News archive - Call for Applications: Interdisciplinary Joint Master’s Programme in South-Eastern European Studies – University of Belgrade

Deadline: September 10th, 2013

The University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (FPS) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Interdisciplinary Joint Master’s Programme in South-Eastern European Studies.
This two year MA programme is conducted as a joint degree between four partner universities (Graz, Belgrade, Skopje and Zagreb) and will begin for the second generation of students in Belgrade in October 2013.
Students enroll in and spend the first year at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences. In the second year, students spend at least one semester on mobility at a partner university. Partner universities include Graz, Skopje, Zagreb, Bologna, Ljubljana, Novi Sad, Poitiers, Sarajevo and Tetovo.

Why Southeast European Studies in Belgrade?
First of all, you will be studying South Eastern Europe in its very centre. In this way, you will be able not only to better understand your chosen field of interest, but also to learn one or more languages of the region.
Secondly, you will profit learning from a group of outstanding FPS and foreign professors, with excellent academic records and long-time expertise in South-Eastern Europe.
Last, but not least, as part of an academic community with strong international character, you’ll enjoy the exciting social life in Belgrade, too.
Check some impressions of our previous generation of students or watch the 5 minute TV programme about our Master.

Content of the Programme
The Interdisciplinary Joint Master in South-Eastern European Studies is an international and interdisciplinary programme in social sciences and humanities of the highest quality which enables participants to effectively understand the interrelationship between law, politics, economics and culture with an emphasis on South-Eastern Europe. The programme prepares students for doctoral studies and professional life in a variety of other fields including work in international, local governmental and non-governmental organizations, journalism, business, scientific research, and consultancy.
In the first year students take core courses which include an introduction to multidisciplinary approaches in the study of South-East Europe, public law, political science, history, economics and cultural studies. In the summer after the first year a joint summer school is held for all students from the participating universities to complete the compulsory core modules. In the second year, students attend one of the partner universities and specialize in their desired field. There are also optional provisions in place to offer students professional trainings and internship positions.
In the final semester students write a master thesis reflecting their capacity to work on a scientific subject independently.
All compulsory subjects are conducted in English though students are able to take classes in other languages. Language acquisition is an important key aspect of the joint degree and students are expected to learn a regional language and/or the predominant language of their mobility institution.

Teaching staff
We proud ourselves for being able to gather an international team of teachers from the leading universities and research institutes in Serbia, Austria, Great Britain and the US. For further details on lecturers and compulsory courses they teach during the first two semesters, please, see
You will be able to expand your choices even more, by opting to spend the third - mobility – semester at one of nine partner universities in eight European countries, where you will specialize in one of many fields.

Academic Degree
Students completing the Interdisciplinary Joint Master’s Programme in South-Eastern European Studies earn the degree “Master of Arts”, abbreviated MA. The joint degree is awarded by all four partners (pending accreditation at some partners).

The Interdisciplinary Joint Master’s Programme in South-Eastern European Studies welcomes applicants who hold an academic degree of at least 180 ECTS credits (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) who can demonstrate their basic knowledge of social sciences or humanities -- law, political, social, cultural or economic sciences -- and who have some general insight and interest in South-Eastern Europe.
The full application should consist of
• completed application form (MS Word DOC)
• at least one letter of recommendation (preferably from a university professor or employer)
• certificate/diploma obtained at the undergraduate level (certified translation into Serbian shall be required additionally)
• transcript of records obtained at the undergraduate level (certified translation into Serbian shall be required additionally)
• letter of motivation
• proof of proficiency in English language: IELTS (required minimum score: 6.0), a TOEFL (required minimum score: 210 on the computerised test, 547 on the paper based test, 78 on the internet based test), a Cambridge Exam (required level: FCE) or an equivalent certificate. Students who have completed their BA in English are not required to provide this proof of proficiency but may be interviewed.
Please send the application form with all supporting documents to the University of Belgrade by registered mail (see address below) and send a scan of the entire application as a single pdf email attachment to
Postal applications should be directed to:

Gordana Ristic
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences
Jove Ilica 165
11000 Belgrade

For enquiries about the admission procedure and tuition fees at the University of Belgrade please contact and

The deadline for applications is September 10th, 2013 (date of receipt of email/postmark)

Geographical focus
  • SEE
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Desiree Pecarz on August 30, 2013
Modified on August 30, 2013