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.
BECES programme is fully accredited by Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
Compulsory courses: 60 Ects
Czech language:24 Ects
Electives: min 24, max 36 Ects
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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.
This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.Book IELTS
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.
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