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The programme of Master of Arts in Economics of International Trade and European Integration (further to be referred to as EITEI, MA EITEI or „programme“) is an English-language international studies programme. The programme is organized by a consortium of seven European partner universities, even though the teaching itself takes place at only four of them.

University Country Common abbreviation Does the teaching take place there?
Universiteit Antwerpen Belgium UA Yes, in the 2nd trimester*
Università degli Studi di Bari Italy UB -
Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium VUB -
Universidad de Cantabria Spain UC -
Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille France USTL Yes, in the 1st trimester* optionally with the SU*
Staffordshire University The U.K. SU Yes, in the 1st trimester* optionally with the USTL*
Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze (University of Economics, Prague) The Czech Republic VŠE (UEP) Yes, in the 3rd trimester*

* see Study time schedule

The programme has two main characteristics:

  1. In 2005, the programme was selected by the European Commission as an ERASMUS MUNDUS programme, and it has been running as such since the academic year 2006/07
  2. The EITEI is a Joint European Studies Programme, a category having  certain specific features

The implications of these respective characteristics are as follows:


The selection of the EITEI as an ERASMUS MUNDUS programme provided for non-European students to apply to the programme as well. Thus, while from the beginning of the programme up to academic year 2005/06 it was mainly EU-countries’ students or candidate countries’ students who participated in the programme, now the ratio between the number of European and non-European students has been changing. The overall participation of non-European students has increased and so has the number of nationalities represented among the students. All this will without any doubt deepen the benefits of studying in an international environment, such as getting to know different cultures, meeting colleagues from all over the world and other.

Due to the fact that this website is not primarily destined for applicants from the category ERASMUS MUNDUS (the so-called „third-country nationals“), the specific rules relating to this category (such as rules of admission procedure, funding, etc.) are not explained here. For this information see the following website of the Universiteit Antwerpen: This page is a section of the programme official website ( that the Universiteit Antwerpen runs. There, you may find also a description of the programme, differently structured and more detailed. For general information about the ERASMUS MUNDUS category, see the following website of the European Commission:

B. Joint European Studies Programme

The terms „joint programme“ or „joint degree“ are categories to a certain extent unified at the level of  European space of higher education, even though differences remain between the individual national legislations. The Joint European Studies Programme represents a general category of international studies programmes that have among other things these common features:

  1. the content of study, curriculum and rules of admission procedure, examination,  awarding diplomas and other are prepared jointly by the partner universities
  2. courses taken and examinations passed are recognized fully and automatically at all partner institutions
  3. students from the individual partner universities study a significant part of the programme at other partner institutions, however, it is not a requirement for the JESP that the students study at all of the partner institutions (which is the case with EITEI)
  4. joint programmes with their international character give the graduates an important advantage in the labour market, providing them with valuable experience, such as getting to know different academic approaches or meeting people with different cultural backgrounds. It is needless to emphasize that this experience of an international environment is highly valued by the prospective employers.

For more detailed information about joint programmes and degrees, visit website of the European University Association, this topic is dealt with for example at