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  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
  • English
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


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


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 (IELTS 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.

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


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