M.A. International Masters in Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies - Erasmus Mundus

Jagiellonian University

Application deadline: July 20; Category A or Category B scholarships: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,550 / Year (EEA)
  • € 4,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2014, October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies (IMRCEES) offers the opportunity to undertake advanced study of subjects relating to historical and contemporary developments in the economics, politics, culture and society of Russia and the CEE countries. Students begin their programme at the University of Glasgow and spend their third semester here at CES or at one of the other partner universities. It is recognised by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course.

The IMRCEES Consortium is composed of six European universities and five non-European universities. In addition, the Consortium has associate non-educational partners from business, government and NGOs which help to promote student employability by offering a range of internships.

Graduates will be equipped with the skills to address the socio-economic, and political/security challenges of the 21st century in Central and Eastern Europe. Flexible and high quality language training is an essential part of IMRCEES.

Academic conferences, workshops and other socio-cultural events involving all Consortium partners help to make the IMRCEES experience a truly rewarding one in terms of making lasting friendships and equipping you for a future professional career. The European Commission's Erasmus Mundus programme makes it possible for students from both inside and outside of the European Union to apply for Erasmus Mundus scholarships to help cover the costs of study and living abroad.

Academic partners
* The University of Glasgow, UK
* Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary
* The Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
* The University of Tartu, Estonia
* The University of Turku, Finland
* The Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research, Almaty, the Republic of Kazakhstan

Contents

IMRCEES students come to Krakow in the second year of their degree programme. The Centre for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University offers IMRCEES new perspectives on the CEE region from the eastern edge of the EU.

During their time in in Krakow, students choose 30 ECTS worth of modules from the following:

Compulsory module:
* European Civilization (9 ECTS)

Optional modules
Two from the following three courses:

* Finances in the EU (9 ECTS)
* EU Foreign and Security Policy (9 ECTS)
* EU Policies and Institutional Architecture (9 ECTS)
* Political and Social History of 20th Century CEE (9 ECTS)

Students choose their remaining 3 credits from the following range of options.

* History and Theory of European Integration (4.5 ECTS)
* To Be or Not to Be Central European: Literature and Society (4.5 ECTS)
* Business and Markets in CEE (4.5 ECTS)
* European Integration Theory and Practice, (4.5 ECTS)
* Business and Markets in CEE (4.5 ECTS)
* Myths and Symbols of European Integration Western and Eastern European Perspectives

Language options (Polish, Russian, French) are also available up to a maximum of 6 ECTS

Requirements

All candidates for MA programmes at the Centre for European Studies must hold a BA degree or equivalent from a recognised and accredited university. Candidates who are in their final year studying towards such a degree may also apply, and any offer of a place will be subject to its completion.

Although students will find previous study of arts or social sciences useful, CES is an interdisciplinary unit and does not lay down any rigid requirements as regards the subject matter of previous degree studies.

The official language of instruction in the international programme at the Centre for European Studies is English. Non-English native speakers are required to prove their English language proficiency. The minimum requirements are one of the following:

* TOEFL Paper-based - 550
* TOEFL Internet-based - 79
* Cambridge IELTS written version - 6.5
* CAE - B grade
* CPE - C grade

Students who have completed a degree taught entirely in English may be exempt, although this will be assessed individually in each case. More subjective measures of proficiency (recommendations from teachers, non-standard tests, etc.) are a helpful addition to the student's application but are not a substitute for one of the above tests.

Previous proficiency in the Polish language is not required in the international programme at the Centre for European Studies.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

Funding

Category A Scholarships (non-European students)
The European Commission offers a limited number of Erasmus Mundus Category A scholarships for third country (non-European) students. All scholarship students receive a fee waiver for the difference in the Consortium's tuition fee (which includes health and accident insurance coverage) and the Erasmus Mundus contribution to these participation costs. The two-year tuition fee (with the fee waiver) for Category A scholarship students is 16,000.

The value of the Category A scholarship for the two-year IMRCEES programme is 48,000. This covers the two-year tuition fee of 16,000, a monthly living allowance of 1,000 and a contribution to travel, installation and any other types of costs to the amount of 8,000.

Category A scholarships can be awarded to students from all countries other than the 27 EU member states and EEA/EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). Furthermore, you must comply with the 12 months rule: You must not be a resident nor have carried out your main activity (studies, work, leisure time etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries. The 27 EU member states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

All other applicants are considered to be Non-European students, including candidates from: Switzerland, Turkey and the Western Balkans region (i.e. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244/99, FYRoM, Montenegro and Serbia).

All candidates who wish to be considered for a Category A Scholarship (Third Country students) must complete the IMRCEES Category A Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Form and submit it with their online application and supporting documentation before the scholarship deadline.

The deadline for Erasmus Mundus scholarship applications for the IMRCEES programme starting in September 2012 is 15 January 2012.

Category B Scholarships (for European students)
The European Commission offers a limited number of Erasmus Mundus Category B scholarships for European students. All scholarship students receive a fee waiver for the difference in the Consortium's tuition fee (which includes health and accident insurance coverage) and the Erasmus Mundus contribution to these participation costs. The two-year tuition fee (with the fee waiver) for Category B scholarship students is 8,000.
The value of the Category B scholarship for the two-year IMRCEES programme is between 20,000 to 23,000. This covers the two-year tuition fee of 8,000 and a monthly living allowance of 500. Category B scholarship students will only receive a contribution to travel, installation and any other types of costs to the value of 3,000 if the individual study programme includes a mobility period to Kazakhstan or a third country associated partner.
Category B scholarships can be awarded to students from the 27 EU member states and EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) as well as to any students who do not fullfil the criteria for a Category A scholarship i.e nationality requirement and 12 months rule. The EU member states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
All candidates who wish to be considered for a Category B Scholarship (European students) must complete the IMRCEES Category B Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Formand submit it with their online application and supporting documentation before the scholarship deadline.
The deadline for Erasmus Mundus scholarship applications for the IMRCEES programme starting in September 2012 is 15 January 2011.
Important notice from the European CommissionCandidates with multiple nationalities must decide at the application stage under which one nationality they will apply.

Please note that the number of applications must be limited to a maximum of three Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses.
In the event that a student applies to more than three Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses he/she will be excluded from the selection for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.
In addition, only individuals who have not previously benefitted from an Erasmus Mundus scholarship are eligible to apply. Applicants are asked to sign a declaration confirming that they have not previously received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship in the Scholarship Application Form.

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