Masters in Area studies in Switzerland

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Area studies

Master-level studies involve specialized study in a field of research or an area of professional practice. Earning a master’s degree demonstrates a higher level of mastery of the subject. Earning a master’s degree can take anywhere from a year to three or four years. Before you can graduate, you usually must write and defend a thesis, a long paper that is the culmination of your specialized research.

Area studies have become more and more common in the academic world since the 1940s. These research fields are intended to assist students with increasing their knowledge and understanding of a variety of diverse populations and regions or countries.

 

Switzerland (German: Schweiz, French: Suisse, Italian: Svizzera, Romansch: Svizra. Switzerland has some of the world renown universites like ETH in Zurich, EPFL in Lausanne, IHEID in Geneva, University of Lausanne or the University of St. Gallen. Keep in mind, it's much better to speak the local language, so if you can't speak either French, German or Italian, better go for a language course first.

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Master in European Affairs (Dual Degree with the London School of Economics)

Sciences Po
Campus Full time 2 years

This two-year programme, built on the complementary approaches of two prestigious members of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), combines the study of economics, public administration, global health and management. [+]

Best Masters in Area studies in Switzerland 2017. Master in European Affairs (Dual Degree with the London School of Economics) Dual Degree with the London School of Economics This two-year programme, built on the complementary approaches of two prestigious members of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), combines the study of economics, public administration, global health and management. It is designed for young professionals who want to gain an expertise in the management and evaluation of public policy in the European context and at the heart of two major European capitals. During the two year programme, dual degree students develop an understanding of the European project and acquire the professional competencies needed to work in the European affairs. During their first year in Paris, students are enrolled at Sciences Po, in either the Master in Public Policy or the Master in European Affairs. During their second year, students are enrolled at the LSE. Upon successful completion of the two years, students receive two degrees: a Master's from Sciences Po and a Master's from LSE. Dual master's degree in European Affairs Programme The Master in European Affairs offers a broad knowledge of the legal, economic and political foundations of the European Union, as well as of the history and sociology of the European integration project. During the first year at Sciences Po, students are integrated within the Master European Affairs (MAE). They follow courses in English and French. Students of the dual degree attend a joint seminar providing an introduction to research on European affairs. Its aim is to familiarize students with the scientific literature on politics and governance in the European Union. Every week students meet scholars of the two universities, Sciences Po and LSE, to discuss about European politics and governance through different perspectives: from political theory to sociology and political science and from economy to law. The participation to these seminars permits to students of the dual degree to prepare themselves for the second year at LSE. The second year takes place within the European Institute of the LSE and students choose among three different MSc, depending on their interests and their professional project: Ideas, Ideology and Identities, European Political Economy or EU Politics. The second year at LSE is composed of three semesters. During the summer semester, students write a Master's thesis on a topic chosen during the school year. Admissions Students interested in the dual degree with the Master in European Affairs at Sciences Po and the European Institute at LSE should apply directly via the admissions website. Careers Our dual degree graduates hold leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Examples of graduate careers: Policy Advisor at the OECD Analyst at the World Bank or World Food Programme Consultant at Accenture Budget economist at the Ministry of Finance International consultant in one of "the Big 4" worldwide audit firms (EY, KMPG, PwC, Deloitte) Contacts For questions related to the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs curriculum, please contact the Academic Advisor in charge of the policy stream that interests you. For questions related to the LSE curriculum, please send an email to the Institute of Public Affairs or the European Institute at the LSE. This is a dual degree with the London School of Economics. [-]

Master In European Affairs (dual Degree With Freie Universität Berlin)

Sciences Po
Campus Full time 2 years

Mastering the language and good knowledge of German culture are an essential asset in a Europe where the Franco-German relationship is instrumental. [+]

