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Overview

The Master’s Programme in International Relations (REL) offers you an advanced and highly-qualified education in political, legal, economic, and historical disciplines from a global perspective.

As you engage this two-year learning experience, you will have the opportunity to pursue a broad range of coursework in academic fields such as Conflict resolution and crisis management, human rights and international crimes, transnational economic relations and globalization, cultural diversity and environmental law, geopolitical systems and cross-border social processes. The Master's Degree in International Relations offers analytical knowledge of the aforementioned subjects in terms of political history, legal, economic and social aspects.

The Master's Degree is offered in four curricula: “Diplomazia e organizzazioni internazionali” (curriculum A) e “Commercio internazionale e integrazione europea” (curriculum B) taught in Italian, whereas “International Politics and Regional Dynamics” (curriculum C), and “International Cooperation and Human Rights” (curriculum E) are taught entirely in English. Students can select a curriculum and structure their individual study plan on the basis of their academic background and future goals.

Our faculty devotes particular attention in equipping students with multidisciplinary and versatile knowledge that proves crucial for their future careers. Under this perspective, we value the ability to work with and benefit from diverse disciplines across the social sciences to ensure our students have access to the appropriate tools to tackle the greatest political questions of our time.

Teaching takes place in small classes, in order for you to interact and benefit from a close collaboration with our faculty members.

Courses are conceived to unpack leading approaches to analytical and methodological standards and you will be encouraged to develop a sense of inquiry, critique, and argument.

Amidst the vital and essential features of this study program are: an internship, which signifies the crucial moment in which the theoretical knowledge acquired in class is transposed and implemented in practice; the study of English, also by means of the teaching modules and thematic courses delivered in this language; and the study of a second foreign language (students may choose between Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Russian, German, French and Spanish). The educational offer of the Master's Degree in International Relations will be further enriched by workshops and seminars held by external experts. Scholarships, various facilities for part-time students are provided, as well as the language certificates and Italian language courses for foreigners through The Language Centre of the University of Milan (SLAM).

The skills we cultivate translate well to careers in both the public sector and the private sector. As a graduate in International relations at the University of Milan, you will be given the necessary knowledge to start a successful career in the Foreign Services, International Organizations, national administrations, NGOs, companies with international outreach, financial institutions and consultancy firms.

Head of Study Programme: Prof. Francesca C. Villata
Tutor for International Students: Dr. Lenka Valkova
Tutor professors: Prof. Lidia Sandrini, Prof. Corrado Stefanachi
Professor responsible for Internship: Prof. Andrea Carati
Professor responsible for Post-graduate guidance: Dr. Simone Dossi

Reference structure: Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies

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Admission

Admission procedure:
The information below is valid for prospective candidates holding a foreign degree (including Italian citizens and residents). Prospective candidates holding an Italian degree shall refer to the requirements for Italian candidates.

The Master's Degree in International Relations does not provide for a maximum number of enrollments. However, applicants shall prove the possession of specific requirements relating to their academic record.
Successful applicants have adequate knowledge of core subject fields:
1) Law (preferably International Law and/or EU Law);
2) History and/or Politics;
3) Economics.
4) Proficiency in English is also required at level B2 or higher (TOEFL/IELTS certifications are accepted alongside the certifications listed at this link - the level must be B2 or higher in all cases).
5) Italian Language proficiency at level B2 or higher is required for curriculum A and B of the Programme (there is no list of the Italian certificates recognized by Unimi).

Applicants holding foreign Bachelor's and Master's degrees without valid English or Italian certification can prove Italian proficiency at level B2 by passing the SLAM Test, which takes place once a year (usually on September). There is no preparation course for the language test.

We may use some flexibility in evaluating each requirement, in order to accommodate the differences among academic systems. Nevertheless, the substance of the preparation must be in line with the level of the teaching delivered. Depending on your academic background, you may be required to sit an admission test - a written admission test will be administered to test the applicant's knowledge of the core subjects for each curriculum. Possession of the requirements or necessity to sit an admission test is checked upon submission of the application.

