CLE Erasmus Mundus Master Course in European Literary Cultures (CULTURES LITTÉRAIRES EUROPÉENNES)

January 17, 2022

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Location (s):

  • France
  • Greece
  • India
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Senegal
Mulhouse, Strasbourg, Thessaloniki, Mumbai, Bologna, Lisboa, Moscow, Dakar


The CLE Master Course seeks to provide a high quality preparation reflecting the multicultural aspects of Europe. It is organized by a consortium of EU and non-EU universities. The CLE Master Course is a two-year full-time academic program.

At the end of the two-year program, after defending their Master’s thesis before an international committee, CLE students receive two or three diplomas issued by the universities of the Consortium where they spent at least one semester.


Type of access: Open access with assessment of personal competencies

Place of teaching: Bologna (Italy), Strasbourg (France), Mulhouse (France), Thessaloniki (Greece), Lisbon (Portugal), Dakar (Senegal), Moscow (Russia), Mumbai (India)

CLE is a full-time 2-year Master's degree programme organized by a consortium of 5 EU and 3 non-EU universities. It seeks to provide a high quality preparation reflecting the multicultural aspects of Europe, along three main methodological lines: cultural, dynamic and skill-based education

Partner universities: 

  • Università di Bologna (coordination) 
  • Université de Haute-Alsace
  • Université de Strasbourg
  • Universidade de Lisboa
  • Panepistimion Thessaloniki
  • Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow
  • University of Mumbai
  • Université de Dakar

At the end of the two-year program, after defending their Master’s thesis before an international committee, CLE students receive a double or multiple degree issued by the universities of the Consortium where they spent at least one semester.

The language in which the courses are offered may vary according to the University providing them.

The CLE Master Course is a program devoted to improving the quality of European Higher Education Area and strengthening intercultural communication.

The program encourages and supports:

  • cooperation as well as student, scholar and staff exchange among universities;
  • the worldwide promotion of the image of the European Union as a space of academic excellence;
  • communication between university and cultural institutions and enterprises (Museums, Publishers, Foundations) as well as public and private companies;
  • better career opportunities for its graduates and access to the international workforce.

The CLE Master Course aims at providing international students with excellent T-shaped skills in:

  • at least three European languages (English – mandatory, two other languages among French, Italian and Greek);
  • at least three domains of European culture and thought (Literature, Art, Cultural History, Ethics and Aesthetics, Science of Language).

Over the years, many additional activities (seminars, conferences, workshops, language courses...) have been entrusted to high-profile scholars/guest lecturers. The CLE intends to maintain and reinforce this successful collaboration pattern.

After eleven successful years in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus program, the European Union has once again recognized the excellence of the CLE Master Course, confirming on june 2018 the particiaption to the Erasmus + Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees program. The CLE Master Course is selected for the third times. 

The grant includes a preparatory year (starting mid October 2018), followed by four student intakes from 2019 until 2024. During this time, 69 highly remunerated scholarships might be awarded to the best CLE students.

The program aims to:

  1. foster excellence, quality improvements, innovation, and internationalisation in higher education institutions (HEI);
  2. increase the quality and the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area and support the EU's external action in the higher education field, by offering full degree scholarships to the best Master students worldwide;
  3. improve the level of competences and skills of Master graduates, and in particular the relevance of the Joint Masters for the labour market, through an increased involvement of employers.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees programs are integrated study programs delivered by consortia of organisations from Program and Partner Countries. Erasmus+ funds scholarships for students, as well as grants for academics or guest lecturers to teach or research in the Master degree program.

Due to participation in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree program, the attractiveness of the CLE Master Course will be raised further to get the best students from all over the world. The Master Course improves the level of competences and skills of Master graduates and their employability thanks to the contribution of the associated partners.

In 2018 the CLE consortium was enriched with three new university partners: the Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal), the State University for the Humanities (RGGU) (Russia), and the University of Mumbai (India).

Objectives & Academic competence


The CLE Master’s program teaches students how to manage the manifold aspects of the European scene, offering them a multicultural education along three main methodological lines:

  • Cultural education in at least three domains of the European thought, ranging from literature to history and language sciences. High-level European languages education, complementing in-class with on-site practice in at least two countries of the CLE Consortium.
  • Dynamic education thanks to its program of international exchange. The CLE Master’s program wants to train dynamic and critical experts in the humanities, with a good awareness of country-specific problems and the ability to make competent decisions, relying on their rich cultural baggage.
  • Skill-based education intended to prepare the students to meet the needs of the job market. The CLE Master’s program offers several complementary activities (seminars with international scholars and professionals) aiming to improve at best its students' skills and to promote their employability. Therefore, the CLE Master's program also includes a one-week workshop studied to implement its students' competencies and creativity as well as their knowledge of the job market.

Academic competence

Students who obtain the Master degree in European Literary Cultures should possess a level of competence which corresponds to the “second cycle descriptor level” of the Tuning Project for European Studies.

