During the Third Term of the Programme, from September to mid-October, ERMA students focus on the finalization of their Master’s Theses accommodated at the Bologna`s University Residential Center of Bertinoro (CEUB). During this period students benefit from comprehensive tutorship assistance, attend short seminars and lectures led by professors participating in the ‘‘Europe and the Balkans International Network (EBIN)’ within the yearly international summer school organized by the Institute for Central-Eastern and Balkan Europe (IECOB). Moreover, they enjoy living together, excursions and field visits. This term is compulsory and awards 20 ECTS.

The University of Bologna Residential Centre is located in a picturesque medieval town of Bertinoro, Emilia-Romagna, rich of history and popular traditions, and situated in Central Italy in the heart of the wonderful Foreste Casentinesi e Campigna National Park.



“Santa Sofia a city hidden between the hills where everyone can feel and enjoy the Italian nature. For 8 years in a row, it welcomes Balkan students offering them a nice place to stay, to share emotions, thoughts and even difficult moments on finalizing their studies. The best place to find yourselves and decide what come next.”

Rozana Baci, Albania, ERMA 2015/16

“Final part of life-changing ERMA degree is housed in the tranquility of Italian province, surrounded by endless greenery and breathtaking views of Foreste Casentinesi highlands. This calm ambiance nourishes a peaceful state of mind and evidently is an inspiring environment for young creative people to write and produce high-quality academic research.”

Mirko Kerkez, Serbia, ERMA 2015/16