Admission application:
The admission application must be completed online on the dates set every year.
Before you start, make sure you have the following to hand:
a) Registration credentials (for registration see here);
b) Italian tax identification code (international students will be assigned an alternative identification code);
c) Credit card (for payment of 30 euro admission fee);
d) Degree Certificate and Transcript of Records with exams taken, grades and credits;
e) Curriculum vitae;
f) Letter of Motivation;
g) At least one Reference Letter; and
h) Language Certificate(s) – (i) English B2 certificate for all curricula and (ii) Italian B2 certificate only for curriculum A and B (the requirement of the language certificates may be substituted by passing the SLAM Test – see above).
The Evaluation Committee will not evaluate the application in case of incomplete application (ie in case of missing documents listed above). In such a case, the committee will request the student to make up any missing document. All communications (admission/non-admission/integration of documents) will be communicated on the email account you indicated during registration or on your Unimi account – please check your email and Unimi account regularly.

Application deadlines:
The call for admission is out (follow the link for the details). Applications for the September 2020 intake will be accepted starting February/March 2020 until September 2020. Early applications are strongly encouraged from those who wish to be considered for Excellence scholarships.

Enrolment:
If the evaluation is successful, the student may enrol by the deadlines indicated in the receipt issued with the admission application. Students holding qualification abroad must book an appointment with the International Students Office to hand in the required documents. Non-EU students resident abroad must apply for pre-enrolment at the Italian diplomatic office in their country (Embassy, Consulate, Italian Institute of Culture), please refer to this website.

On more information regarding admission and enrolment please consult the Unimi website.

Programme Structure

The Master’s Program is organized into four specialization tracks (called ‘curricula’):

A. Diplomacy and International Organisations (taught in Italian)
Preparation in the juridical, economic, political and historical disciplines with an international vocation, through an authentically multidisciplinary approach and a plurality of methodological tools.
Curriculum A is further divided into two paths (path A1 and A2) assigned to the students at the admission.
B. International Trade and European Integration (taught in Italian)
Development of an advanced legal-economic preparation, with reference to transnational commercial and financial relations both inside and outside the European Union, through analytical tools related to the economy and the law of European integration, to economy and financial markets, international contracts and arbitration, single market and competition.
Curriculum B is further divided into two paths (path B1 and B2) assigned to the students at the admission.
C. International Politics and Regional Dynamics (taught in English)
Development of advanced political, historical-cultural, economic and juridical skills that allow students to deepen their knowledge of regionalization processes and the specific features of the main regional geopolitical arenas of the international system, together with the analysis of the dynamics of political and economic globalization.
Curriculum C is further divided into two paths (path C1 and C2) assigned to the students at the admission.
E. International Cooperation and Human Rights (taught in English)
Acquisition of a multidisciplinary baggage of analytical tools and theoretical and methodological competences, aimed at deepening purely transactional socio-economic and socio-cultural processes and trends in constant growth in the international society, both on a global and regional level.

Proficiency in Italian is only required for curricula A and B.

The curriculum is chosen by the candidate at the moment of the application. The 'sub-curricula' of curricula A, B and C are assigned by the Admission Committee in light of each student’s previous career.
CURRICULUM A – DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
1st Year ECTS
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9
Foreign Policy Analysis 6
Diplomatic and Consular Law 9
Finance for International Organization 6
Geopolitics 6
Upon admission students are indicated the most suitable path:
Sub-curriculum A1 – 6 ECTS in one of the following courses:
Comparative Constitutional Law 6
International Law of Armed Conflict 6
Sub-curriculum A2 – 6 ECTS in the following course:
International Organisation Law 6
Second Year ECTS
International Economic and Environmental Law 9
International Monetary Economics 9
History of International Politics 9


CURRICULUM B – INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
First Year ECTS
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9
Business Economics 6
European Regulatory Economics 6
Upon admission students are indicated the most suitable path:
Sub-curriculum B1 – 21 ECTS in the following courses:
International Financial Markets Law (second unit) 6
Comparative Legal Systems 9
Financial Markets and Financial Crises: a Historical Approach 6
Sub-curriculum B2 – 21 ECTS in the following courses:
International Law of Trade and Intellectual Property 9
Private Law 6
Private International Law 6
Second Year ECTS
International Contracts and Arbitration Law 9
Single Market and Competition Law - First Unit 9
Corporate Finance 9


Curriculum C - INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND REGIONAL DYNAMICS
1st year ECTS
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9
Geopolitics of the Contemporary International System 9
International Monetary Economics 6
History of Regional Integrations 6
Students must obtain 6 ECTS in one of the following courses:
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6
American History and Politics 6
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6
International Relations of East Asia 6
Upon admission students are indicated the most suitable path:
path C1 - Students must obtain 9 ECTS in the following course:
International Law of Armed Conflict 9
path C2 - Students must obtain 9 ECTS in the following course:
International Law 9
2nd year ECTS
International Economic Law 6
Constitution-Building and Transition to Democracy 6
International Political Thought 6
Students must obtain 6 ECTS in one of the following courses (different from the first year’s one):
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6
American History and Politics 6
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6
International Relations of East Asia 6



