Admission and requirements

Requirement for Admission

The working language of GLOPEM is english. Italian language level certificate must not be delivered for Master programmes entirely taught in english (as GLOPEM), provided that different rules are not mentioned in the annual call.

Applicants must have knowledge of English certified by an international certification, or proved by an exam passed in the Bachelor degree course (Italian grade 27/30 or a grade equivalent to level B1 of the Council of Europe scale).Please, find below the Global Scale based on the distinction among basic user (A1 and A2), Independent User: B1 and B2 and Proficient User: C1 and C2

Self-Assessment Grid showing major categories of language use at each of the six levels are available on the Council of Europe web site at:

Please, remember that Language schools and certificate bodies evaluate their own equivalences against the framework. Therefore, you have to check the correspondence of your language school score with the Council of Europe Scale to verify the correspondence with the admission requirement.

Global Scale
Proficient User
C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Independent User
B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Basic User
A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Students wishing to improve their English before entering the Programme can find more information on the University Language Services pages.


Admission to the MA programme in Global Politics and Euro-Mediterranean Relations (GLOPEM) is managed by the University of Catania offices. You may find all the necessary information at the following link: Admission academic year ...

Adimission of some candidates may require the passing of a colloquium.
The colloquium is run in english and is aimed at verifying student's motivation, interest and knowledge of the topics of the Master programme.

Suggested Reading List
International Relations and EU Politics
  • Attinà F. (2011), The global political system, Palgrave, or Attinà F. (2003), Il sistema politico globale. Introduzione alle relazioni internazionali, Laterza
  •  Hix Simon and Bjorn Hoyland (2011),  The political system of the European Union, London, Palgrave MacMillan, or Attinà Fulvio e Natalicchi Giorgio (2010), L’Unione Europea. Governo, istituzioni e politiche, Bologna, Il Mulino.
Global History and History of Africa
  • B. Mazlish (2006), The New Global History, Rotledge or A. Giovagnoli  (2003), Storia e globalizzazione, Laterza.
  • Ilan Pappé (2010), The Modern Middle East, London and New York, Routledge.
History of Political Thought and Political Philosophy
  • Mastellone S. (1995), "A History of Democracy in Europe" from Montesquieu to 1989, CET or Mastellone S. (2006), "Storia della Democrazia in Europa" dal XVIII al XX secolo, UTET.
  • Kimlicka W. (2001), Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction. Oxford: OUP or Kimlicka W., Introduzione alla filosofia politica contemporanea, Feltrinelli; oppure. S. Veca, La filosofia politica, Laterza