The study programme of the Diploma and University Master in Advanced European Studies (DAES) is aimed at providing students with specialized skills on the structure and the functioning of the European Union and its policies.

The course is based on a multidisciplinary approach, ranging from political science and international relations, to law and economics, and it leverages on the contributions of officials and experts from the European Institutions.

It is aimed at preparing students for careers in EU, national and local institutions, professional associations, the corporate world and private practice.


The academic staff includes top officials from European Institutions, university professors as well as experts in European issues.

Training is therefore both theoretical and practical, especially as a result of the hands-on experience of officials from European Institutions.

Structure and duration

The programme covers one academic year and is divided into two phases.

PHASE 1: Diploma in Advanced European Studies

The first phase includes two semesters of full-time education (October to January, and February to June/July) and it envisages frontal lectures, lectiones magistrales, conferences, simulation games, practice and research activities (both at individual level and in groups), as well as debates and presentations of papers that are the subject of Project Work.

Attendance to courses and all academic activities is compulsory. Course activities are envisaged to take place principally on site, with some online training activities and/or lectures. The College has the infrastructure to hold online courses, should legislative restrictions be put in place.

Exams relating to first and second semesters are held in January and June respectively. Overall, each student must take 11 exams over the two semesters.

Students who successfully pass such exams obtain a first qualification: the Diploma in Advanced European Studies (DAES).

PHASE 2: University Master

After having successfully passed all the exams, and thus having achieved the DAES Diploma, students can achieve the University Master qualification, by writing and defending their theses with a partner university. The Thesis will be focussing on a European issue that is connected to one course or seminar within the DAES programme, under the supervision of one of the professors of the College. Currently, students achieve the master qualification thanks to the cooperation with the University of Parma, which is one of the Founding Members of the European College of Parma.

Study Visits

During the academic year, study visits are carried out to institutions, companies and organisations in line with the study programme.

Depending on feasibility conditions, students also go on a study trip to the European institutions in Brussels.

Working Languages

During the first semester of DAES 2023/2024, all courses will be held in English. Instead, the second semester will also include courses which will be taught in Italian or French: English will however continue to be prevailing as working language.

Specific Language Courses in the three working languages are offered since the beginning of the academic year, to support the language learning / improving process.

Each language course includes technical workshops to integrate language skills with subject-related terminology, specifically with regard to legal, economic, social and political topics.

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Besides the Preparatory Courses and Language Classes (English, French and Italian), the study programme of DAES 2023/2024 will evisage the following seven main Subject blocks, each of which includes several courses and seminars and a Project Work. Each Project Work will be coordinated by a group of Professors teaching in the specific block.

  • History, Politics and Institutions of the European Union
  • EU Law and Legal System
  • Policies that Shaped Europe
  • EU Economy and Governance
  • Strategic Sectors, Funding and EU Project Management
  • Green Deal, Digital Transition, Health and Food
  • EU External Action.

 Within the scope of each of the above-listed blocks, Project Work activities are carried out by students, in group or individually. 

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General Structure


Language courses (English – French – Italian) & Preparatory Courses


EU History, Politics and Institutions


EU Law and Legal System


First Semester exams


EU Economics and Governance


Strategic Sectors, Funding and EU Project Management


Green Deal, Digital Transition, Food and Health


EU External Action


Second Semester exams


Study Trip to Brussels