Manipal Centre for European Studies (MCES) was established in December 2009 with a call for proposals from the Delegation of European Union to India to establish Centre for European Studies in India and Contemporary India Study Centres in Europe. Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) became the only private university to have been selected among the three centres established in this call and MCES became a further testament to the University’s commitment and belief in the sans-border education.


The objective of the Centre is to develop and broaden Indo-EU relations by sharing each other’s strengths through educational enterprise and the fostering of institutional partnerships between universities, leading to a mutually beneficial exchange of best academic practices and enhancement of common human knowledge.


With this view, the Centre offers a Master program in European Studies (MA European Studies), with specializations in European Business and Economics, European Politics and International Relations, and European Society and Culture. This two-year program provides opportunities for students to study a part of their program in Europe with scholarships and fee waivers and is the only such program to be offered in India. MCES is also host to a competitive PhD program which lends itself to two macro areas of research – Internationalization in Higher Education and Multilingualism.


Through the Centre for Intercultural Studies and Dialogue (CISD), Summer and Winter School programs are offered each year for students from different European Universities. These are uniquely designed programs specific to the visiting Universities and revolve around the broader topics pertaining to Indian and European philosophy, religious and cultural characteristics of India, alternate education and medicine, etc.


MCES has also been a recipient of many significant grants under the Erasmus+ program funded by the European Union. In last four years, the centre has been successful in sending its students for a part of the study program in Europe with grants including Erasmus+ Credit mobility programs. Dr Neeta Inamdar, Head of the Department, was also successful in getting a Jean Monnet module in Cultural Analysis and European Identity in 2014 and was awarded with a Jean Monnet Chair in 2017. MCES also completed a Jean Monnet Project in Internationalization of Higher Education and Bologna Process funded in 2015. An Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) project was awarded in 2016 to MAHE as the first in the country in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), a bilingual model for school education. And in 2018, MCES became the recipient of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence grant in India – EU interdisciplinary studies. 


You can also visit : http://coemces.manipal.edu/


It is led by Dr Neeta Inamdar, Professor and Head of the Department, who holds a Jean Monnet Chair in EU Economic Integration and European Identity.


Our Programs


• Doctoral Studies and Research

• MA European Studies

• Summer and Winter Schools




Manipal Centre for European Studies (MCES) offers a wide variety of programs and courses in the areas of European Studies. Since 2009, for a decade, it has become a major hub of research activities in European Studies and received the recognition of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in India-EU Interdisciplinary Studies dealing with Culture, Literature, Education, Society, and others. The Master’s program in European Studies forms a strong basis for the research possibilities in the topics pertinent - Politics and International Relations, Business and Economics, Education and Society, Culture and Literary Studies and Languages. 

Further, MCES offers an interdisciplinary platform for Doctoral Studies and Research through its PhD program in niche and promising areas. It concentrates on the areas of study, which are pertinent to the European and Indian contexts. MCES invites graduates from across disciplines for a full-time PhD program, who are interested in contributing to the research domains integral to the Indian and European Studies. 

Doctoral students at MCES can choose from a range of topics in the context of India and Europe within the following thematic fields: 

  Internationalisation of Higher Education/Cross-border Education
  Multilingualism, Plurilingualism, Linguistic diversity, and Language policy
  Cultural diversity, Multiculturalism, and Interculturalism

The full-time doctoral curriculum at MCES is a 36-month program, leading to the award of a doctoral degree on completion. During the first year, students undertake coursework for completion of mandatory credits. In the second year, they undertake fieldwork, which is a crucial and exciting element of the PhD program. Doctoral students work very closely with their supervisors and receive feedback on a regular basis. All of them are highly encouraged to spend a part of their research period in one of the partner universities in Europe thereby stimulating the exchange of knowledge and best practices relevant to their areas of research. Graduates interested in pursuing the PhD program at MCES may enrol themselves under Dr TMA Pai PhD fellowship program as and when announced. 


Dr TMA Pai PhD fellowship is a full time, three-year, structured PhD program offered at Manipal Academy of Higher Education. The intake of PhD scholars takes places twice in the year; January and July each year. The details for call for applications can be found on 





MA European Studies is a one-of-its-kind master program in India that caters to a growing interest in the study of Europe and European Union institutions, which is becoming increasingly relevant in a globalizing world. This multidisciplinary program creates a much-needed platform for graduates from various disciplines to align their academic and career prospects under the overarching and topical field of European Studies. With a unique opportunity to study a part of the program in a European partner university, this Master program is designed to foster the understanding of various aspects of Europe and the EU, centred around three specialization tracks: Business and Economics, Politics and International Relations, Cultural and Literary Studies.










It is led by Dr Praveen Shetty, who holds Jean Monnet Module, Building Bridges: Indo-European Intercultural Dynamics. 

Centre for Intercultural Studies has been successfully organising summer/winter school programs for the International students from across the globe. The idea behind organising these programs is to provide our guests with a glimpse into the diverse Indian culture. Domestic diversity in India is both intriguing and fascinating and has held great interest to all who have stepped on this land. Here, at the summer/winter school program we offer our guests the opportunity to encounter the multifaceted hues of India and take a deeper look into it and try and decipher these nuances. 

