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European Regional Master's Degree in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe
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M.A. Call for Application - ERMA "European Regional Master's Degree in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe"

Venues: Sarajevo [I term]; Southeast Europe [II term]; Bologna [III term]
November 2013 - October 2014
Application deadline: September 9, 2013

Brief description: The European Regional Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democracy in South East Europe (ERMA) is an intensive one-year Master programme established through the joint efforts of the participating universities and coordinated by the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna. In the a.y 2012/2013 ERMA shall be implemented as a double degree programme: one diploma will be issued by the University of Sarajevo and one by the University of Bologna.

How to apply to the MA


ERMA offers a limited number of places therefore it is a highly competitive programme. It is open to candidates who hold a high standard university degree in disciplines relevant to human rights, in particular law, social and political sciences and humanities from an accredited university. The university degree of the applicants must be earned during studies lasting either 4 or 5 years within the former undergraduate studies provisions, or 5 years (3+2) within I and II cycle studies provisions in accordance with the Bologna process.

Fluency in English is a necessary prerequisite for admission, as the Programme language is English. Therefore the students must have sufficient language skills and provide evidence for their proficiency. The Master Programme recognizes the following international English Language proficiency certificates:

  • TOEFL – minimum score of 550 paper-based or for computer based TOEFL is 213, IBT not less than 82
  • British Council’s IELTS  - minimum band 6.5 and no less than 6.0 in any of its subsections.
  • Applicants with English as native language or applicants who had previous university education in English language need to provide proof of competency through their transcripts or certificates issued by the respective universities.

The upper age limit of potential applicants is 35 years of age.
Currently, twenty-five (25) places are reserved for citizens of the countries of South East Europe involved in the program - Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia; Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. Five (5) places are reserved for citizens of the European Union countries, Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Russia.


Application Procedure

The selection of candidates will be performed by the Executive Board of this Master Program on the basis of submitted applications and required documents which are:

  • ERMA application form filled in and signed,
  • University diploma-certified copy;
  • Academic record/transcripts-original or a certified copy;
  • Evidence (certificate of proficiency etc.) of the knowledge of the English language;
  • Passport photocopy;
  • Certificate of citizenship; translated, original or certified photocopy
  • Birth certificate translated; translated, original or certified photocopy
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) –European format
  • Two recommendation letters (to be submitted in sealed envelopes)

(English language originals/certified translations only)

Interested candidates should submit the filled in application form and all other required documentation to the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies of the University of Sarajevo via regular mail or in person. Late and incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

The tuition fee is determined for each academic year by the Executive Board of the programme. In the academic year 2013/2014, the tuition fee is 1000 EURO.
Full tuition fee waiver is available for the citizens of the countries of South East Europe involved in the programme (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo). The students from the EU, Caucasus and Russia are not offered tuition fee waiver.
The students from the SEE countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo) as well as the EU, Caucasus and Russian citizens receive students’ maintenance grants in the amount 500€ per month TBC (taxable) for the first and second term while the third term is covered by the Programme.
For the non – EU and non – SEE students unfortunately the Programme cannot offer any financial support - scholarship nor tuition fee waiver. Such students must cover all programme and personal expenses in Sarajevo (First Term), during the internship period (Second Term), and the Third Term in Italy. Accommodation and food expenses for the Third Term amount to approximately 3150 EURO.


Information & contacts

Ms. Mersiha Behlulovic
Academic Tutor
address: Zmaja od Bosne 8, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
tel./fax.: +387 33 668 683


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