Diploma and University Master
in Advanced European Studies (DAES)

Working Languages: English and Italian
Modality: Synchronous

Through the DAES (Diploma in Advanced European Studies) course, students can acquire knowledge and skills in relation to the structure and functioning of the European Union and its policies.

DAES is an interdisciplinary and multilingual course which can lead to a University Master qualification: to achieve the University Master, students having completed DAES exams carry out a traineeship and write a Thesis on a EU-related topic.

DAES training is both theoretical and practical: the numerous lectures held by top officials from the EU Institutions will give you direct knowledge on how European policies are drawn up and implemented.

Professional Growth

Thanks to the blending of practical and theoretical approach, you will acquire competences that are highly valued not only for working in European Institutions and Public Administrations, but also in the thriving “Brussels Bubble” and within the manifold sectors where EU policies are applied.

Personal Growth

On-campus tuition within a multicultural and multilingual environment will enable you to acquire soft skills that are very important to operate in a European and international environment.

CV

The Diploma in Advanced European Studies and our Master Programmes are high-profile and well-known qualifications: they will make your CV more effective, and allow you to stand out in the labour market.

General information

The Diploma and University Master in Advanced European Studies (DAES) is a one-year Training Course (full time). It is divided in two Semesters, and it includes:

Frontal Lectures

Lectiones Magistrales
held by important personalities that are known on the EU scene

Conferences

Study Visits to Institutions, organizations and companies, in relation to the study programme

Project Works with interactive exercises, group work activities, presentations and debates

Study Trip to Brussels to the European Institutions at the end of the Course

Compulsory attendance is envisaged for lectures and academic activities included in the study programme.

DAES courses are held in two languages: English (main working language during the academic year) and Italian (only for specific courses during the second semester).

DAES students can also attend specific language courses to improve their language skills in English, Italian and French.

These language courses include workshops aiming at integrating the training with terminology related to law, economics and political science.

Study Programme

The Study Programme of the Diploma and University Master in Advanced European Studies (DAES) 2024/2025 encompasses different subject areas.

During the first part of the Course, DAES Students attend the “Core Courses”, which include:

Introductory Courses, Institutional Courses and Specific Courses.

During the second part of the Course, Students will attend their preferred Specialisation paths (“Majors”), to be selected among the three available ones as listed in the boxes below:

Economic Governance and External Action

European Policies

Multidisciplinary Approach

Each Specialisation path includes 100 hours of academic activities (lectures, exercises, project work).

At the beginning of the academic year Students will specify the Specialisation paths they are interested in: Specialisation paths (A, B, C as listed above) will be launched provided a minimum number of requests is received. In the event a Major cannot be launched due to insufficient number of requests, Students having previously selected that option will attend the Multidisciplinary approach path.

Besides Core Courses and Specific Courses, Students can attend optional Supplementary Courses during the academic year: such Courses will be made available if at least 5 Students request to attend them.

Structure of DAES 2024/2025

The Diploma and University Master in Advanced European Studies (DAES) 2024/2025 is structured along one academic year: the first part is common to all DAES Students, whereas the second part leads to a Specialisation (Major).

Courses and exams are carried out from October to June, as described below.

October – December 2024

Introductory Courses

Law, International Relations, Economics

Language Courses

English, Italian, French

Institutional Courses

History of European Integration / Institutional Framework of the EU / EU Legal System / EU Fundamental Rights and Values  / Single Market and Fundamental Freedoms

⇒ Specific Courses

January 2025

Exams

February – May 2025

  Specific Courses

 

Courses belonging to Specialisation paths

(A) Economic Governance and External Action;

(B) EU Policies;

(C) Multidisciplinary Approach.

June 2025

Exams

July 2025

Study Visit to Brussels

Professors

The Faculty of DAES includes top officials from European Institutions, university professors and academics as well as experts in European affairs.

Cesare Azzali

President and Professor of European College of Parma Foundation; Director, Parma Entrepreneurs Association.