CURRICULUM D – INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL PROCESSES
First Year ECTS
English Language II 9
International Law of Trade and Intellectual Property 9
International Monetary Economics 6
Migration Policies 6
Human Rights and Cultural Diversity 6
Global Societies 6
Anthropology of Human Rights 6
Second Year ECTS
Global Crime 6
Evaluation and Design of Development Policies 6
6 ECTS in one of the following courses:
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6
American History and Politics 6
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6
Storia, Istituzioni e Diritti dell’America latina 6
International Relations of East Asia 6



Curriculum E - INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS (in English)
1st year ECTS
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9
International Human Rights Law 9
Development Policies 6
Immigration Policies 9
Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights 6
Global Networks 6
Theories of Justice and Human Rights 6
2nd year ECTS
Global Criminal Organizations 6
Design and Evaluation of Development Policies 6
Students must obtain 6 ECTS in one of the following courses:
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6
American History and Politics 6
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6
International Relations of East Asia 6



FURTHER COMPULSORY LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Learning Activities ECTS
Elective credits 9
Internship (or Advanced Foreign Language) 9
Advanced Computer Skills Assessment 3
Students must obtain 9 ECTS in one of the following courses:
Arabic; Chinese; French; German; Japanese; Russian; Spanish
Final dissertation 21



Prerequisites

Diritto delle Organizzazioni internazionali (percorso A2) is preparatory to Diritto internazionale dell’economia e dell’ambiente.
Economia aziendale (curriculum B) is preparatory to Finanza aziendale.
Diritto privato and Diritto internazionale privato (percorso B2) are preparatory to Diritto dei contratti internazionali e dell’arbitrato.

Fees and Financial Aid

Fees:
University fees for students enrolled on master’s degree programmes are divided into two instalments:
- the first instalment: € 156 (same for all students);
- the second instalment – foreign students whose family unit has income/property abroad, the second instalment consists of a fixed amount calculated on the basis of the student's citizenship group; students with Italian citizenship residing abroad and with income and property abroad are calculated according to country of residence.
Check the exact amounts for the academic year 2019/20 and tuition fee reductions here.

Financial Support:
The University of Milan offers University scholarships, DSU regional scholarships, International scholarships - Excellence, Study Awards and Refectory services and meals. On more information please contact Scholarships and Grants Office through the online service Infostudenti.

Accommodation:
The University of Milan offers to deserving enrolled students accommodation in halls of residence and apartments situated close to the university buildings. Accommodations are assigned through a call for applications published every year around July. Check the opportunities offered by the University of Milan here. For more information please contact Accommodation Office through the online service Infostudenti, by selecting "accommodation and meals" category.

Study Plan

Teaching:
The programme is organized into 3 trimesters. The first one extends from September to December, the second from January to March, and the third from April to June. For the academic year 2019/20, classes will start on Monday, September 23.

Timetable of courses:
On timetable of courses, please consult the Unimi website.

Looking for a professor?:
Please consult the Unimi website Who and Where.

Exams:
There are six examination sessions throughout the Academic Year: four of them are scheduled between the trimesters (December, April, July, September), whereas the other two vary according to the course. On the registration of exams see here.

Study Plan:
Students shall present their Study Plan within the deadlines published on the UNIMI website. Please consider that the Study Plan shall be consistent with the possible course amendments demanded by the Admission Committe upon admission.

Erasmus+

The University of Milan supports the international mobility of its students, by offering them the possibility to spend study and training periods abroad, unique occasions to enrich their curricula in an international context.
Besides participating in the European programme Erasmus+ that allows students to attend bachelor and master courses in one of the 300 partner universities, the University also offers doctoral courses in partnership with foreign institutions and periods of study and training promoted by other national, EU and international educational organisations.

Students interested in spending study periods abroad are supported in the individuation of the foreign University and in the arrangement of the learning agreement by our contact person for the internalization of the Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies, prof. Piero Graglia (piero.graglia@unimi.it). To this end, office hours are made available to students.

