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Do you want to understand the interrelationship between history, law, politics, economics, and culture in Southeast Europe? Are you looking for an interdisciplinary and high-quality training with a strong regional focus? Are you excited about the opportunity to spend a mobility semester at one of our many partner universities?

Then apply for the Joint Master’s Programme in Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz and University of Belgrade!

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The two years Joint Master’s Programme in Southeast European Studies provides students with a specialised and professional education focussed on Southeast Europe. The programme entails at least one mobility semester abroad, aimed at strengthening regional expertise and intercultural skills. Our courses are designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary training of the highest quality. The successful completion of the Joint MA Programme in SEES will enable students to understand the interrelationship between history, law, politics, economics, and culture in Southeast Europe.

Students spend the first year at their chosen entrance university (Graz or Belgrade). The University of Belgrade offers an interdisciplinary education combining courses in Law and Politics. Students who enrol at the University of Graz can chose between two tracks, either Southeast European History or Law and Politics in Southeast Europe. The study tracks at both Universities entail an inter- and transdisciplinary education in theories and methods of legal, political, economic, cultural, and intersectional studies.

The first year comprises introductory core courses in interdisciplinary approaches. The second year is dedicated to a mobility semester at one of the partner universities, a winter school, and the completion of the MA thesis.

All compulsory courses are offered in English, but students may also attend classes in other languages. Language acquisition is an important aspect of the joint degree and students are encouraged to take courses in a language of the Southeast European region and/or the predominant language of their mobility institution.

Why Southeast European Studies in Graz?

Southeast Europe has been in the focus of research and teaching at the University of Graz for over a century. The noble prize winner Ivo Andrić wrote his PhD in Graz, also many scholars and prominent intellectuals from the region have studied here. Only two hours away from Ljubljana and Zagreb, Graz is close to Southeast Europe and the dense ties to the region are tangible throughout the city, from cultural life to the social scene.

Over the past decades, the University of Graz has distinguished itself through its expertise in Southeast Europe. The Department of History is one of the leading institutes in its field and has decisively shaped the discipline of historical anthropology. The Centre for Southeast European Studies is an interdisciplinary and cross-faculty institution, established with the goal to connect teaching and research on and with Southeast Europe. Apart from the Joint MA Programme in SEES, the Centre coordinates two PhD programmes with a regional focus. It is a regular host to numerous conferences, workshops, and prominent scholars. Its close collaboration with universities, research institutes, and civil society actors from across Europe, the Western Balkans, and Turkey, render the Centre an international hub that connects academic expertise on Southeast Europe.

Check out this VIDEO with some impressions from the former students at the University of Graz.

Why Southeast European Studies in Belgrade?

You will be studying Southeast Europe in its very centre. Your stay in Belgrade will enable you to understand the region better and to obtain crucial language skills. You will learn from a group of outstanding academics at the Faculty of Political Science, international professors, and distinguished experts on Southeast Europe. Our student cohort is comprised of students from Southeast Europe as well as from other parts of the world. Together you will have the unique opportunity to explore Belgrade’s exciting social life. For impressions of our previous student generations visit:

For over 40 years the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences has been one of the regional leaders of higher education and research in the fields of political science, international relations, journalism, communication studies, and social policy. The faculty was established in 1968 as the first political science faculty in former Yugoslavia. During their two semesters in Belgrade, students will also have the chance to get involved in the work of the FPS Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies on the Balkans (CisBalk). CisBalk offers ample possibilities to engage in research projects, workshops, and numerous public events. It is a great benefit to the Joint MA Programme in SEES as CisBalk brings together Serbian as well as international experts on Southeast Europe.

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