Applications invited for FIDEM European Diploma in Medieval Studies


The Diploma of Mediaeval Studies entitled Diplôme européen d’étude des sources latines écrites du moyen âge, organised in the framework of the ERASMUS programme, was created at Louvain-la-Neuve in 1991. More than twenty European universities are involved, including Ghent UNiversity, coordinated by a member of University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (Italy) in cooperation with the Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA, Rome).

Applications should be sent by 15 September 2015 either directly online or by e-mail to the coordinator of the Diploma, Giacinta Spinosa. Students should pay an enrolment fee of 500 euros, apart from those coming from universities with an agreement with FIDEM (see the list) need not pay the enrolment charge. Applicants should complete the application form, and submit it with the documents listed in the form. In addition to personal and academic data, the applicants are asked to list their degrees and in particular to state their reasons for wishing to complete the Diploma. A letter of recommendation from their supervisor or other teacher should be included. The applicants will be notified of the sovereign decisions of the Selection committee by 30 September 2015 (course begins 19 October 2015).

Conditions of admission to the Diploma:

  • completion of four years of university studies in the humanities.
  • a working knowledge of Latin: an intensive course 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. An optional course in Italian will be arranged.
  • residence in Rome till the end of the Diploma, attendance at compulsory lectures, the writing of a research paper, and individual research work.

The annual programme lasts eight months. The courses focus on methodology and the teaching of auxiliary disciplines (Introduction to bibliography and sources; Mediaeval Latin ; Palaeography; Diplomatics; Codicology; Editing texts). In the course of the academic year 2015-2016, the courses, of 15 or 30 hours each, will be taught by specialist lecturers from various countries, in Italian, English and French.

More information and French version