The European Regional Studies programme from the Jagiellonian University aims to train specialists and researchers dealing with two partly overlapping regions: North Eastern Europe (courses offered by the University of Tartu as the Baltic Sea Region) and Central and Eastern Europe (courses offered by the Jagiellonian University in Krakow). Since the fall of the Iron Curtain these regions have faced many challenges and they have undergone extensive political and economic transformation. While each region is distinct with its own historical, political and economic situation, their close proximity encourages the development of close cooperation in many areas, including foreign policy, economics, energy policy as well as democracy and culture. In North Eastern Europe intensive interaction between the Nordic countries and the Baltic states became the main engine for the complex but successful transition process. This tight cooperation established ground for the first EU macro-region strategy in the Baltic Sea region (launched in 2009), which today also includes Germany and Poland. At the same time, Central and Eastern Europe has gone through successful transformation and has been influenced by the cooperation with neighbouring countries, providing also support for democratization in countries such as Ukraine, Moldova or Georgia. Furthermore, Baltic Sea countries and Central and Eastern Europe are influenced by the relation between European Union and Russia.
Students will have a chance to analyze and discuss the changes and challenges faced by both regions with regards to their external policies as well as daily interaction with EU and Russia. Some countries in both regions has struggled to move out from the Russian sphere of influence and to integrate with the EU during the last decades. Others are still trying to find a proper balance between these two entities.
The double degree programme provides students with knowledge of history, political, economic, social and cultural developments as well as international relations in both regions. It also instills relevant skills in future experts on North Eastern Europe or/and Central and Eastern Europe.
Partner: University of Tartu
Suitable for: This programme is designed for students who would like to become experts of regionalism with focus on the Baltic Sea region or Central and Eastern Europe. Graduates are expected to continue their career either as area specialists in public, third or private sectors or as researchers in think-tanks or to continue their studies in relevant PhD programmes.
Mobility scheme: Students will be able to start their first year in Krakow and then progress to Tartu or vice-versa.
Diploma: Successful completion of the two-year double degree programme will lead to the award of two degrees: MA in European Studies (Europeanisation and Governance in CEE specialization) from the Jagiellonian University and MA in Social Sciences (Baltic Sea Region Studies specialization) from the University of Tartu.
All holders of undergraduate degrees (BA or an equivalent to the 1st cycle) are eligible. Final year undergraduate students may also apply.
Appropriate level of English language proficiency necessary (please consult the Universities website).
Students should follow the application process of the first year university.
Year at the University of Tartu: € 3 200
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