Alfredo Alessandrini

Administrative Director and Professor of the European College of Parma Foundation.

Alfredo De Feo

Scientific Director, European College of Parma Foundation; Fellow at the Historical Archives of the EU, former Fellow at the European University Institute and New York University; former Director at the European Parliament.

“ EU External Action” Area Professors

  • Marco Baldassari

    Adjunct Professor of “Comparative History of Government” Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia.

    Teaching:

    Europe and Geopolitics

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Emanuele Castelli

    Associate Professor of “Political Science”, Department of Law, Politics and International Studies, University of Parma.

    Teaching:

    Introductory Course on International Relations: Foundations and Concepts

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Mario Cimoli

    Deputy Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

    Teaching:

    Relations with other Areas: Latin America and China

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Jean Louis De Brouwer

    Director of the “European Affairs” Programme, Egmont Institute; former Director at DG “Justice and Home Affairs”, European Commission.

    Teaching:

    EU Policy on Immigration and Humanitarian Aid and the Role of Frontex

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Brice De Schietere

    Head of Division, Secretariat General of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

    Teaching:

    Foreign, Security and Defence Policy of the European Union and EU-US Relations

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Andrés Garcia Bermudez

    Senior Expert, DG “Trade” – European Commission.

    Teaching:

    EU Trade Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Stefano Manservisi

    Former Director General of DG “International Cooperation and Development” – European Commission; Former Director General of DG “Home Affairs” – European Commission.

    Teaching:

    European Development Cooperation Policy and EU-Africa Relations

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Mario Pezzini

    Former Director of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Development Centre.

    Teaching:

    The Impact of OECD on European Policies

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Cosimo Risi

    Ambassador; Adjunct Professor of “European Policies for Science and Innovation”, Department of Pharmacy – University of Naples “Federico II”.

    Teaching:

    Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policies

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Elena Sciso

    Full Professor of “International Law”, Department of Political Science – “Luiss Guido Carli” University (Rome).

    Teaching:

    International Organizations and Relations with the European Union 

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Gerard Stahl

    Former Secretary General at the European Committee of the Regions; Visiting Professor, College of Europe (Bruges).

    Teaching:

    EU Relations with other Areas: Latin America and China

    Teaching language:

    English

“ EU Economy and Governance” Area Professors

  • Alfredo Alessandrini

    Administrative Director, European College of Parma Foundation; President, Associazione Soci Credito Cooperativo Parma per la Mutualità della Famiglia.

    Teaching:

    The Economics of Banking and EU Governance / Business Organization and Modernization of Public Administration.

    Teaching language:

    Italian

  • Ian Sinclair Begg

    Professor of “Economics and Finance”, University of Essex; former Senior Investment Professional at the OPEC Fund for International Development.

    Teaching:

    Investment Management in an International Finance Institution

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Paul Boulos Chahine

    Sustainability Research Manager, Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

    Teaching:

    The EU Sustainable Finance Package and the Role of Capital Markets: Green Bonds as Example

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Giacomo Degli Antoni

    Full Professor of “Economics”, Department of Law, Politics and International Studies – University of Parma.

    Teaching:

    Introductory Course on Economics: Foundations and Concepts

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Omar El Sabee Larrañaga

    Head of Unit, European Investment Bank (EIB).

    Teaching:

    European Investment Bank (EIB) and Support of EU Policies

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Marco Magnani

    Associate Professor of “Political Economics”, Department of Economics and Management – University of Parma.

    Teaching:

    The Economics of European Integration

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Fabio Recine

    Lawyer; Head of Unit “International Regulation Division”, Bank of Italy.

    Teaching:

    EU Economic, Monetary and Banking Union

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Francesco Saraceno

    Deputy Department Director, Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE) – “Sciences Po” (Paris).

    Teaching:

    EU: Economic Crisis and Reforms

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Fausta Todhe

    Senior EU Public Affairs Manager, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    Teaching:

    EU Competition Law and State Aid

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Pietro Vagliasindi

    Full Professor of “Public Finance”, Department of Law, Politics and International Studies – University of Parma.

