between the European Union
and neighbouring countries
The AlterEurope Master’s Degree programme trains
experts on the European Union and neighbouring
countries, with a firm knowledge of the social
sciences, economics and law, and capable of
parti-cipating in political and economic decision-making
in the public, private and NGO sectors.
The programme is founded upon the concept of
Al-térité or “otherness”: otherness or diversity in
rela-tions between the European Union and neighbouring
states, and in the programme’s interdisciplinary
approach, an asset for future degree-holders. The
AlterEurope Master’s Degree is offered by
Univer-sité Jean Monnet Saint Etienne, ENS de Lyon and
Sciences Po Lyon, members of Université de Lyon.
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
policy-making and the various globalization processes.
The EU’s neighbouring regions share a certain number of com-mon problems:
Their geographic proximity linking them via mobilities and flows to European developments and trends.
Countries directly influenced by such EU policies and stra-tegies as the Euro-Mediterranean Project and the European
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 is designed for
four different student profiles, each with a solid education
(equivalent to a 3-year French licence degree) in geography, po-litical science, economics or law, and 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
inter-national organizations, all within a resolutely multidisciplinary
This multidisciplinarity is designed to complement and reinforce
the students’ initial field-specific education, which, far from
being negated or diluted, is taken into consideration and made the most of throughout the programme, in accordance with the various job profiles available.
Career opportunitiesTaking into account…
n the initial field-specific profile that is reinforced during the master’s programme
and because it develops…
n expertise regarding all aspects of relations between the
European Union and its neighbouring countries
the AlterEurope Master’s Degree programme prepares students for the following professions:
International development consultant for consultancies or public bodies acting as interfaces (such as chambers of com-merce and industry in France).
International chargé d’affaires or international development
project manager for a cluster (such as a competitiveness cluster
in France), a regional administration or a large firm.
Research officer of economics and country risk analysis in the banking and financial sector.
Legal expert1 specialized in the EU’s extra-European
rela-tions and international trade law, for a law firm, a company’s
legal department, a consular body or an organization for the development of trade relations.
Project manager in environmental risk management for a private or public entity.
Project manager in sustainable development for the European Union or an international organization in a neighbouring country.
Developer of cooperative programmes for a European Commis-sion delegation, a service of the European administration (notably the External Action Service) or an international organization.
Project manager (consultant) for a humanitarian or
develop-ment NGO in a neighbouring country or region (project auditing and monitoring).
In addition, the AlterEurope Master’s Degree programme pro-vides both vocational and research training, and so also trains students for the research professions. AlterEurope Master’s Degree holders can therefore continue their studies by pursuing a doctoral thesis.
1— At the end of the first year, AlterEurope law students can simultaneously validate the AlterEurope M1 and the Business Law M1 of the Law Department of the Université Jean Monnet of Saint-Étienne, allowing them to take the entrance exam for the École de Formation du Barreau (EFB) law school.
The AlterEurope Master’s Degree programme is open to students in both initial and further education/training.
For the initial training and apprenticeship training, in addition
to the four main fields of access (geography, political science, law and economics), the programme is open to engineering students in the affine domains (according to their application dossier and within the framework of specific projects).
Students can also be admitted into the AlterEurope Master’s Degree programme via further education, following their
selec-tion by the interdisciplinary teaching committee.
The AlterEurope Master’s Degree programme is open to:
Students and auditors (unregistered students) of ENS Lyon, with a licence degree in those fields covered by the master’s programme. Master’s degree auditors registered at ENS Lyon are accepted following the examination of their application dossier.
Sciences Po Lyon students having completed a 3rd year of studies.
Students with a licence degree in management economics or law from the Université Jean Monnet of Saint-Étienne or any other French or foreign university, following their selection by the interdisciplinary teaching committee for the second year. Students can directly integrate the second year of the Alter Europe Master’s Degree programme on an exceptional basis, fol-lowing their selection by the interdisciplinary teaching committee.
A teaching staff of experienced
teacher-researchers and practitioners
The AlterEurope Master’s Degree programme relies on research laboratories in the Rhône-Alpes region that contribute to the construction of the Lyon-Saint-Étienne metropolitan centre in terms of research. The programme’s teacher-researchers come from the following Saint-Étienne -and Lyon- based UMRs (joint research units):
n Environnement Ville Société (“Environment City Society” -
EVS, UMR 5600) in the space science field
n Groupe d’Analyse et de Théorie Economique Lyon
Saint-Etienne (“Lyon Saint-Étienne Economic Theory and Analysis
Group” - GATE LSE, UMR 5824)
nTriangle (UMR 5206) in the political science field
n Centre de Recherches Critiques sur le Droit (“Centre of
Criti-cal Research on Law” - CERCRID, UMR 5137)
In addition, the master’s programme is linked to the Institut
des Mondes Urbains (“Urban Worlds Institute”) Laboratory of Excellence (LABEX).
The programme’s teaching staff also comprises practitioners
of professions linked to cooperation between the European Union and its neighbouring countries.
Finally, the programme’s instruction relies on:
n Guest professors and researchers from the European Union
and neighbouring regions
nFirsthand accounts by entrepreneurs with international
Organization of the AlterEurope professional
and research master’s degree programme
Semester 1 ALTEREUROPE FUNDAMENTAL KNOWLEDGE + 4 MAJORS Law/Economics/Geography/Political Science Semester 2 CORE CURRICULUM
(including a study trip to Brussels at the beginning of the semester) +
Optional coursework, according to Semester 1 majors +
Internship* 2 to 4 months (May-June, etc.) or Master’s Dissertation
CORE CURRICULUM +
Optional coursework according to the following 4 profession-based options:
Law professions Strategy assistance professions
Project/programme leadership and development professions Research
4 to 6 months and work placement report (March-June, etc.) or Research Dissertation
*International mobility in a neighbouring country obligatory for one of the two work placements. At the end of the first year, students can simultaneously validate the AlterEurope M1
and a field-specific M1 (business law, economic engineering) or the 4th year of Sciences Po, according to their field-specific profile.
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Programme LeadersCOURSE LEADER IN ECONOMICS
Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne firstname.lastname@example.org COURSE LEADER IN LAw
Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne email@example.com COURSE LEADER IN GEOGRAPhy AND GEOPOLITICS
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon firstname.lastname@example.org COURSE LEADER IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Sciences Po Lyon
The AlterEurope Master’s Degree programme benefits from networks of international partners developed by the Université Jean Monnet of Saint-Étienne, Sciences Po Lyon and ENS Lyon.