The Department also makes a permanent support service available to students, in the person of Dott.ssa Marta Marchetti - internationalaffairsoffice.dilhps@unimi.it. The International Affair desk is open to the public each from 10.00 to 12.00, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at the Didactic Office on the 1st floor of the Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies.

On more information please see here.

Internship

The Master's Programme in International Relation requires students to carry out an internship for a total amount of at least 9 CFU (225 working hours).

For information on internships, please make reference to the COSP website. Professor Andrea Carati (andrea.carati1@unimi.it) is the internships referee of the Degree Course. Professor Carati follows both the stage of identification and activation of an internship (together with COSP), as well as its conclusion and its final evaluation.

Careers Services

The University of Milan offers its students information and assistance to enter the labor market.
More specifically, our Study and Career Guidance Centre (COSP) provides information concerning internship and entry-level positions (from internship offers and presenting applications to serving internships with institutions and private companies).

University students and graduates (of not more than 12 months) who are interested in applying for an internship with an institution or company can consult job notice board and submit their curriculum from unimia - student portal.
Students and graduates seeking a job can also take advantage of the COSP through its Almalaurea service . The service, which is also run by the COSP, is accessed by companies that are looking for personnel, and allows graduates to publish and update their curricula in order to provide a complete picture of their academic and professional profiles.

The database also contains the information that is available from the University’s official archives (personal information and academic records, including thesis title).
Students and graduates can add details about their knowledge of foreign languages, computer knowledge and professional experience and aspirations.
University of Milan students and graduates can consult job and internship offers by institutions and companies from unimia-student portal.

For more information

COSP - Study and Career Guidance Centre
Tel. +39 02 503.12568
cosp@unimi.it

Contacts and links

For information concerning the administrative aspects of your application, the enrolment procedure, fees and financial aid, and the related administrative and immigration procedures, please refer to international.students@unimi.it.

For any other information please refer to the tutors of the Master's Programme. Email address: relint@unimi.it. Office hours of the tutors: on Tuesdays from 4.30 to 6 pm, Room 27 (3rd floor), Department of International Legal, Historical and Political Studies, via Conservatorio 7, 20122 Milan.


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NEWS

REL Tutors’ office hours - 21 January 2020

On 21 January 2020 Office hours of Tutors of REL will take place from 17:00 to 18:30.

Kick-off meeting Erasmus 2020-2021

In view of the 2020-2021 Erasmus selection, on Monday 27 January 2020 at 10:30 a.m., a Kick-off meeting will be held in via Festa del Perdono n. 3 (Room 211).

Information regarding the active courses of the second year

After having acquired the availability of the Student Office, we inform the students enrolled for academic year 2019/2020 that they may attend the courses of second year if already active for academic year 2018/2019 and take the respective exams, respecting the dates of the end of courses (in particular they may take the exams of first trimester as from 3 December and the exams of second trimester as from 23 March).

REL TUTORS - OFFICE HOURS CANCELLED ON SEPT. 17TH

Office hours will not take place on September 17th, due to the admission procedures for academic year 2019-2020. The next office hours will regularly take place on Tuesday, September 24th from 16:30 to 18:00.

REL Tutors’ office hours summer

Office hours will not take place on Tuesdays 6, 13, 20, and 27 of August.
Office hours will start regularly on September 3, 4:30 PM.

4 June - Office hours of Tutors of REL cancelled

Office hours will not take place on 4 June. The next office hours will take place on Tuesday, 11 June. For any inquiries, please consult the tutors of REL during the Info Day which be held on Saturday, 8 June at 9.30 am in room 5, Via Conservatorio 7, Milan.

Semester at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul

UNIMI is now selecting up to 3 students of the REL or GOV Master's Programmes for a semester at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), in Seoul, during the next academic year. Applications must be submitted by April 10th at 12.00 as reported in the call: http://www.unimi.it/ateneo/formint/105792.htm

Semester at the Renmin University of China, 2019-20

Since the academic year 2017-18, the University of Milan and the School of Business of Renmin University of China (RBS) have agreed on a student exchange programme. UNIMI is now selecting up to 3 students of the REL Master's Programme for a semester at RBS during the next academic year. Applications must be submitted by March 15th at 12.00 as reported in the call: http://www.unimi.it/ateneo/formint/105792.htm For further information on the exchange agreement and the application procedure, please contact the REL Tutors (relint@unimi.it). For an introduction to the host university, please see the RBS Handbook for Exchange Students.

