Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which focuses on modern history, politics and diplomacy, as well as to fundamental social, cultural and economic problems. It addresses the English-speaking audience with a deep and versatile exploration of “the East”, understood as a territory composed of Central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula, and the Post- Soviet area, including the Caucasus and Central Asia. It also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of some of the Czech language.

The programme is taught at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, by members of the Institute of International Studies. It is deliberately structured to take advantage of the multidisciplinary nature of the Faculty, and students will be encouraged to make connections between different fields of study, learning to combine a global perspective with attention to detail and local interests.

After completion of the Balkan, Eurasian, and Central European Studies programme, the students will acquire an advanced level of graduate education including a good command of one or two languages of the area as well as a broad and, at the same time, deep knowledge of the region studied. They will be capable of open but critical understanding and of conceptual thinking, and of appreciating cultural diversity. This intellectual equipment will provide them with an opportunity to continue their self-education and find positions related to the problems of the studied area in both public and private spheres.

Accreditation

BECES programme is fully accredited by Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Programme Structure

Course structure:

Compulsory courses: 60 Ects

Czech language:24 Ects

Electives: min 24, max 36 Ects

Compulsory courses:

  • Political Systems of East European Countries in the 20th Century
  • Political Systems of East European Countries Today
  • Conceptions and Interpretations of Russian History
  • Conceptions and Interpretations of Central European History
  • Eastern Europe Today
  • Introduction to History, Politics and Society of Eastern Europe
  • M.A. Thesis Seminar for BECES I
  • Economic transformation in the post-Soviet area
  • Economic transformation in Central Europe
  • Ethnic Issues and Territories in East-Central and South-Eastern Europe
  • M.A. Thesis Seminar for BECES I
  • M.A. Thesis Seminar for BECES II
  • Czech for Foreigners I
  • Czech for Foreigners II
  • Czech for Foreigners III
  • Czech for Foreigners IV

Prerequisites, corequisites, alternative and incompatible courses:

  • Czech for Foreigners II
  • Czech for Foreigners III
  • Czech for Foreigners IV

Optional courses:

  • European Economic Policies
  • Advanced Economics of European Integration - Microeconomic Aspects
  • Issues in Post-Soviet Security
  • Problems of the Post-Soviet Space
  • Geostrategic Importance of Central Europe
  • Splendor and Misery of Détente
  • The Transformation of the Communist Successor Parties in Central Europe and Influence of the West European Leftists
  • Legal Framework of European Integration
  • Fundamentals of the History of Central European Jewry
  • Destruction Revised: Revisionism, Trivialization and Denial
  • Civil society in Central Europe

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS

    To complete the Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies programme, students have to acquire a total of 120 ECTS credits, defend their Master Thesis and successfully pass the final State Examination. The following compulsory courses represent 74 ECTS credits.

    Conceptions and Interpretations of Balkan HistoryEconomic Transformation in the post-Soviet AreaConcepts and Interpretations of Central European HistoryIntroduction to History, Politics and Society of Eastern EuropeConceptions and Interpretations of Russian HistoryM.A. Thesis Seminar for BECES I, IIEastern Europe Today I, IIMethodology and Academic Writing SeminarEconomic Issues and Territories in Eastern, East Central and Southeastern EuropePolitical Systems of East European Countries in the 20th CenturyEconomic Transformation in East Central and Southeastern EuropePolitical Systems of East European Countries Today

    Further 24 ECTS credits are gained by successfully passing the compulsory Czech Language courses (Czech Language for BECES I - IV). Remaining 22 ECTS credits can be earned by participating in optional and elective courses offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Students are recommended to take at least one elective course in Czech.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

Bachelor degree in a related programme of study (area studies, history, political science), or at least combinations of these programmes with other study tracks (languages, geography, economics, social sciences).

The early admissions deadline for academic year 2017/18 is 28th February 2017. The early admissions deadline is strongly recommended for students from non-EU or non-EFTA countries who will need a student visa in order to study in the Czech Republic.

The regular deadline for academic year 2017/18 is 30th April 2017. The application fee is 530 CZK (approximately 20 EUR).

There will be no entrance examinations. Applicants' materials will be assessed by an admissions committee in March/May respectively. Successful applicants will be informed at the beginning of April/June respectively, so they can apply for their student visa.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Tuition fees for the BECES programme are 6 000 EUR per year. Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own living expenses (food, lodging, etc.).

Living costs for Prague

13900 - 19500 CZK/month
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