious Ph.D. and Advanced Master’s programs in Europe and North America. The Alumni of the MEIS and of the Ph.D. program in International Studies constitute a dynamic network of professional contacts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of International Economics
  • Elements of International and European Union Law
  • European and International Politics
  • Contemporary History
  • Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences
  • English Language
  • Workshop in German, Spanish or French

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application Period:

12/15/2021-04/03/2022: NON-EU citizens permanently living abroad;

05/03/2022-30/06/2022: EU students and NON EU students living in Italy




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) including at least 60 ECTS from at least two of the following discipline areas: Economics, History, Philosophy, Law, Political Science, Sociology or Foreign Languages;
  • English at B2+ level (upper-intermediate) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • Basic knowledge of a second foreign language among the following: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, German.
  • Please check the Call for Applications for more details.
How to apply
  • Access the online application form via the UniTrento web site
  • Upload the required documents
  • Submit your online application by the deadline

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3400 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU: 340€ - 3400€ (fee range based on personal income and merit)
  • Non-EU: 1000€ - 4500€ (fee range based on merit only, i.e. score in the application evaluation) 

Living costs for Trento

700 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Scholarships for non-EU Citizens living abroad

Top-scored candidates will be entitled to receive a UniTrento scholarship. Students that benefit from a UniTrento scholarship will also have the tuition fees waived.

Scholarships for EU Citizens and Non-EU citizens regularly living in Italy

Scholarships are based on income/merit. Information on the tuition fees and ISEE index (economic index of your family financial situation) are available on the Infostudenti UniTrento web page. Please note that if you do not want to calculate the ISEE index, you will have to pay the maximum tuition amount. Once the ISEE has been calculated, eligible students can apply for the Opera Universitaria scholarship starting from June/July.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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