    Teaching:

    Public Finance

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Giovanni Verga

    Former Full Professor of “Monetary Economics”, Department of Economics and Management – University of Parma.

    Teaching:

    EU Monetary Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Karl-Philipp Wojcik

    General Counsel, Single Resolution Board (SRB).

    Teaching:

    EU Economic, Monetary and Banking Union

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Chiara Zilioli

    Director General, Legal Services, European Central Bank; Honorary Professor of Law, “Goethe” University (Frankfurt).

    Teaching:

    EU Economic, Monetary and Banking Union

    Teaching language:

    English

“Green Deal, Digital Transition, Health and Food” Area Professors

  • Cesare Azzali

    President, European College of Parma Foundation; Director, Parma Entrepreneurs Association.

    Teaching:

    EU Environmental Protection Policy

    Teaching language:

    Italian

  • Patrick Deboyser

    Former Minister Counsellor of the EU Delegation to Thailand; former Officer at the European Commission.

    Teaching:

    EU Food Safety Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Karl Falkenberg

    Former Director General of DG “Environment”, European Commission.

    Teaching:

    EU Environmental Protection Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Silvia Magelli

    Lawyer; former Adjunct Professor of “Corporate Law of Social Services”, Department of Law, Politics and International Studies – University of Parma.

    Teaching:

    The European Protection of Designations of Origin and Geographical Indications

    Teaching language:

    Italian

  • Carla Montesi

    Director, Green Deal and Digiatl Agenda, “International Partnerships” DG, European Commission.

    Teaching:

    Digital Transition and the Green Deal: Implications, Policies and Enforcement

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Lucia Scaffardi

    Full Professor of “Public Comparative Law”, Department of Law, Politics and International Studies – University of Parma.

    Teaching:

    Novel Foods

    Teaching language:

    Italian

  • Alberto Spagnolli

    Senior Policy Coordinator, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

    Teaching:

    EU Food Safety Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Paola Testori Coggi

    Former Director General, “Health and Consumers” DG, European Commission.

    Teaching:

    EU Health Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

“EU Legal System and Law” Area Professors

  • António Maria Caeiros

    Former Legal Adviser at the Legal Service of the European Commission.

    Teaching:

    Protection of Financial Interests: The Role of the CoA and of the CJ

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Elena Carpanelli

    Research Fellow in “International Law”, Department of Law, Politics and International Studies – University of Parma.

    Teaching:

    EU Fundamental Rights and Values

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Filippo Croci

    Research Fellow in “European Union Law”, Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law – University of Milan.

    Teaching:

    The Jurisprudence of the Court of Justice

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Andrea Di Carlo

    Deputy Executive Director, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

    Teaching:

    EU Law on Intellectual Property and Trademark Protection

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Alessandro El Khoury

    Policy Assistant, DG “Taxation and Customs Union”, European Commission.

    Teaching:

    Data Protection, Lobbying and Transparency

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Giovanni Giangiobbe

    Academic Assistant, European College of Parma Foundation; PhD Student in “Agro-Food System”, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.

    Teaching:

    Introductory Course on Law: Foundations and Concepts

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Silverio Ianniello

    Former Vice-President of the Institute for Relations between Italy and Africa, Latin America, and Middle East Countries (IPALMO).

    Teaching:

    International Contract Law

    Teaching language:

    Italian

  • Jean-Paul Jacqué

    Former Director of the Legal Service, Council of the European Union; former Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges).

    Teaching:

    The Legislative Governance

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Stefano Maffei

    Lawyer; University Professor, expert in “Extradition and Criminal Justice”; Founder and Director of “EFLIT” Courses.

    Teaching:

    The European Arrest Warrant

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Bernardus Smulders

    Deputy Director General, DG “Competition” – European Commission; Visiting Professor, College of Europe (Bruges).

    Teaching:

    EU Fundamental Rights and Values / EU Competition Law and State Aid.

