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 of a territory composed of Central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula, and the post-Soviet area, including the Caucasus and Central Asia. The programme focuses on the unique and challenging political and social environment of the region.

In order to enhance their curriculum, students choose from two specializations:

Balkan and Central European Studies integrates the analysis of political, societal, economic and cultural developments in the Balkans and Central Europe and seeks to place the interaction of these influences in a policy-relevant context.

Russian and Eurasian Studies is designed to respond to the growing strategic importance of Russia and the former Soviet Union. Study of Russian and post-Soviet politics is supplemented by a wide range of options on other regions of the former Soviet Union and broad thematic issues such as corruption and governance, ethnopolitical conflict, nationalism, and security.

Application submission deadlines

Early-bird application deadline: 30. 06. 2023
The early-bird deadline 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.

Regular application deadline: 31. 08. 2023

Basic Information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

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

Programme Coordinator: Bc. Jiřina Tomečková (;

Admission Administration:

Tuition Fee: 3 500 EUR per year for students from the EU and EEA countries
                      7 000 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.

Requirements for Application: See the full list here

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.

Other materials: BECES leaflet.

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