This joint Master’s in International Studies: Europe in the Visegrad Perspective programme from the Jagiellonian University offers a unique opportunity to study international relations, European politics, economy, society & culture from the perspective of the Visegrad region. Experienced faculty of the leading universities from the Visegrad region as well as visiting professors and guest lecturers from renowned international academic and diplomatic institutions provide insightful and inspiring instruction about major developments in contemporary international law, economics, politics and culture in light of the European integration processes seen from the standpoint of the Visegrad region.
Upon the completion of this programme graduates will demonstrate high competence in both history and culture of the Visegrad and the wider Central Europe region as background for better understanding of contemporary international relations as exemplified in the impact of European integration. More specifically they will acquire knowledge necessary to better understand the complex nature of the interplay between global and regional phenomena affecting the functioning of international organisations, business and civil society. Graduates will be prepared to work in international organisations, diplomatic service, public administration, mass media and civil society organisations. If interested in pursuing an academic career, graduates will acquire the analytical ability to carry out individual research as prospective doctoral students.
The programme lasts 4 semesters. The overall workload corresponds to a total of 120 ECTS. English is the leading language of instruction. Instruction in national languages of the partner universities is provided as well. Upon the completion of all requirements of the programme students obtain a joint degree equivalent to a title of the Master of Arts in accordance with national nomenclature of the partner universities.
Following the first semester at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, students spend a semester at each partner university in the following order:
During the third and final semesters students attend courses offered on a regular basis, master’s thesis seminars and carry out individual research culminating in the submission of a Master’s thesis and a final examination. The Master thesis is to be written during the last semester of the programme.
Successful completion of an academic year is preconditioned by student record of minimum 60 ECTS. Each partner university offers a number of courses corresponding to a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester.
Persons eligible to apply for the programme are the holders of a higher education diploma (at least undergraduate) in any field.
An additional formal requirement is documented command of English language on the level specified by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (does not apply to English native speakers or graduates from study programmes where English was a language of instruction), or obtaining a confirmation from the university unit responsible for the programme stating that candidate’s language command is sufficient for undertaking studies. List of selected documents confirming knowledge of English, recognized by the Jagiellonian University, is published at www.rekrutacja.uj.edu.pl website in Downloads(available in Polish only).
The ranking list is established on the basis of qualification score expressed as a number ranging from 0 to 100, which is a sum of points ascribed to each document provided by the student, according to the following criteria:
1. Academic value of the application (maximum of 40 points), including:
a)grades achieved during previous course of study, as stated in the transcript: 20 points;
b)relevance of degree obtained to the programme for which candidate is applying: 5 points;
c)candidate's academic experience (publications, conference speeches, academic societies and student research circles participation, academic scholarships, mobility etc.): 15 points;
2. Documented non-academic experience, relevant for the programme for which the candidate is applying (maximum of 20 points), including:
a)work or internship experience: 10 points;
b)activities in public institutions, relevant for the programme: 10 points;
3. Candidate's motivation (maximum of 30 points), including:
a)adequacy of candidate's argumentation explaining reasons for choosing the programme in such field and form (joint degree): 15 points;
b)candidate’s motivation to pursue this study programme at partner universities (Jagiellonian University, Masaryk University in Brno, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, University of Pecs): 15 points;
4. Reference letter evaluation (maximum of 10 points), including:
a)endorsement of candidate’s academic competencies for undertaking the programme: 5 points;
b)endorsement of candidate's social and cultural competences for undertaking the programme: 5 points.
The best candidates accepted to the programme are offered prestigious scholarships of 4,000 EUR per year.
We proudly announce that the VNDREAM – Visegrad Network for Research, Education and Academic Mobility – academic consortium led by the Jagiellonian University, Faculty of International and Political Studies has been awarded the VUSG Joint Degree Programme Grant by the International Visegrad Fund. The aim of this grant is to facilitate the implementation of the Joint Degree Programme in International Relations – Europe in the Visegrad Perspective. This is the first grant of its type awarded ever by the IVF.
We offer prestigious scholarships of EUR 4 000 per year for the best candidates admitted to the programme. Scholarships will be awarded to the candidates who will score the highest during the application procedure. Scholarships will be available for the Visegrad Group and EU Eastern Partnership nationals.
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