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Anne Vitrey

    Visiting Professor, College of Europe (Bruges); Coordinator, École Nationale d’Administration (ENA); former Director at the European Parliament.

    Teaching:

    EU Budget and Own Resources

    Teaching language:

    English

“Policies that Shaped Europe” Area Professors

  • Tobias Sebastian Bohr

    Legal Service, European Commission.

    Teaching:

    EU Single Market and Fundamental Freedoms

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Jader Canè

    DG “Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion” – European Commission.

    Teaching:

    Cohesion Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Fausto Capelli

    Lawyer, former Full Professor of “Community Law” at the University of Parma.

    Teaching:

    Common Agricultural Policy

    Teaching language:

    Italian

  • Barbara Grazzini

    Project Manager; Vice-President and Co-founder, InEuropa Srl.

    Teaching:

    Funds and EU Projects

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Francis Brendan Jacobs

    Former Head of Unit of the “Information Office”, European Parliament (Ireland); former Head of Unit of the Committe on “Environment, Public Health and Food Safety”, European Parliament.

    Teaching:

    EU Single Market and Fundamental Freedoms

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Franco Mosconi

    Full Professor of “Industrial Economics”, Department of Economics and Management – University of Parma

    Teaching:

    EU Industrial and SMEs Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Gianluca Paglia

    Lawyer; former Academic Assistant at the Institute of Criminal Law – University of Parma.

    Teaching:

    European Funds in Practice

    Teaching language:

    Italian

  • Paolo Ponzano

    Visiting Fellow, European University Institute (EUI); former Director at the European Commission.

    Teaching:

    EU Social Policy

    Teaching language:

    Italian

  • Alberto Quintavalla

    Assistant Professor, Department of Law and Markets, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

    Teaching:

    Common Agricultural Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Alessandro Rainoldi

    Head of Unit, “Territorial Development”, JRC, European Commission.

    Teaching:

    Cohesion Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

“Strategic Sectors, Financing and European Planning” Area Professors

  • Alessandro D’Alfonso

    Head of Service, Next Generation EU Monitoring Service, Directorate Members’ Research Service, Secretariat-General of the European Parliament 

    Teaching:

    Next Generation EU, a Major Innovation in EU Finances

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Antonio Ereditato

    Visiting Professor, Physics Department – University of Chicago; former Director of the “Laboratory for High Energy Physics” – University of Bern.

    Teaching:

    ChatGPT and Friends: New Training and Job Opportunities / “Hard Science” Seminar

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Evgeni Evgeniev

    Policy Officer, Industrial R&I and Investment Agendas (E1) – European Commission.

    Teaching:

    EU Innovation Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Paul Flament

    Head of Unit “Satellite Navigation”, DG “Defence Industry and Space”, European Commission.

    Teaching:

    “Hard Science” Seminar

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Pierluigi Marchini

    Full Professor of “Business Economics”, Department of Economics and Management – University of Parma.

    Teaching:

    Accountability of European Policies

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Susanne Nies

    Project Lead, “Green Deal Ukraina” Project – Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin.

    Teaching:

    EU Energy Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Giorgia Oliviero

    Associate Professor of “Organic Chemistry”, Department of Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnology – University of Naples “Federico II”.

    Teaching:

    “Hard Science” Seminar

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Matthias Ruete

    Adviser, European Commission; former Director General of DG “Mobility and Transport”, European Commission.

    Teaching:

    EU Transport Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Dover Scalera

    Lawyer; Expert in Economic Law and European Union Policies.

    Teaching:

    Public Procurement and Implementation of the NRRP

    Teaching language:

    Italian

  • Pierpaolo Settembri

    Head of Unit, DG “Mobility and Transport”, European Commission.

    Teaching:

    EU Transport Policy

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Piero Trivellato

    CEO and Confounder, Avaus Italy; former Junior Partner at McKinsey & Company.

    Teaching:

    ChatGPT and Friends: New Training and Job Opportunities

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Michele Zagordo

    Senior Auditor, II Section “Investments promoting Cohesion, Growth and Inclusion” – European Court of Auditors.

