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Master in Transnational Governance

Programme Start Date




Application Deadline:
28/02/2022 24:00 CET

  • Starting date: 1 September 2022
  • Application deadline: 28 February 2022
  • Duration: 2 years 
  • Academic credits: 120 ETCS
  • Tuition fee: 14.000 euros per academic year 
  • Language requirements: B2 level of English 
  • Location: Palazzo Buontalenti, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Applications open for Fall 2022 class: 18 October 2021
Final application deadline: 28 February 2022
Student selection: 1 March – 13 April 2022
Notification of results: 15 March – 13 April 2022
Student confirmation decision deadline: 10/30 April 2022

Additional IMPORTANT dates based on the admission offer:

Deadline for tuition fee deposit: 30 April 2022 / 20 May 2022
Deadline for first year tuition fee: 30 June 2022
Initiation of Visa procedure: 23 May 2022 onwards
Delivery of Visa supporting documents: 1 June 2022 onwards

Fast Track Selection Timeline: 

10% Discount on full tuition if application submitted in full by 09 Jan 2022 

Students who are not seeking any form of financial assistance, and who intend to pay for their tuition fees and expenses themselves are eligible for a 10% discount on the full tuition fee as well as early admission decision, if they fully submit their applications by 09 January 2022. 

Deadline for full application submission: 9 January 2022
Fast-track student selection: January 2022
Notification of results: January 2022
Fast-track student confirmation decision deadline: February 2022
Fast-track deadline for tuition fee deposit: February 2022
Final deadline for first year tuition fee: 30 June 2022


Boot Camp

The Boot Camp is a two-week introduction period with that kicks off the academic year prior to the beginning of classes. It takes place at the end of September and provides a friendly and casual environment in which students can get to know the STG faculty on a personal level. During the Boot Camp, students will get a baseline understanding of transnational governance as it is taught in the programme, while learning more about the Institute’s social activities, and what it means to be a member of the EUI and STG community.

First year

The programme’s first year lays the foundation for understanding and analysing governance in a transnational context. Students study transnational law, economics, politics, and institutions, so to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on transnational governance. Students learn about emergent actors and practices of transnational governance, as well as studying the drivers of contemporary shifts in global interdependence and their implications for democratic systems.


Between the first and the second year of study, students participate in an internship programme with one of our international partner organisations, which include UNCTAD, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, and the European Parliament. The internship is worth 10 ECTS and last a minimum of 300 hours. The internship is a crucial opportunity for students to gain more international experience while expanding their professional network.

Second year

During the second year, students specialise in an area transnational governance of their choosing. Additionally, they are also able to participate in a broad range of events, talks, workshops, and lectures held by globally recognised leaders to advance their expertise and professional development. To complete the programme and earn their degree, each student chooses to either write an academic-focused Master Thesis or engage in a practice-oriented Capstone Project.

  • Public Leadership, Management and Administration
  • International Political Economy and Regulation
  • Politics, Democracy and Citizenship
  • Peace, Conflict and Security
  • Digitalisation, Technology and Media
  • Climate, Migration and Health

Between the first and the second year of study, students participate in a curricular internship programme with one of our international partner organisations, which include UNCTAD, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, the European Parliament, Oxfam, the World Bank, the European Court of Auditors, and many more. A full list of our partners who have built ad-hoc internship projects for our students can be found here.

Students who wish to pursue other internships opportunities outside the STG’s institutional partners must seek these out independently. The Curricular internship are an integral part of the study programme. Worth 10 ECTS , the internship must be at least 300 hours long (approximately between 6 - 12 weeks). Internships take place during the Spring - Summer break, i.e. between the second and third term of the first year of study.

The curricular internship is an opportunity for students to gain more hands-on experience in an international environment, while expanding their professional network.  Students take part in their “curricular internship” before receiving their degree and is therefore an on-the-ground training experience, not a work contract, and as such is generally not paid. It is at the sole discretion of the hosting organisation to provide a stipend to the students. Students must therefore plan for this activity in their budget, while also considering all the logistics involved (i.e. accommodation, transports, insurance, VISA when needed) in pursuing an internship abroad.

For Italy, compensation (monetary contribution) and any benefits are at the discretion of the employer, as they are not  prescribed by law.

In case of internships abroad, compensation (monetary contribution) and any benefits depend on respective national laws.

The governing rules of curricular internships are established by current national, European, and regional laws and regulations, and by the University.

For more information about Internships, contact: [email protected]

Session Application Selection Effective
Academic Year
Curricular Internships 3 November - 7 January 7 January - 14 February April 19th – August 31st  (min. 300h/ 10 ECTS)

Extra-curricular/ Postgraduation Interships

January March April – June - September 

A unique component of our master’s programme is the importance given to the development of practical skills. Throughout the two-year programme, students have the opportunity to attend a wide range of different workshops to further develop their skills in areas such as project management, communication, negotiation and much more. Combined with the core theoretical course foundation covered in year one, participating in  these workshops prepares student to successfully take on leadership and management positions in a globalised world.

The EUI is among 24 universities in Italy who are part of the UNHCR project 'Corridors for Refugees' (UNICORE). The project, now in its third year, enables 43 refugees from Ethiopia to enroll in degree courses in universities across Italy. The STG welcomed two students in September 2021.

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