Joint Master’s Programme in Southeast Europe-an Studies – Call for Applications 2024

Deadline May 31st, 2024 (23:59 CET)

Do you want to understand the interrelationship between history, law, politics, economics, and culture in Southeast Europe? Are you looking for an interdisciplinary and high-quality training with a strong regional focus? Are you excited about the opportunity to spend a mobility semester abroad?

Then apply for the Joint Master’s Programme in Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz and University of Belgrade!

 

Programme content:

The two-years Joint MA Programme in SEES provides students with a specialised and professional education focussed on Southeast Europe. The programme entails at least one mobility semester abroad, aimed at strengthening regional expertise and intercultural skills. Our courses are designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary training of the highest quality. The successful completion of the Joint MA Programme in SEES will enable students to understand the interrelationship between history, law, politics, economics, and culture in Southeast Europe.

Students spend the first year at their chosen entrance university (Graz or Belgrade). The University of Belgrade offers an interdisciplinary education combining courses in Law and Politics. Students who enrol at the University of Graz can chose between two tracks, either Southeast European History or Law and Politics in Southeast Europe. The study tracks at both Universities entail an inter- and transdisciplinary education in theories and methods of legal, political, economic, cultural, and intersectional studies. 

The first year comprises introductory core courses in multidisciplinary approaches. The second year is dedicated to a mobility semester, a winter school, and the completion of the MA thesis.

All compulsory courses are offered in English, but students may also attend classes in other languages. Language acquisition is an important aspect of the joint degree and students are encouraged to take courses in a language of the Southeast European region and/or the predominant language of their mobility institution.

 

Mobility options

Students who enrol at the University Belgrade spend their mobility semester at:

University of Graz, Austria

Students who enrol at the University Graz may spend their mobility semester according to their chosen study track at the following partner universities:

University of Belgrade, Serbia (Law and Politics)

Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia (Law and Politics)

University of Bologna, Italy (Law and Politics)

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (History / Law and Politics) (Double Degree option*)

University of Novi Sad, Serbia (History)

University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Law and Politics)

University of Zagreb, Croatia (History / Law and Politics)

University of Regensburg, Germany (History / Law and Politics)

Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania (History)

University College London, UK (Law and Politics)

Central European University, Vienna, Austria (Law and Politics)

*Double Degree between the University of Graz and the University of Ljubljana: 
The double degree is available to two students per year who have a background in international relations and who enrolled in the track “law and politics” at the University Graz as their entrance university. The double degree is obtained in Southeast European Studies (Graz) and International Relations (Ljubljana). 

 

Academic Degree

Students completing the Joint Master’s Programme in Southeast European Studies will have the following degree:

Austria:  Master of Arts (MA)

Serbia:   master politikolog (mast. politik.) (Master of Arts in Political Science)

Students in the study track “law and politics” who chose to complete a double degree with the University of Ljubljana, will obtain – upon successful completion – the following double degree:

Austria:   Master of Arts (MA)

Slovenia: magister (male grammatical form) or magistrica (female grammatical form) mednarodnih odnosov (mag. medn. odn.)

 

Admission

The Joint Master‘s Programme in Southeast European Studies welcomes applicants who hold an academic degree of at least 180 ECTS credits (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent), who can demonstrate basic knowledge of social sciences or humanities, e.g. in the areas law, political science, history, social, cultural or economic sciences, and who have general insight and interest in Southeast Europe.

The APPLICATION must include:

Curriculum vitae (English)

Copy of passport (ID with photograph)

Proof of English language proficiency corresponding to the following levels: IELTS (required minimum score: 6.0), TOEFL (required minimum score: 210 on the computerised test, 547 on the paper-based test, 78 on the internet-based test), Cambridge Exam (required level: FCE) or an equivalent certificate. An oral interview with the selection committee can also serve as a verification of the applicant's language proficiency. English native speakers or applicants who have successfully completed an English-taught Bachelor’s programme  do not have to provide additional proof of English language proficiency. 

Students who fail to present a test before the application deadline can be accepted under the condition that they provide a valid proof of language proficiency ahead of the admission deadline. Those applicants who are English native speakers or have successfully completed an English-taught Bachelor’s programme do not have to provide additional proof of English language proficiency.

At least one signed letter of recommendation (preferably from a university professor or employer, in English)

Motivation statement (English)

Certificate/Diploma obtained at the undergraduate level (for Graz: translated into English or German; for Belgrade: translated into English if it is not issued in Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian and Macedonian)

Transcript of Records obtained at the undergraduate level (for Graz: translated into English or German; for Belgrade: translated into English if it is not issued in Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian and Macedonian)

Diploma Supplement (if applicable)

Prior to enrolment, the University of Belgrade additionally requires certified translations into Serbian of all Diploma and Transcripts of Records that are not issued in Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian.

Applications will be submitted online viahttp://jointdegree.biobs.com/

Tuition Fee

UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ

Tuition fees are waived for Austrian/EU students. Tuition costs are approximately €745 per semester for citizens of other states but can usually be refunded upon successful completion of each semester for citizens of Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, North-Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

For enquiries about the admission procedure, tuition fees, and refund processes at the University of Graz please contact the University’s International Office jointdegrees@uni-graz.at.

For questions about the academic programme of the Master’s, please contact claudia.lastro@uni-graz.at

Please note that the University of Graz does not provide financial support – no scholarships are currently available but we encourage students to seek available funding from third parties.

See for example: http://www.grants.at/  

UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE

€3,900 EUR (or counter value in Serbian dinars), including ALL costs of a four-semester programme, costs of recognition of a foreign BA degree and ten-day Winter School (full boards and transportation) – payable in ten instalments during the two years of studies – for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.

€4,900 EUR  (or counter value in Serbian dinars), including ALL costs of a four-semester programme, costs of recognition of a foreign BA degree and ten-day Winter School (full boards and transportation) – payable in ten instalments during the two years of studies – for citizens of all other countries that are not mentioned above.

Please note that the University of Belgrade is not in a position to provide financial support, but we encourage students to seek available funding from third parties. For all enquiries about enrolment at the University of Belgrade, please contact gordana.ristic@fpn.bg.ac.rs and dusan.pavlovic@mac.com.
 

More information about the application procedure:

https://www.jointdegree.eu/de/masees/application-selection/how-to-apply/

Additional links and information:

https://www.jointdegree.eu/de/masees/programme/

http://www.seestudies.eu/

https://suedosteuropa.uni-graz.at/en/

https://www.fpn.bg.ac.rs/41695
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