This School attempts to portray the dynamic and enriching ‘multiculturality’ of India with well planned activities such as lecture-cum-demonstrations, workshops, and visits to significant places around.





Launched in 2019, EIO is an initiative by the Manipal Centre for European Studies with a vision of establishing an office dedicated to disseminating information about the Erasmus + program funded by the European Union and to guide students and staff at the MAHE campus who are participating or who want to participate in this program in different capacities.

EIO aims to aid students and staff with information about the various Erasmus+ initiatives like Staff and Student Mobility (ICM), Erasmus Mundus Joint Degrees, Capacity building in the field of Higher Education, Jean Monnet activities as well as other opportunities offered by the different European Union funding schemes. It aspires to extend support and encourage scholars at MAHE to apply for these programs and also to collaborate with other Higher Education Institutions within India and around the world. EIO also plans to venture into organizing information seminars at MAHE and eventually expand its scope of work.


To encourage more student and staff participation from Manipal in Erasmus Programme 
To share former experiences and provide information to potential Erasmus beneficiaries in Manipal about student/staff mobility to Europe 
To organize information seminars about Erasmus Programme in different institutions within MAHE 
To conduct information seminars and cultural sensitivity workshops for Manipal students and international students in Manipal.

What is Erasmus +? 

‘Erasmus’ stands for European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students. It is the European Union’s funding scheme which supports activities in the field of education, training, youth and sport. The program offers many opportunities for individuals and organisations from facilitating student and staff mobility to funding research projects in the field of higher education.

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To help you get started EIO has prepared an ‘Introduction to Erasmus– Version 1’ booklet which gives you a brief insight into what Erasmus has to offer and how you can participate. This booklet has been prepared for Indian Universities and individuals and thus, the eligibility criteria reflected is for India alone.

To download 'Introduction to Erasmus – Version 1'    Click Here

You can also write to us with your queries at projects.mces@manipal.edu



Erasmus Manipal Network (EMN) is an initiative 
By whom? 

The beneficiaries of Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, Erasmus + Credit Mobility Project and other projects under the Erasmus program from Manipal

The network includes students and faculty members from Manipal who have had a chance to be a part of the Erasmus program

For Whom? 

Aspiring students and faculty members from MAHE and around Manipal, who wish to participate in Erasmus program

Higher education institutions within and outside MAHE motivated to apply for the institutional projects in Erasmus program

Why do we need EMN? 

Since the late 1980s, the Erasmus program has facilitated student and staff mobility as well as contributed towards institutional cooperation between universities in Europe and the rest of the world
 There is an increasing interest to participate in the Erasmus program within and around Manipal Growing awareness and interest within MAHE to participate in Erasmus Programme From 2013 to 2018, there have been more than 60 outgoing mobilities including Erasmus and other fellowships to Europe from MAHE

Objectives of EMN? 

EMN strives to widen this network in terms of its outreach and size
EMN aims to provide information to the aspiring beneficiaries of Erasmus program from Manipal Erasmus experience – goes beyond books, a semester abroad is a culturally enriching endeavour – facilitate similar experiences for a larger community in Manipal
Similar yet different learnings from Erasmus experience – platform to share and learn from each other – bring out Dos and Don’ts for the aspiring Erasmus students and faculty members in Manipal.


Vision & Mission


MA European Studies, a flagship program of the department, is unique and the only one of its kind in the entire country."

Dr Neeta Inamdar


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    A Canadian private foundation, Operation Eyesight Universal, gave Kasturba Hospital a completely equipped eye van. 

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    TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) was set up this year. Today, it is among the leading management institutes in the country. 

    TAPMI’s mission is to build capacity in professional management in the country, and closer home, to reinforce the existing educational and health infrastructure at Manipal.

    In early 2009, its 25th year running, TAPMI shifted to a new scenic 42-acre residential campus in Manipal.

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    TMA Pai Hospital (TMAPH) began functioning at Udupi, to provide quality out-patient and family-planning services to the people of Udupi and neighboring localities.

    Equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure like ICUs with ventilators, fully equipped operation theatres, radiology service, ultrasound and laboratory etc., the hospital has links with the tertiary-care Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, which ensures priority treatment to patients on referral from Dr TMA Pai Hospital.

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    It was a time when the hotel industry was still in its infancy; there was a dearth of trained professionals and training colleges. The College of Hotel and Restaurant Management Studies (CHARMS) was established in October 1986 as a unit of the Dr TMA Pai Foundation. 

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    Manipal College of Nursing was established at Manipal.  In 1991, Manipal Hospital Bangalore (MHB) was set up, accredited by NABH and AAHRPP, and comprising 55 clinical departments and 11 centers of excellence. 

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    In 1992, the KMC Hospital at Attavar, Mangalore was set up as a teaching hospital of KMC, Mangalore and an associate hospital of Manipal University.  

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    Manipal Academy of Higher Education awarded Deemed University status by Government of India, and is renamed Manipal University.

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    Manipal College of Medical Sciences established in Pokhara, Nepal

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    The Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences (MCOAHS), now School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS) was established in 1999.

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    World class sports complex MARENA, launched in Manipal.


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    Manipal Museum of Anatomy and Pathology opened.

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    Manipal Group celebrates 60 years in Education and Healthcare. Golden Peacock Environment Management award for Manipal University. Manipal University Jaipur awarded 

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