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General conditions

The Master’s Programme in Southeast European Studies welcomes applicants who hold an academic degree of at least 180 ECTS credits (bachelor’s degree or equivalent), who can demonstrate their basic knowledge of social sciences or humanities—law, political, social, cultural or economic sciences—and who have general insight and interest in Southeastern Europe.

Any student who is interested in enrolling in the master’s programme has to go through a selection procedure.



As the programme is conducted in English, the Selection Committee requires proof of the applicant’s proficiency in English. The applicant must submit an original and recent certificate of IELTS (required minimum score: 6.0), a TOEFL (required minimum score: 210 on the computerized test, 547 on the paper test, 78 on the Internet test), a Cambridge Exam (required level: FCE) or an equivalent certificate. Students with a test after the deadline for application but before the date of admission can be conditionally accepted to the programme. Applicants who are English native speakers and those who successfully completed an English-taught bachelor programme do not have to undergo a test.


Selection criteria

Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:

  • bachelor or equivalent degree
  • grade point average (GPA) or average mark
  • motivation letter
  • recommendation letter
  • professional experience (not compulsory but an advantage)

Successful candidates will be offered a place at a home university during the summer months (beginning in July). Students who accept this offer and wish to enrol at their chosen university must register according to the university's practice and state regulations (i.e. according to the Austrian or Serbian system). Students remain enrolled at this home university for the duration of their two year studies, including the mobility periods at the partner universities. The partner universities support the studentsin making the registration process as smooth as possible.

Please note: The Master's programme is unfortunately not in a position to offer financial assistance but we encourage students to seek external sources of funding where available.

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