They should be able:

  • to interpret events, developments and EU policies in national, regional and local areas (through didactic units 1 and 3 of the program);
  • to use different disciplinary methodologies in a complementary way (through units 1, 2 and 3);
  • to develop a guided research project (through units 1 and 2) and to work independently (with the unit 4);
  • to understand and interpret EU policies (through unit 3);
  • to understand and interpret ideas and concepts from Europe and European integration (through units 1 and 3);
  • to communicate in several international languages, using appropriate terminology (through unit 2 and mandatory Mobility required);
  • to move in different countries and possess good attitudes of cultural understanding (thanks to the compulsory mobility).

As far as educational goals are concerned, a CLE graduate should:

  • know at least three european languages (English, French, and Italian and/or Greek, depending on the mobility chosen);
  • know the different methodologies of literary studies (national literatures, comparative literature, literature and computer science etc.);
  • be able to develop a comprehensive bibliography, a research record and a research paper on a topic concerning European literature;
  • know at least three areas of methodologies (e.g. history of literature, textual analysis, history, art history, history of ideas etc.) to analyze the production of European culture in depth;
  • know the history and culture of Europe in order to contextualize the literary production in the broader context of European cultural history.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

Candidates must possess a good level of knowledge in the various fields that distinguish the Master's Degree: the literary, linguistic, historical, artistic and rhetorical field in relation to the European context. In order to apply for the CLE Master's Course, both Program and Partner candidates must possess:

a) a BA-equivalent degree (180 credits) allowing access to education Bac + 5 (i.e. a «Laurea triennale», a «Licence» or a Bachelor of Arts, etc.);

b) a university degree demonstrating they have taken a course in the following subjects: Literature, Language (Expressions Techniques, Linguistic and Language Sciences, Philology), History, Art History;

  1. for students who have obtained a degree within the Italian university system, see "Avviso di Ammissione";
  2. for students who have obtained a degree from any other country, the verification of the curricular requirements is based on the list of the exams as described in the transcript of records.

c) Suitable Academic Performance. Admission to the Master CLE (Erasmus Mundus) is subject to verification of the Suitable Academic Performance, carried out by a Selection Board, as representation of the partner universities. 


The assessment of the Suitable Academic Performance is carried out based on the following criteria:

a) Degrees, degree note, average of exams passed.

  1. For candidates with a qualification obtained in Italy, personal preparation is considered adequate if the final degree grade is equal to or higher than 100/110.
  2. For candidates with a qualification not obtained in Italy, the Selection Board, on the basis of the dossier submitted, will decide whether to invite the candidate to an oral interview or not.
  3. Candidates must obtain the first cycle degree by 31 July 2021. If the candidate has not yet obtained the first cycle degree at the time of submitting the application, he / she may be admitted provisionally, upon presentation of a document from his / her home University, which certifies the expected date of graduation.
  4. If the candidate does not obtain the degree by the deadline indicated above, the application will not be considered.

b) Knowledge and competency of the language of the University of the consortium where the student intends to stay during the first year of the Master's Degree (minimum level required B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Knowledge of Languages ​​- see TAB.1), certificates in one of the following ways:

  1. language certification
  2. cycle of previous university studies carried out in the language required for access
  3. cycle of primary and secondary studies entirely carried out in the language required for access

c) Knowledge and skills of the English language (minimum level required B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Knowledge of Languages) certified in one of the following ways:

  1. language certification
  2. cycle of previous university studies carried out in the language required for access
  3. cycle of primary and secondary studies entirely carried out in the language required for access


Deadline: January 17, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

EMJMD scholarships include the students' participation costs (including the tuition fees, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory costs related to the students' participation in the course), a contribution to student travel and installation cost and a subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the CLE Master’s program.

Contribution to participation costs (paid to the Consortium):

With "participation costs" we mean any compulsory administrative/operational cost related to the participation of the student in the CLE program (e.g. library, laboratory, tuition fees, insurance costs, etc.):

  • € 6.000 > per year per Partner Country candidates
  • € 3.000 > per year per Program Country candidates 


  • Students whose citizenship is one of the Erasmus+ Program Countries count as Program Country students. Students with a Partner Country citizenship who do not fulfil the Partner Country criteria defined above (12-months rule) count as Program Country students.
  • Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.

Contribution to the travel and installation costs (paid to the Student):


  • The CLE consortium will verify the place of residence of the candidate. At the application stage, candidates are required to provide a residence certificate (issued in accordance with the candidate's municipality normal registration rules) and/or a certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question. Both documents must state the candidate’s residence at the very moment of the application.
  • A contribution to installation costs is offered only to students resident of a Partner Country (€ 1.000 per intake). It is an incentive to help covering the additional costs related to the issuing of visas, residence permits, etc. as well as the temporary accommodation needs upon arrival in the first hosting Consortium country and the subsequent mobility trajectories.

Contribution to subsistence costs (paid to the Student):

  • € 1.000 per month for the entire duration of the CLE study program (23 months)
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