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

Preliminary application deadline: 30. 06. 2024

Extended application deadline: 31. 08. 2024

Applications fully submitted by June 30, 2024 will already be evaluated during July.

Important note for visa-seeking students: Please read about the visa process carefully before applying. You are responsible for organizing your legal stay in Czechia and the visa application process can get quite lengthy. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to obtain the visa in time because the June and August deadlines are fairly close to the start of the academic year on September 30, 2024. The extended deadlines are therefore strongly recommended to students who already possess the legal right to long-term stay in Czechia.

Basic Information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Programme Director: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D. (

Programme Coordinator: Mgr. Klára Kosová (;

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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