    Teaching:

    Accountability of European Policies

    Teaching language:

    English

“History, Policies and Institutions of the EU” Area Professors

  • Alfredo De Feo

    Scientific Director, European College of Parma Foundation; Former Director at the European Parliament.

    Teaching:

    Informal Talks on the European Union

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Rocco Cangelosi

    Ambassador; former Diplomatic Counsellor of the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

    Teaching:

    The Member States in Europe: Perm Rep and Coreper

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Enrico Maria Giglioli

    Officer, Financial Service (Investments and Financing), Municipality of Reggio Emilia

    Teaching:

    European Identity

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Sandro Gozi

    Member of the European Parliament; former Undersecretary of State to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in charge for European Affairs.

    Teaching:

    The Impact of Elections on the European Political Scenario

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Josè Luis Pacheco

    Former Head of Unit, Institutional Committee, European Parliament.

    Teaching:

    EU Institutional Framework

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Emanuele Rebasti

    Member of the Legal Service, Council of the European Union.

    Teaching:

    The Functioning of the Council

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Dieter Schlenker

    Director, Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) – European University Institute (EUI).

    Teaching:

    History of European Integration and Documentary Sources

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Julien Taieb

    Head of Office, EU Agencies Network.

    Teaching:

    EU Agencies

    Teaching language:

    English

“EU Careers Workshop” Area Professors

  • Marcus Delacor

    Project Manager; Founder of Euphorum.

    Teaching:

    EPSO Test Preparation

    Teaching language:

    English

  • Johan Verbeke

    Diplomat; former Belgian Ambassador to the United States.

    Teaching:

    Diplomacy and Negotiating Skills

    Teaching language:

    English

How to Apply

Admission to the Diploma and University Master in Advanced European Studies (DAES) requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree.

In case of candidates obtaining the same overall evaluation, during the selection procedure, priority will be given to those with a Master’s Degree, or equivalent.

The candidate should prove the following:

A good knowledge of oral and written English (at least B1, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);

A basic level (at least) of one of the other two DAES working languages (Italian and French).

To apply for DAES, you need to:

Attach:
Copy of University Degree certificate, detailing exams taken and relevant marks;
Curriculum Vitae;
Copy of Identity Card or Passport.
If available, attach copy of “Diploma Supplement” relating to your University Degree(s).

The Application Form (including attachments) should be sent, in PDF format, via e-mail, to the following address: apply@collegioeuropeo.it.

Please, attach a single file, containing a scan of the entire Dossier (Form + Attachments), and do not exceed the maximum limit of 5 Megabytes (in total).

In case of problems, please contact the European College’s Secretariat, by sending an e-mail to: info@collegioeuropeo.it.

The Selection Committee reserves the right to call candidates for an interview (by telephone, or online) to further explore languages’ level, overall knowledge, and motivation of each applicant.

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    University Masters connected to DAES

    During the second phase of the Diploma and Master in Advanced European Studies, DAES graduates can achieve a University Master qualification (Professional Master Programme).

    For this purpose, DAES students enrol with the University of Parma during the month of November/December indicatively.

    Students who hold a Laurea Magistrale (5-year degree or 3+2 degree) or equivalent university degree can enrol in the Master universitario di II livello in Studi Europei / European Studies (68 ECTS).

    Students who hold a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent university degree can enrol in the Master universitario di I livello in Politiche Comunitarie / European Policies (65 ECTS).

    More information on the Italian University system available here:

    https://www.cimea.it/EN/pagina-qualifiche-del-sistema-universitario

    In order to obtain the “Master universitario” with the University of Parma, DAES graduates carry out an internship, and write and defend a thesis on a European topic under the supervision of one of the College Professors.

    The defence of the thesis must take place within the same academic year of enrolment. For example, in the case of DAES 2023/2024, defence of thesis will take place no later than March/April 2025 (last session), according to the deadlines that will be set by the University.

    Check here for more info on University Masters: https://www.unipr.it/en/master-registration

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