Course structure

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Courses are mainly given in the national language of the University except for Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland) where classes are taught in French, Spanish or Italian. Polish is not necessary to live in Poland if you have some knowledge of English.

As a rule, students should be prepared to take classes given in the local language of the country you are staying in (i.e., English for Sheffield, Italian in Bergamo). Students must have min. a B2 level in the two languages used in the University A and the University B. The use of the University C language is recommended though not compulsory.

 The Universities A and B provide the language classes to the students so that they have the necessary level to follow classes in their University C.

Some Universities (University of Sheffield, University of Saint Andrews and University of Guelph) have stricter and more specific language requirements, partly on account of national visa regulations.

Courses may be in French, Portuguese, Italian, English, Spanish, German.



Each semester worth 30 ECTS. Each student needs to complete 30 ECTS per semester and 120 ECTS at the end of the two-year Erasmus Mundus Masters programme to pretend to the Master degrees.

  • In Semester 1, you are trained in theoretical approaches and research methods, and in the acquisition or development of a third language ("subtexts"). During this semester, students need 20 ECTS for courses, and may have about 10 ECTS for one language course.
  • Semester 2 is devoted to the study of literature and the arts, and in particular to the interactions between different textual and artistic practices ("texts"). During this semester, students need 20 ECTS for classes. Two options are possible for the missing 10 ECTS: 1- to take an internship: 5 ECTS for internship and 5 ECTS for the dissertation report;2-no internship: 10 ECTS for the dissertation report.
  • Semester 3 opens out to the wider question of the relations between the arts and other aspects of society: history, culture, politics, language ("contexts").During this semester, students need 20 ECTS for courses, and 10 ECTS for the progress report.
  • Semester 4 is chiefly devoted to the writing of the final dissertation; the teaching modules are more specialised, and reflect the area of expertise of each institution. During this semester, students need 10 ECTS for courses and 20 ECTS for the final dissertation.




The dissertation is a very important work during the programme. It counts for a maximum of 40 ECTS out of the 120 ECTS.

This research work is personal and represents the student's sensitivity. The student will be supervised by one supervisor during his/her semesters 2-3 and one supervisor during his/her semester 4.


If a student wants to have a professional experience, an internship is possible between the Semester 2 and the Semester 3. It should be validated by the University B (Home University), and a report on the internship is assessed (5 ECTS).


The table below presents per semester and per institution the course modules which make up the overall programme.

Course structure
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Date of update October 12, 2017