Course evaluation survey

Students are encouraged to fill in the Course evaluation survey, a tool for the constant improvement of our study courses. Further information available here.

REL Tutors - Office hours cancelled

Office hours will not take place on September 18th, due to the admission procedures for academic year 2018-19. The next office hours will take place on Tuesday, September 25th.

REL Tutors’ office hours summer

On Tuesday August 7, office hours will take place between 3 PM and 4 PM.
Office hours will not take place on Tuesdays 14, 21, and 28 of August.
Office hours will start regularly on September 4, 4:30 PM.


Semester at the Renmin University of China

Since the academic year 2017-18, the University of Milan and the School of Business of Renmin University of China (RBS) have agreed on a student exchange programme. UNIMI is now selecting up to 3 students of the REL Master's Programme for a semester at RBS during the next academic year (September-December 2018), with the possibility of a monthly allowance and a lump sum to cover international travel costs. Applications must be submitted by April 11th at 12.00 as reported in the call: http://www.unimi.it/ateneo/formint/105792.htm For further information on the exchange agreement and the application procedure, please contact the REL Tutors (relint@unimi.it). For an introduction to the host university, please see the RBS Handbook for Exchange Students.

Applications 2018-19

Applications for academic year 2018-19 are now open and will be accepted until 14 September at 12.00 CET.

Office hours

Office hours of the REL Tutors will not take place on March 27th and April 3rd and will resume on April 10th.

Entry requirements evaluation

All candidates holding an Italian Bachelor’s Degree who applied or plan to apply to the Master’s Programme in International Relations between 1 and 12 September 2017 are kindly invited to present themselves on 13 September 2017 at 9.00 in Classroom 11 (Via Conservatorio 7, Milan) for the assessment of the entry requirements ahead of the admission test. To this end, it is necessary that all candidates bring their bachelor’s transcript of records including ECTS, scientific sectors and grade for each exam. This communication does not address candidates holding a foreign bachelor degree and those candidates who are already in contact with the Tutors.

Tutors' Office Hours August

Office Hours of the REL tutors in August 2017:

1 August: regular
8 august: 3pm-4pm
15, 22, and 29 August: annulled

Office hours will resume on 5 September.

The email information service will be carried out throughout August.


Application Deadline

Applications to the Master’s Programme in International Relations shall be submitted by 12 September 2017 at 12pm (Rome Time). In order to facilitate the evaluation of the entry requirements and to speed up the check in process to the written admission test of 13 September, all prospective students are warmly encouraged to apply by 31 August.

Academic workshops

Additional Language Skills: Italian

The Language Service of the University of Milan offers free Italian language courses to international students. The course is aimed for the students who need to reach the A2 level of Italian language during their stay in Milan.

Scientific Supervisor: Prof. Marina Marzia Brambilla

Detailed presentation here.

The Practice of International Emergency Response / a.y. 2019-20

The main objective is for the students to experience the practice of response to humanitarian emergencies through an experiential workshop that combines traditional training sessions and methodology and practical simulation exercises. Simulations are often used in humanitarian activities to test response plans, review procedures, identify gaps and inefficiencies, solve problems, and in general enhance the capacity of organizations and individuals to respond to emergencies in an effective, efficient and reliable manner.

Scientific supervisor: Prof. Giovanna Adinolfi
Instructor: Prof. Mariangela Bizzarri

Dates: October 7 - November 18, 2019

Detailed presentation here.

Design your research: Skills and methodologies in IR / a.y. 2018-19

Methods are fundamental to produce rigorous research in academia, Non-Governmental Organizations(NGOs), International Organizations (IOs) and think tanks. We aim to acquaint students with the necessary skills to work in the field of International Relations (IR). More specifically, we offer an overview of the most up-to-date research methods and highlight useful skills for the job market. Finally, we engage students in a discussion on their theses in order to suggest possible adjustments and improvements.

Scientific Supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Colombo
Teachers: Matteo Casiraghi, Matteo Colombo, Valerio Vignoli

Dates: April 11 - June 20, 2019

Detailed presentation here.

Quality assurance

The Master's Degree Program in International Relations provides an e-mail address (quality.assurance.rel@unimi.it) aimed at suggestions and complaints relating to the degree course itself. Any information contained in the e-mail will be kept strictly confidential, treated anonymously, and will be available for consultation only by the President of the Degree Program Board and by the degree course tutors. Complaints will be handled by the President of the Teaching Coordination Council, in agreement with the Degree Course Contact Person.