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Prof. Stefano Schiavo

Welcome to the PhD Programme in International Studies

The contemporary world is in dynamic evolution and thus full of uncertainty, challenges, and opportunities. The conventional reference points that policy-makers and academics had used to understand the international system no longer provide the certainty they once did. The international system is still dominated by States as main actors but they must contend with a range of other actors that can now influence processes and outcomes, from organizations such as the European Union to individuals and associations making their voices heard in civil society. With its School of International Studies and the PhD Programme, the University of Trento seeks to respond to these changes and the consequently and rapidly increasing demand for internationally oriented professionals and academics who are capable of transcending the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines
The School of International Studies at the University of Trento is in many ways an ideal setting for such a Programme. It is interdisciplinary in nature – drawing from law, economics, political science, and history so that students can pursue advanced research in a broad variety of the issues characterising the contemporary international system and cutting across traditional academic boundaries. Moreover, the University of Trento is among the most internationally oriented universities in Italy. The School’s international vocation is reflected not only in its course offerings but also in its wide range of activities (e.g., seminars, workshops, conferences) and agreements with international partners (e.g. exchange programmes, joint research activities, internship programmes). The international dimension is also characteristic of the diverse composition of its past and current student body. Moreover, the School hosts a number of residents and visiting research fellows who contribute, together with Faculty members and PhD students, to the research activities conducted at the School. 
Besides the PhD Programme, the School offers three Master’s Degree Programmes: the Master’s in European and International Studies (MEIS), a joint Master’s Degree in International Security Studies (MISS) with the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, both taught entirely in English, and the International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies, a 24 month Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree awarded by a consortium of four universities: University of Glasgow (UK), City Dublin University (Ireland), Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), University of Trento.
The School organizes scientific and social events with the view to bringing Master students, PhD students and Faculty members together. 
Our alumni have begun to assume important positions in the academic and policy-making worlds, drawing on the skills they acquired while at the School. After more than ten years of PhD and Master’s programmes and with over 300 graduates, the School set up an Alumni Network that allows keeping track of their achievements and exchange with them. We are proud of what they have achieved and we look forward to helping you develop your understanding of the contemporary world. 
Due to the restrictions associated with the prevention of Covid-19 epidemic, during the a.y. 2020/2021 the School will adopt a mixed teaching approach to its courses and seminars, in line with what decided by the University of Trento. The priority will be to guarantee the respect of all health and safety and social distancing rules aimed at containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, while preserving the high quality of the research and teaching activities carried out at the School. Please, read very carefully all the guidelines prepared by the University and the School, and available on their websites.  
This said, I am very pleased that you have chosen the School of International Studies at the University of Trento as the venue for your doctoral studies, and I hope you will find your stay an enriching experience, as many before you did. 
Welcome to the School and good luck!



PhD Programme in International Studies, School of International Studies

Tommaso Gar, 14 I-38122 Trento, Italy
+39 0461 283105
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