Why LUISS School of European Political Economy (SEP)?

The School of European Political Economy (SEP) is part of LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli. An independent university established between 1974 and 1978, it has four departments: Political Science, Law, Business and Management, and Economics and Finance. LUISS offers an advanced model of education, aiming not only to impart knowledge but also to help students engage in flexible and open-minded reasoning. There are many reasons why LUISS supports research and teaching on governance and European policy. In a period when European issues are pervasive and determine the cornerstones of national economic policies, Italy is one of the few member states that does not have an institution dedicated to this topic--one capable of functioning both as a school and a think tank. LUISS is in an excellent position to fill this gap, thanks to its ability to attract research expertise and establish international connections. Through SEP, it has created a center for academic research and advanced training that can also help guide policymakers. Studying at the School of European Political Economy means becoming a part of the dynamic and international LUISS community. Students of our master’s courses are actively involved in all academic initiatives, seminars, and conferences at the university. For details regarding these activities, please see the LUISS web site. Here, however, we have outlined a few important aspects. With regard to teaching, the LUISS model is based on:

  • a selective student body;
  • an admission test;
  • obligatory, full-time attendance;
  • a distinguished faculty, with backgrounds in academia, as well as the highest levels of the corporate world;
  • intensive study of foreign languages and information technology;
  • a well-stocked, targeted library with an online catalog;
  • an extensive network of international exchanges with 100 European and non-European universities;
  • assistance from qualified tutors during the entire degree program and internship; and
  • seminars and debates on important issues, integrated with courses held during the academic year.

SEP master’s candidates can take advantage of all the services that LUISS reserves for its students.

About Us

Efficient interaction with European institutions can determine the success of public and private companies. It represents a key factor for the growth of big and medium-sized firms in all member states of the European Monetary Union. Companies often lack a thorough and adequate knowledge of the European regulatory framework, and European institutions need to improve their capacity to assess the impact of regulation on the private sector. The School of European Political Economy (SEP) is a twin and complementary institution to the LUISS School of Government (SOG). Both operate under the umbrella of the LUISS School of Governmental Studies (LSGS).


SEP aims at contributing to the creation of a more solid foundation for economic prosperity and social cohesion in the European Union. In order to achieve this goal as effectively as possible, it takes advantage of LUISS's ability to attract prominent researchers and experts. It also benefits from around forty Senior Fellows, all of whom add notable international connections. Some of the members of LIGEP, a former group of international economists coordinated by Jean-Paul Fitoussi, number among them. SEP has established links with the main centers of European economic research, where SEP’s faculty is already actively involved. It also employs young international scholars interested in researching the European economy and institutions.


SEP is directed by Marcello Messori (LUISS University, Rome), and has a Scientific Council chaired by Stefano Micossi (Collège d’Europe, Bruges, and Assonime, Rome). Other members of its Council are Marcello Clarich (LUISS), Marcello De Cecco (LUISS), Stefano Manzocchi (LUISS), Pier Carlo Padoan (University of Rome La Sapienza), Francesco Saraceno (OFCE, Paris and Sciences-Po, Paris), and Gianni Toniolo (LUISS). The core research team is composed of five full-time researchers and the think tank has ready access to expertise from the above-mentioned network of Senior Fellows. External scholars and researchers interested in its activities are members of a committee known as SEP Friends. Mariagiulia Porcelli is responsible for executive coordination. Leonardo Risorto is the academic tutor for SEP's master's programs, and Layla Tarar is the editor of our website. LUISS NETWORK What distinguishes LUISS is its privileged relationship with the business world. Over 200 companies, multinationals, and public and private institutions collaborate with the university, each offering real opportunities to enter the business world. LUISS provides students with multiple opportunities to meet and learn from business professionals. Its connections with the institutional and European network enhances the career prospects of its graduates.

Master's Program

SEP offers a second-level Master in European Economic Governance (MEEG). It is a one-year program taught in English, aiming to form experts on European regulatory issues by providing a strong background in advanced economies and a deep understanding of EU and EMU institutions. In conjunction with the School of Public Administration, SEP also offers a one-year Master in Scienze Comportamentali e Amministrazioni (SCA). Taught in Italian, it aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for management-level jobs in Italian public administration. LUISS'S SERVICES


The library specializes in Social Sciences, particularly in Law, Economics, and Political Science. It holds about 120.000 books and subscribes to over 2.000 paper journals, 75 databases, and over 30.000 e-journals.


A free shuttle service links the different university venues.


In order to satisfy student demand for accommodation, the Real Estate University Services office helps and supports students that are looking for a place to stay. The Service is free for LUISS students.


At the University Union, students can access a cost-free health care service (Preventative Care and Emergency Medical Services).


LUISS organizes many cultural activities for its students. The University also has agreements with a number of theatres in Rome, offering students reduced-price tickets or discount season tickets.


Students practice all kinds of sports at LUISS: basketball, soccer, volleyball, rugby, athletics. Sports activities take place at PALALUISS, Acqua Acetosa field, and the CUS field.


The ARION Bookshop has a notable selection of books on Management, Law, Economics, Marketing, History, and Politics. The bookshop is located on the Campus, at Viale Romania, 32.


The Copy Center (Viale Romania, 32 and Viale Pola, 12) is available for photocopying and binding services and has a good selection of stationery.

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The Master in European Economic Governance (MEEG) aims to train full-fledged economists and experts in the field of European regulation and policy. Technical and analytic ... [+]

The Master in European Economic Governance (MEEG) aims to train full-fledged economists and experts in the field of European regulation and policy. Technical and analytical competencies acquired through the program are intended to form professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the European regulatory framework, who are adept at managing relations between national institutions, companies, and European institutions.

Almost all big and medium-sized firms operating within EMU member states entertain stable and continuous interactions with key European institutions. These interactions are often hindered by insufficient knowledge of the regulatory framework on the side of firms. On the flipside, European institutions often fail to factor in technical and country-specific instruments, causing them to inadequately assess the impact of their regulatory framework on the private sector. MEEG aims at training professionals who can see the complete picture and act as a vital link between national institutions, companies, and European institutions. After one year, MEEG students will earn an international master's degree (Master di II livello) in Economics.... [-]

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Prof. Messori presents the Master in European Economic Governance