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MA in European Studies - 3 Study Tracks

Our MA programme in European Studies is composed of high-level postgraduate courses taught in English.  Students may choose from 3 academic specialisations:

  • EU Studies
  • Central and Eastern European Studies
  • European Culture and Heritage

The duration of studies is 4 semesters.  

The programme is designed to provide students with advanced and interdisciplinary knowledge of contemporary European affairs. Our focus is the study of the political, economic, and cultural character of Central and Eastern Europe and the European Union.  Most of our graduates apply their expertise in careers in either non-governmental or business sectors, while others continue with their studies on a doctoral level.

Applicants should consult the following list of requirements before submitting an application.
In case of any questions or concerns regarding the application/admissions process, please email

Minimum Degree Requirements

All candidates must either hold (or expect to obtain) a BA degree from a recognised and accredited university or an equivalent first-cycle degree earned in countries where BA degrees are not offered. The diploma (or supplement) should include information about holders' eligibility to continue education in the country of issue. If such information is not provided with an additional statement from the candidate should be submitted.

Candidates possessing an MA degree may also apply. A degree in a relevant subject area is preferred; however, all applicants who can demonstrate an interest in European Studies are encouraged to apply.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Candidates whose first language is not English are required to prove their English language proficiency with a recognised certificate documenting command of the English language on a level specified by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. This does not apply to English native speakers, graduates of study programmes where the language of instruction was English. 

A list of select certificates and/or documents, recognized by the Jagiellonian University.

Candidates who do not have a language certificate at the stage of submitting the application will be invited for an interview which will verify the level of competency in the English language. The interview is passed successfully upon earning at least 60% of total points out of 100% and will fulfil the requirement for English proficiency.

Proficiency in Polish is not required.

Mode of study: Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years (4 semesters)

Language of instruction: English

Number of ECTS required for degree: 120 ECTS

During the programme, students are required to earn a total of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) points, consisting of:

  • The courses listed under each specialization, are chosen as part of the student's individually tailored curriculum (further details in the section Specializations)
  • Two semesters of foreign language courses

Foreign language options: Polish (4 levels), Russian, German, French (beginner level)

  • Workshops in methodology, academic writing and speaking, as well as the MA seminar
  • MA thesis.

The degree is completed when the student passes the MA thesis defence.

Should you have any questions or need further information, please contact the academic advisor for the programme, Ms Rita Hornok at

The full study programme can be found here.

At IES, we encourage students to develop their own independent curriculum and study track so that they can learn about and research topics that best reflect their interests and academic background. Students follow one of three related study tracks, and the MA degree with which they graduate reflects their specialisation.

EU Studies (from 2023-24)

Central and Eastern European Studies (from 2023-24)

European Culture and Heritage (from 2023-24)


Study programmes for the previous cohorts:

EU Studies (from 2022-23)

Central and Eastern European Studies (from 2022-23)

European Culture and Heritage (from 2022-23)


European Studies: EU Studies Track (from 2021-22)

European Studies: Central and Eastern European Studies Track (from 2021-22)

European Studies: Central and Eastern European Studies – Research Track (from 2021-22)

European Studies: Central and Eastern European, Russian and Euroasian Studies Track (from 2021-22)

European Studies: Holocaust and Totalitarian Systems Track (from 2021-22)

European Studies: Europeanisation & Governance in CEE Track (from 2021-22)

Our degrees offer a wide variety of career opportunities. Our graduates work in international organizations (including the EU, UN, and OSCE), in embassies and consulates, in government organizations and politics, in non-governmental organizations, in media and journalism, in the business sector, and academia.

Our internship programme as part of our degree helps students to jump-start their careers. For more detailed information regarding the internship programme, kindly reach out to the Internship Officer, Ms. Svetlana Baranova, at

You can find all the information regarding the fees and funding for our MA programmes here:

Link to MA tuition page:


You can find all the information regarding the admissions to our MA programmes here:

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