FAQ

What’s in it for me?
Studying for a Master’s degree while working full time may be at times demanding. Yet, it is very fulfilling and ultimately is rewarded with a recognised diploma in European legal studies. Our Alumni often use it as a bargaining chip to springboard their professional development forward or to change the path of their careers.

What kind of diploma will I get?
French Master degree: “Master en études européennes - spécialité Droit de la construction européenne” delivered by the Université de Lorraine.

Who can apply?
Any candidate with (i) bachelor degree or with an equivalent educational level and (ii) an active knowledge of English or French, with at least a passive knowledge of the other language.

Bachelor degree might be in law, political science, economics, European studies or in other fields.

Is legal background required to apply for the programme?
No, you shall have a bachelor degree in political science, economics, European studies or an equivalent educational level in other fields.

What level of English and French is necessary?
Active knowledge - English or French (or both).
Passive knowledge - both English and French.

Lectures are held in English or French. You will always have a possibility to choose in which of the two languages you want to take the exams.

Can I apply, if I work full time?
Yes, most of participants in the programme work full time.

Lectures are organised only 4 times per semester during ‘academic weekends’, from Friday afternoon until Sunday noon. The rest of the learning path is covered by online tutorials and self-study.

Under Luxembourgish law, you may ask your employer for a special study leave.

How are students selected?
On the basis of quality registration forms (there is no personal interview).

If you fulfil the eligibility criteria (required bachelor level of higher education and language requirements) and you convincingly present your motivation to study for the MELS degree you will be admitted to the programme.

How much time do I have to devote to study?
All students have to participate in at least 80% of face-to-face lectures which take place 4 times per semester during ‘academic weekends’. Time invested into online and self-study depends heavily on prior knowledge of EU affairs. Certainly studying European law requires from students to read relevant course materials: articles, case-law, legislation etc. However, the programme is flexible and students may focus on some courses more than others. It is possible because grades from exams are subject to compensation rules.

What is the online part of the Master?
Online elements include:

  • Online Campus – website with a depository of courses, reading materials and integrated communication tools etc.
  • Online tutorials – brief recorded lectures with slideshow support.
  • Webinars – audio-video web conferences held in real time.
  • Online multiple choice questions.

Distance learning through guided self-study is also an important element of the Programme. Our students receive all reading materials through Campus.

However, face-to-face lectures held in Luxembourg are the foundation of the learning path of our programme, i.e. at least 80% of presence is obligatory.

Who is teaching in the programme?

MELS Online benefits from diverse ‘flying faculty’. Lectures are delivered by renowned academics, officials of the legal services of the EU institutions, privately practicing lawyers and EIPA faculty. They represent many countries and teaching styles but they all are committed to share their knowledge and experience with the MELS students.

How do lectures look like?
The face-to-face lectures for individual courses are quite short in duration (4h-8h). They are delivered by members of the ‘flying faculty’, thus, the style of different lectures may vary. We strive, however, to make the MELS programme as practical as possible. Therefore, lectures often comprise interactive sessions like workshops or case studies and there is ample time for in-class discussion.

Who are the students of the MELS?
MELS Online attracts mostly officials of the EU institutions and agencies. They represent various profiles: policy officers, translators, assistants, auditors etc. Each promotion welcomes also some civil servants from national administrations and professionals from the private sector wishing to understand better European affairs.

Can I contact MELS Alumni to talk to them about the programme?
Yes, you can contact the Programme Organiser
Veronika Vilimkova at v.vilimkova@eipa.eu to get in touch with Alumni representative.

What is new in the next promotion?
In the new promotion lecturers will not shy away from discussing topical developments of EU law and policies. Be sure to debate Brexit, EU’s foreign and defense policy, refugee crises and how these may affect EU and it’s future development.

Regarding the admission rules, it is no longer required to speak actively in both languages, English in French. Active knowledge is required only for one of them, while passive knowledge remains obligatory for both.

What is the price of the programme?
EIPA member fee €4.480 / Regular fee €4.625

Fees are for one academic year, but it is possible to pay per semester or in several instalments.

EIPA member fee 4.480€ is for civil servants working for an EU institution, body, agency or for one of EIPA’s member countries; the list is in the application form. Regular fee of €4.625 applies to registrations filed before 18 June 2017 (later registrations are subject to a fee of €4.975).

How can I register?

Fill in the registration form available here and send it to Veronika Vilimkova. You can send the scanned version of the signed registration form, with a copy of your diplomas, by email to v.vilimkova@eipa.eu.

If you are accepted, we will ask you to send as well two passport photographs.