MA Program in Cooperation and Development in Pavia

Deadline: 30 June 2015 (13h CET)
Open to: graduates in any major, holding an Italian Laurea Magistrale or comparable foreign degree
Scholarship: tuition fee waiver, accommodation, contribution to internship expenses


The Master Program in Cooperation and Development (Master C&D) is a master universitario di secondo livello, according to the Italian National Higher Education System, namely a Post-Graduate program fully taught in English. The program lasts 16 months and provides  more that 500 hours of teaching delivered by academicians, international professionals and experts. The whole program delivers 75 credits, according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Master C&D is the first Master Program in cooperation and development established in Italy, running continuously since 1997. It is jointly organized (joint degree) by the Institute of Advanced Study of Pavia-IUSS and the University of Pavia and involves three Italian NGO’s, namely CISP, COOPI and VIS.

The Master C&D aims at training professionals in the field of international cooperation through a highly qualified academic and professional training. Students have the possibility of studying in a multidisciplinary and multi-ethnic environment inside one of the oldest university systems in Europe. Every academic year 30 students coming from different cultural and academic backgrounds are exposed to an intensive period of study, followed by a direct field experience. Usually, the class is composed half by Italians and half by foreigners, mostly coming from Developing Countires.

Students are prepared to work in institutions like Non-Governmental Organizations, International Organizations, Governmental Bureaus, Research Centres, other Public or Private Institutions.

The main characteristic of this program is the strong link between the academia and the fieldwork, thanks to the collaboration among IUSS, University of Pavia and the three NGO’s CISP, COOPI and VIS.

Who can apply?

The Master is open every year to 30 students of different nationalities graduated in any major, holding an Italian Laurea Magistrale or comparable foreign degree. Mastery of English is a mandatory requirement.


The cost of enrollment for the academic year 2015-2016 is EUR7,000. The fees are to include: tuition fee, attendance to regular program classes and seminars, tutorship internship & vocational guidance, teaching material, free access to computer rooms and libraries

Financial aid will be granted to disadvantaged and meritorious students. Types of financial aid provided are:

  • total waiving of fees;
  • partial waiving of fees;
  • contribution to the accommodation cost in Pavia;
  • contribution to internship expenses.

A number of dedicated scholarships for students coming from developing countries is guaranteed. For more information about fees check the official web-site

How to apply?

Applications can be done exclusively on line through the link which will be active after 19th March 2015:

All the applications must include, in order:

  • motivation letter (maximum 300 words);
  • curriculum vitae;
  • one (maximum two) reference letters;
  • transcript of academic records;
  • certificate attesting English proficiency;
  • a copy of passport (or identity card);
  • for those applying for a scholarship: a copy of ISEE declaration (for Italians) or a copy of family income statement (for foreigners) related to the previous year.

Only selected students will be notified about their successful result.

For more information check the official web-site

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