Master in Border Crossings: Global and Local Societies in Transition
BOC is an international Master’s Degree programme in the Social Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus.
Border Crossings offers high quality multi-disciplinary studies completely in English in one of two majors – Crossing Borders in a Global Context (MSocSc in Human Geography) and Borders, Society and Cultural Diversity (MSocSc in Sociology). The programme also offers study opportunities to exchange students.
Why Border Studies?
The Border Studies programme offers engagement with a growing field of importance and global interest – borders. The programme gives graduates the skills to navigate the increasing debate on national and European identities, mobilities and migration, multi-culturalism and citizenship, and cross-border co-operation, especially along the EU’s external borders.
The programme aims to offer students from a variety of academic backgrounds a broader and deeper understanding of borders and bordering processes in society. The programme provides students with an excellent opportunity to gain a better understanding of diverse societies and cultures in a multi-national educational environment, while carrying out research for a Master’s degree.
Careers: why study in the programme?
The BOC programme is an excellent platform to find employment in a wide range of professional jobs in various sectors of society, be it in government, international organisations, NGOs or business, both in Finland and internationally. Having successfully completed the programme, students also are eligible to pursue doctoral studies in their field of specialisation.
The Border Crossings Master’s Degree programme works closely together with the university’s VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies, promoting expertise on Borders, Border Areas and Russia at the University of Eastern Finland.
Admissions and Applications to BOC
The Border Crossings programme offers studies to two types of students:
- Master's degree-seeking Students
- Exchange Students
Currently, no tuition fees are charged for degree studies, regardless of citizenship. Successful applicants to the programme can expect to pay student union membership fees of approximately €100 per academic year. Successful non-EU applicants may be required to show savings of €6000 when applying for a study visa - please consult the Finnish Migration Service's web-site for details. As a result of having no tuition fees, the programme and university cannot financially support students' studies.
Applicants should also be advised that finding part-time employment in Joensuu is almost impossible for non- Finnish-speakers - successful candidates should not expect to finance their studies through local employment.