Master in Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies


Program Description

Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES) is a two-year English-language Master's degree program, which focuses on modern history, politics, and diplomacy, as well as to fundamental social, cultural and economic problems. It addresses the English-speaking audience with a deep and versatile exploration of “the East”, understood as a territory composed of Central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula, and the Post- Soviet area, including the Caucasus and Central Asia. It also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of some of the Czech language. The program is deliberately structured to take advantage of the multidisciplinary nature of the Faculty, and students will be encouraged to make connections between different fields of study, learning to combine a global perspective with attention to detail and local interests.

The core courses provide an overview of crucial segments of the area from an analytical and multidisciplinary perspective, while the elective classes allow students to create their own specialization. The aim of the program is to help students write a Master’s thesis of sufficient quality to merit publication. Through the university’s network of exchange programs, talented students may also be offered the opportunity to make a brief research visit to another country in the area.


  • Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • Balkan and Central European Studies.

The specialization must be chosen at the time of the application.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

In addition to the application, the following must be provided:

  1. Copy of a Bachelor's or Master's diploma, or a statutory declaration that the diploma will be awarded in the ongoing academic year; or a final transcript of marks, provided that these are from the same academic year as the application;
  2. Transcript of marks and academic results from previous higher education studies;
  3. CV including extra-curricular activities;
  4. Motivation letter and one recommendation letter;
  5. Two references (at least one academic).

All documents which are not originally in Czech, Slovak or English must be accurately translated into English.

The admissions committee will assess applicants on the basis of the documents submitted and rank them, using points 1 - 100. The point limit for accepting applicants is set by the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. A pre-condition for being accepted is the completion of higher education studies (a Bachelor's/Master's degree).

Conditions for admission

Admission to Master's studies is conditioned by completed secondary education confirmed by a school-leaving certificate. Admission to Post-Bachelor studies (Master's program) is likewise conditioned by completed education in any type of study program.

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Career Prospect

The graduates of the Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies program know the historical, political, social and economic context of the territory and possesses internationally relevant expertise in Area studies. They understand the history and political context of the studied territory. They can elaborate text of high quality regarding their expertise and formal aspects and make qualified assessments of the development of the states and societies of the studied regions. Owing to that, they sought for candidates and outstandingly evaluated employees in state administration, diplomacy, nongovernmental organizations, and international institutions, research and development, private sphere and media.

Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV UK) is a part of one of the oldest universities in the world which was founded in 1348 by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Shortly after the establishment in 1990, F ... Read More

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV UK) is a part of one of the oldest universities in the world which was founded in 1348 by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Shortly after the establishment in 1990, FSV UK became a regional centre of teaching and research in economics, sociology, political science, international relations, area studies, media studies and journalism. Read less