Central European Comparative Studies (CECS)

Central European Comparative Studies (CECS)

Two-year English-language Master's degree programme focuses on the areas of Germany, Austria and the Visegrad Countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) with an overlap onto neighbouring regions. It offers a thorough comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of the historical, political, economic and cultural developments of these countries.

The programme is taught by members of the Institute of International Studies (IIS). It focuses on comparative analysis in the following areas: political systems in the 20th century, political development since 1990, the economy, European integration, culture, and the history of society in the 19th and 20th centuries. It also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of some of the Slavonic languages of the area. 

Graduates of the Central European Comparative Studies programme are most likely to emerge as regional analysts, diplomats, higher civil servants, employees of European institutions or territorial experts. In addition to having a mastery of English, the graduate will possess an advanced knowledge of German (still the most important language of the Central European region) and a basic knowledge of at least one Slavonic language of the region.

Detailed information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Academic Supervisor: Doc. PhDr. Ota Konrád, Ph.D. (ota.konrad@seznam.cz, ota.konrad@fsv.cuni.cz)

Academic Coordinator: PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D. (tomas.nigrin@fsv.cuni.cz)

Admission Administration: admissions@fsv.cuni.cz


The study programme Central European Comparative Studies is offered either in the form of a full-time or a part-time study. The part-time study programme provides the opportunity to follow the same structured courses as full–time students, but all compulsory lectures take place during the term only in the afternoon of every Friday. Students attend the lectures and study on their own with the academic support of the tutors and professors. The part-time study programme takes two years and at the end students obtain the same Master-diploma as the full-time students. The legal student status is the same for part-time and full-time students. The part-time study offers students the possibility to connect their personal development with their job and/or family life.

The graduate of the Master's degree programme in Central European Comparative Studies will have gained a wide range of analytical skills focused primarily, though not exclusively, on understanding the Central European region from a political, historical, economic, cultural and social point of view.


Study prerequisites

The CECS programme is open only to students who have already completed a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in a related programme of study (area studies, history, political science), or at least combinations of these programmes with other study tracks (languages, geography, economics, social sciences).



Full-time study courses

Compulsory Courses




Optional Courses

minimum 6, maximum 18 ECTS


minimum 0, maximum 12 ECTS

Defence of Master's Thesis


Find the course structure of full-time study programme in Karolinka (information e-brochure about programmes).


Part-time study courses

Compulsory courses

108 ECTS


minimum 0, maximum 12 ECTS


minimum 0, maximum 12 ECTS

Defence of Master's Thesis


Find the course structure of part-time study programme in Karolinka (information e-brochure about programmes).


Tuition fee

  • 6 000 EUR per year.

Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own living expenses (food, lodging, etc.).