M.Sc. Economic and Regional Studies of Latin America

University of Economics, Prague

Application deadline: April 31, 2014
Tuition fee:
  • € 3,600 / Year (EEA)
  • € 3,600 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, February  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The University of Economics, Prague (VSE) offers a two-year full-time Master´s program in Economic and Regional Studies os Latin America taught in English. The University of Economics, Prague is the leading business university in Central and East Europe (Eduniversal ranking 2011) with more than 20 000 students and 700 professors, and its graduates are highly demanded by both the private and public sectors.

Our Masters Program has an international character; our faculty list includes the presence of the distinguished Ambassador of Mexico in Prague, José Luis Bernal with the best experts in this field.

Graduates of the program Ecponomic and Regional Studies of Latin America will obtain the knowledge to enable them to analyze economic and social processes and regional development with regards to the cultural specific aspects of Latin American countries. The graduate will also be able to create strategies for public administration. The graduate will also obtain information concerning the Czech Republics experience in the field of economic transformation and restructurin, solving regional disparities and programs focused on human resource development, which could be applied in Latin America.

The subjects taught will provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience necessary in a broad area of economic and regional studies of Latin America and also for related research and business. Presentations of Latin American economics, geography, social, cultural and environmental aspects will be a part of the study program. The studies will also be focused on processes and results of integration in both Europe and Latin America.

Selected students will have the opportunity to finish their second year of study in one of several prestigious Latin American universities (After selection process). They can choose to study in English or Spanish, depending on the program and partner university chosen. The partner programs are fully compatible with the Czech program. The students who choose this option will graduate with two degrees, one from the Czech university and the other from a partner university. Our current partners are located in Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.


The International Masters Degree Programme in Economic and Regional Studies of Latin America is comprised of 120 ECTS credits. For more information about the courses please see the section Courses overview.The programme can be completed in two years with an option for a double degree.

The courses are organized into four semesters, two of which may be completed in Latin America if the student chooses this specific double degree. The last semester is normally dedicated to the completion of final thesis.

The courses are taught in English in the Czech Republic, while in Latin America, depending on the university and program, are taught in English or Spanish. The development of intensive courses to further language skills is planned in the near future.

All theoretical courses and seminars will need to be approved, as well as the final thesis defence, which must contain an empirical reference point.

Courses overview

Compulsory courses total 62 ECTS Credits

Intermediate Economics II 9

Regional structures of Europe and Latin America 5

Regional Theories 6

Comparative Economic Systems 6

Regional policy, development assistance, economic and social cohesion in the EU. 5

International Trade: Theory and Policy 3

Economic policy and social systems in Latin America 5

Comparison of socio-cultural environment of the EU and Latin America. 4

The Political Economy of Integration 5

Relations between European Union and Latin America 5

Diploma Thesis Seminar on Regional Studies 4

Seminar International trade and Latin America 2

History of Latin America after 1945 3

Optional courses Total 19 ECTS Credits

Latin American policy challenges and opportunities 3

Seminar in Spanish 3

Environmental Economics and Policy 5

The Americas 5

History of Economic Doctrines 3


STATE EXAMS Total 15 ECTS Credits M

Major Specialization 6

Minor Specialization 6

Master´s thesis


The program is designed for students from all over the Word who have completed thein bachelors education. Previous education in international relations, political science, history, law, economics, sociology, public policy, public administration, or other social science or humanities is an advantage. Students from other programs may be candidates as well.


  • Recognition/nostrification of previous university/Bachelors degree or higher
  • Knowledge of English
  • Administration fee

Documents required

  1. Application for admission: download here. - An electronic version of the application has to be sent to clas@vse.cz.
  2. Statement of Purpose download here.
    Candidates should use this portion of the application to explain their motivation and qualifications for pursuing their education with this program.
  3. Certified copy of Degree Diploma and its certified translation into English
  4. Two Recommendations. Recommendation Form download here.
  5. Two Passport sized Photos (or size 3 cm x 4 cm)
  6. English Score Reports (e. g. copy of an international certificate) Score report(s) must be for TOEFL, TOEIC, TEPS, IELTS or other internationally recognized standardized exams.
  7. Application fee is 50 euro (see the bank details).

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