Rome 2018-2019

Student application guidelines

The Diploma in Medieval Studies entitled European Diploma for the study of Medieval Latin written sources, organised in the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme, was created at Louvain-la-Neuve in 1991. More than twenty European and extra-European universities are involved. The courses focus on methodology and teaching of auxiliary disciplines: Classical Latin, Medieval Latin, History of Libraries, Palaeography, Codicology, Diplomatics, and Text Editing. All courses are taught in Italian, English, or French. The instructors come from different countries with the aim of introducing the students of the Diploma to a variety of methodological approaches and current research perspectives. Teaching takes place in an international setting and in direct contact with the manuscript collections held in the numerous libraries and archives of Rome. Attendance can take three forms: annual (60 ECTS), modular (30 ECTS), and personalised (2 or 4 ECTS). General coordination is by Professor Giacinta Spinosa, Università di Cassino e del Lazio meridionale (, in cooperation with Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA) in Rome (

Application and Enrolment Fees

Applications should be sent by September 30th, 2018 directly through our application form. Students coming from universities with an Erasmus+ agreement with FIDEM (see DEEM member universities) do not have to pay enrolment fee. Non-Erasmus+ students should pay an enrolment fee . Applicants should complete the online application form, and submit it with the documents listed in the form. In addition to personal and academic data, the applicants are required to list their degrees and in particular to state their reasons for wishing to pursue the Diploma. A letter of recommendation from their supervisor or another teacher should be included. The applicants will be informed about Selection committee decisions by September 30th, 2018.

Conditions of admission to the Diploma

  •  completion of three or four years (according to the country) of university studies in humanities;
  • a working knowledge of Latin: two intensive courses in Latin will be organized at the beginning of the course to refresh the students’ knowledge;
  • a working knowledge of French, English and basic Italian. Two optional courses in Italian will be arranged;
  • residence in Rome throughout the course, attendance at compulsory lectures, the writing of a research paper (for the annual programme and module A and B), and individual research work.

Types of Enrolment

New EUROPEAN DIPLOMA IN MEDIEVAL STUDIES offers three types of enrolment: annual, modular, and personalised:

  1. The complete annual programme lasts eight months, from October to May. This option is credited 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), 44 for the teaching received and 16 for a final dissertation. It consists of 22 weeks (from Monday to Friday) of 15 hours each (from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM) , with a total of 330 hours. It is part of the Erasmus+ programme. Non Erasmus+ students should pay an enrolment fee of € 1.000. It is possible to omit the Latin I and Latin II courses, on condition that the students present a university certificate testifying a good previous knowledge of classical Latin. The annual programme can be divided into two modules, A and B (see attached Depliant), which can be completed in two consecutive years.
  2. The modular programme allows students to enrol in one of many pre-defined modules of 15 weeks. These too are included in Erasmus+, and are credited 30 ECTS each. Non Erasmus+ students should pay an enrolment fee of € 600.
  3. Personalised enrolment allows the student to choose one or more disciplines among those offered during the year. This formula, outside Erasmus+, requires payment: € 150 for a two weeks course; € 100 for a one week course.

The courses, taught in Rome, are based on regular practical exercises in famous libraries and archives of the city, from the Vatican Library to the Biblioteca Angelica, Biblioteca Casanatense, and Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale.

The enrolment fee includes annual enrolment as FIDEM student member and  attendance fees of the  European Diploma in Medieval Studies programme 

Erasmus+ students types of enrolment


15 weeks
  • 15 weeks 30 credits in the ECTS Erasmus+ students who belong to one of our member universities are not asked to pay any enrolment fee.

Non-Erasmus+ students types of enrolment


15 weeks
  • 15 weeks One pre-defined module 30 credits in the ECTS out of Erasmus+ programme


2 weeks
  • 2 weeks free choice among disciplines 4 credits in the ECTS out of Erasmus+ programme


1 week
  • 1 week free choice among disciplines 2 credits in the ECTS out of Erasmus+ programme

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Further Information

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