Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES)

Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES)

The programme focuses on modern history, politics and diplomacy, as well as fundamentally social, cultural and economic problems. It addresses the English-speaking audience with a deep and versatile exploration of "the East", understood as a territory composed of Central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula, and the Post- Soviet area, including the Caucasus and Central Asia. Graduates will acquire a good command of one or two languages of the area together with deep knowledge of the region studied. They will be capable of open but critical understanding and conceptual thinking, and of appreciating cultural diversity. The programme is taught by members of the Institute of International Studies (IIS). Nevertheless, students are encouraged to take advantage of the multidisciplinary nature of the Faculty.

Application submission deadlines

The applications for the academic year 2021/2022 will be open on November 1, 2020.

Early-bird term for the application: 28. 02. 2021
The early-bird term is strongly recommended for students from visa-seeking countries. Please, be aware that it is the student's responsibility to obtain a visa before enrolling in the programme.

Application submission deadline: 30. 04. 2021

Basic Information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Academic Supervisor: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D. (

Programme Coordinator: Mgr. Klára Žaloudková (

Admission Administration:

Tuition Fee: 3 000 EUR per year for students from the EU and EEA countries
                      6 000 EUR per year for students from other countries

Reduction or Waiving the Fee: The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a set of scholarships and fee reductions. Conditions and terms can be found here.

Documents for Application: See the instruction via online application above.

Study Prerequisites: The programme is open to students who have completed a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a related programme study (e.g. area studies, history, political science), or combinations of these programmes with other study tracks (e.g. languages, geography, economics, social sciences).

Programme Structure: For the full course structure of the programme, please see the programme guidebook Karolinka.

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