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Post-graduate program in Cooperation and Development


The Program in Cooperation and Development features a 15-month schedule with more than 500 hours of classes and seminars. It has a special focus on inclusive development. The Program is full time and is fully taught in English. It is jointly organized by the University of Pavia and the Institute of Advanced Study of Pavia-IUSS and it is carried out with the significant support of three Italian NGO’s, namely CISP, COOPI, and VIS.

The Program aims at training professionals in the field of international cooperation through a highly qualified academic and professional training. Usually, the class is composed half by Italians and half by foreigners, mostly coming from Developing Countries.

Quick Facts

Duration 1 year
Start Date October 
Tuition Fee €8,000
Location Pavia, Italy


The Program offers a theoretical part lasting from November to June focusing on disciplines such as Development Economics, Methodology of Social Research, Current Development Issues, Project Management related to International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid.

The courses are structured as follows:

Preliminary Courses: they include around 100 hours of classes; this section aims at providing students with a basic economic and quantitative background needed to undertake the studies that follow.

Core courses in Development Economics: the main objectives of this section are: a) to equip students with a broad theoretical background that will enable them to understand the debate on economic development and b) to develop students’ ability to pinpoint the national and international economic policy decisions that impact most heavily on economic and social development.

Core courses in Project Management: the aim of this part is to enable students to understand and analyze the political context in which NGOs work and to provide them with the essential tools for designing, implementing and managing development programs and projects.

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Core courses on Development Issues and Tools: the main objectives of this section are: a) to broaden the discourse on development to political, historical and anthropological aspects; b) to provide students with an overview of the most recent and sensitive issues in the international debate, with reference to development processes at regional and global level; c) to equip students with some methodological, research and managerial tools they will need in the professional career.

Fees and scholarships

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

All candidates are highly encouraged to look for alternative sources of funding (i.e. consulting local Italian diplomatic missions for yearly scholarship opportunities).

Entry Requirements

Master’s Degree in subjects related to the Program (at least 4 years of University studies):

Mastery of English is a mandatory requirement.

Cooperation is not only a vocation but also a profession which requires preparation, focus, sensibility and sound skills.

Individuals working in this sector should demonstrate good decision-making and organizational skills, and at the same time be able to carry out their work in a creative, independent and flexible manner.

What our students say

“What you expect when you plan a visit to an Italian town is to see ancient buildings, to experience grand medieval architecture, and to enjoy being part of a unique and lively environment. Pavia is this kind of town. The old University, its perfect location, the good public services around town, and the availability of study facilities offer the necessary conditions to facilitate the learning process. Thanks to the work of the many students’ organizations, entertainment is guaranteed: you will never be bored here!”

Ruslan Minich, Ukraine, graduate in World Politics and International Relations

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