European Business Studies

The purpose of the Alma Mater Europaea - ECM's European Business Studies master’s program is to educate and prepare students to be innovative managers and leaders who will lead businesses and create new policies in Europe.

The Alma Mater Europaea European Business Studies master's program teaches students to do business in Europe effectively and equip them with comprehensive knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the commercial, political, legal and sociocultural framework in both a European and an international context.

At Alma Mater Europaea we train students to think outside the box – to identify critical paths and propose specific and high-quality solutions. Graduates will be able to put theory and methodology into practice as they collaborate to implement management and leadership principles in the modern workplace.

Academic excellence. Innovative programs. Real-world connections. First-class educational experience. Impact your career. Study in the heart of Europe.



  Course ECTS
Total per year 60
Total per study program 120
1. semester
1 European political, economic and legal system 6
2 European civilisation and cultural values 6
3 European institutions, networks and lobying 6
4 Research methods and systemic approach 6
5 Ethics and professional standards 6
Total 30
2. semester
6 Project management 6
7 Management of European projects 6
8 Legal aspects of European projects 6
9 Financing European projects 6
10 Financial resources of European projects 6
Total 30


  Course ECTS
Total per year 60
Total per study program 120
3. semester
11 Elective course I 6
12 Elective course II 6
13 Elective course III 6
14 Elective course IV 6
15 Internship or excursion or seminar paper 6
Total 30
4. semester
16 Master thesis 30
Total 30

Other courses

1 Political relations of Russia and the EU 6
2 Doing business in Russia 6
3 Doing business in China 6
4 Croatia in European Integration processes 6
5 Business Communication 6
6 Business English 6
7 Entrepreneurship and leadership 6
8 Public relations 6
9 Preparation for IPMA certification 6
10 Basics of organisational communication 6
11 Managing a family business 6
12 Corporate social responsibility 6
13 Low-carbon economy 6
14 Entrepreneurial challenges 6
15 EU Methodology for project management 6





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Verica Trstenjak, Ph.D., is an Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. Verica Trstenjak passed her bar exam in 1987 and obtained her doctor's degree at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana in 1995. She worked as a head of the legal service at the Ministry of Science and Technology between 1994 and 1996, and as State Secretary at the same ministry between 1996 and 2000. In 2000 she held a post of a Secretary-General of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Verica Trstenjak pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Zürich (Universität Zürich), the Institute of Comparative Law of the University of Vienna (Institut für Rechtsvergleichung der Universität Wien), the Max Planck Institute for Private International Law in Hamburg (Max-Planck-Institut für Internationales Privatrecht), and the Free University of Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). She has cooperated also with non-governmental organizations in Slovenia and contributed to preparation of Foundations Act. From 1997 to 2000 she was also a leader of the working group 17 for the accession negotiations of Slovenia with EU. In 2012 she was appointed external scientific member of the newly established Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law in Luxembourg and appointed Professor of European Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna (Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Wien).


Graduates of the  Alma Mater Europaea European Business Studies master’s program will have a successful foundation for starting and advancing in their careers and will be equipped with applicable business skills taught by world-class experts from various fields.

The carefully designed program and teaching system allow students to acquire and enhance those characteristics prospective employers deem most essential: proactivity, timely reactions, awareness, accessibility, on-line communication skills, and the ability to use new technology in solving ongoing issues.

All Alma Mater Europaea - ECM lectures are filmed and e-learning supported. You can watch them in live stream and re-run them at home as many times as you like.


Whether developing human resources, enhancing organizational effectiveness, increasing productivity, or overseeing dynamic growth, the Alma Mater Europaea - ECM equips students with the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to face the challenges common in leadership positions and achieve their professional and personal goals.

Graduates in European Business Studies will be qualified to assume middle- and high-level management positions in all areas of business administration, particularly those with an international element.

Depending on your area of interest, possible careers with a business degree could include:

  • Management consultancy
  • Trading
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Market research
  • Insurance
  • Human resources
  • DURATION: 4 semesters / 2 years
  • TITLE: Master of European Business Studies
  • LOCATION: Slovenia, Croatia
  • START DATES: October

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