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The rising power of the European Union's neighbouring regions

Anticipating Europe’s future development, the AlterEurope master’s degree programme foresees a rising influence of the European Union’s neighbouring states, regarding both EU policymaking and the various globalization processes.

The EU’s neighbouring regions share a certain number of common problems:

  • Their geographic proximity linking them via mobilities and flows to European developments and trends.
  • Countries directly influenced by such EU policies and strategies as the Euro-Mediterranean Project and the European Neighbourhood Policy.
  • Security issues concerning Eastern Europe and the Balkans, as well as the Mediterranean region: not only military security, but also, for instance, the security of energy supplies.
  • The international division of labour and the restructuring of national economies within the framework of globalization and the emergence of new world powers (Russia, China, India and Brazil), modifying relations between the EU and its neighbours.


Training experts on the European Union and its neighbouring regions

The AlterEurope master’s degree programme focuses on the European Union’s various neighbouring zones (both to the east and to the south) and their relations with the EU and other European international organizations, all within a resolutely multidisciplinary framework.
This programme is designed to complement and strengthen the profile gained from the students’ main discipline, which, far from being lost or diluted, is used and built on throughout the programme, with respect to the career objectives of the student.

At the end of the course, students are experts on the European Union and its neighbours. They understand their specific issues from a geographic, economic, and legal angle, and in a broader institutional and political sense. In addition, they speak at least one of the neighbouring country languages (Arabic, Turkish or Russian).

They also are specifically trained to enter three professional sectors working in, or in connection with, the geographic areas covered:

  1. Research careers
  2. Intelligence gathering/monitoring roles
  3. Project management careers


Profile of the students

The AlterEurope master’s degree programme is designed for four different student profiles, each with a solid education (or equivalent to a 3-year French licence degree) in geography, political science, economics or law. 
When applying to the first year, the candidate shall therefore indicate the major discipline to which he/she wants to apply.

Students with other backgrounds (engineers, social sciences) may also apply but need to carefully justify their motivation.
The master programme is also open to professionals who wish to earn continuing education units.