Double degrees - Freie Universität Berlin Double degree in International Affairs and European Affairs Freie Universität Berlin, "free university" is a university founded in 1948 by a group of students and teachers who had been excluded from the University Unter den Linden in the Soviet part of the city. Located in Berlin's FU is one of the largest German universities with 35 500 students, including 15% foreigners. Went through the FU Berlin great personalities such as the President of the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes, Jutta Limbach, President of the European Parliament, Klaus Hänsch and the Federal Minister of the Interior Otto Schily. Its Department of Political Science, Otto-Suhr-Institut is one of the most renowned in Europe. For more information on the Freie Universität Berlin To learn more about Sciences Po Check the settlement of tuition double degree Mastering the language and good knowledge of German culture are an essential asset in a Europe where the Franco-German relationship is instrumental. In France, the public sector and the private sector today are looking for French experts to help them better exchange, and work undertaken with Germany. Obtain two titles in two renowned institutions is a unique opportunity Sciences Po and the Freie Universität Berlin offer. For over twenty years, both institutions have close relations based on full recognition of the lessons in each of the partner institutions. The Franco-German cycle integrated in political and social sciences founded in 1991 and reformed now has trained hundreds of students who occupy positions of responsibility in the European institutions or international financial institutions. admissions Recruitment is international. Can apply all students who have obtained a bachelor's degree Bachelor's or an equivalent academic degree corresponding to 180 ECTS, at least 60 ECTS in political science materials. Students may be candidates even if they are not students already enrolled at the Free University and Sciences Po. Selection is based on an online application designed by a joint committee composed of one representative from each institution. A very good knowledge of social and political structures in France and Germany is required. Each year, 20 students can be selected. This program is taught in English and German and optionally in French. Note: Students who have been admitted to the Bachelor program of the Freie Universität through the mixed selection Po-FU Berlin Sciences must refill the application. Admission is by no means automatic. Tuition fees and scholarships Students will settle their tuition fees at the institution where they are studying. The program is supported by the Franco-German University (UFA). Students may obtain a mobility aid granted by the UFA. The Alumni Association In 1995 was founded the Association Gerhard Kiersch Verein, whose name is intended to preserve the memory of Professor of OSI, which in the late 1980s, initiated the Franco-German integrated cycle between Sciences Po and the Freie Universität. It gathers cycle and Alumni students thereby build a strong European network. Its activities focus on three areas: regular meetings of its members, publication of a quarterly newsletter, the "Mail Paris-Berlin", and organizing conferences on major issues of European and Franco-German news. Thus, AGKV has strong links with the actors of the political, economic, social and cultural life in Europe. In fact, the former graduates of the cycle now occupy positions where their intercultural competence is especially highlighted. They are present at European and international level in very different sectors (business, consulting, international organizations, media, public service). The AGKV aims to facilitate exchanges between students and elders, exchanges should also be used to build networks useful for finding internships or to enter the professional world. Visit the website of the Alumni Association of the French-German Round: The Gerhard Kiersch Verein Association [-]

Master in European Affairs

Sciences Po
Campus Full time 2 years

The Master in European Affairs/Affaires Européennes offers a comprehensive programme of instruction for students keen to embark on European careers, whether in the European or national public sector or in the private sector. [+]

Best Masters in Area studies in Switzerland 2017. Master in European Affairs Programme objectives The Master in European Affairs/Affaires Européennes offers a comprehensive programme of instruction for students keen to embark on European careers, whether in the European or national public sector or in the private sector. It brings together students from over 35 countries and a faculty with the same multicultural profile, comprised of academics, researchers and European or French civil servants, together with the best practitioners from the European "galaxy". The objectives of this Master are to educate specialists in European questions able to adapt easily to a multicultural environment. Classes are in English; however, students may choose to follow a bilingual study programme. The Master is therefore open to applicants who do not have a high level of French; however, during the two-year programme, students will attend French language courses to improve their level. The Master in European Affairs also offers a wide choice of double degree programmes. Structure of the curriculum The curriculum is built around a thorough core module on Public Economics and on the Economics of European Integration, the Political System of the European Union in a time of crisis and the Constitutional Foundations of the EU including both the Actors, the Processes, the Principles and the Tools of EU Law as well as the Law of the Internal Market, with a choice of electives that examine current policy debates with insights from academics and practitioners. During the first semester, students will start specializing in one of the policy streams offered either in French or in English (students must demonstrate proficiency either in French or in English depending on their choice of policy stream. The English streams are attached to the Master in European Affairs ; the French streams are attached to the Master Affaires Européennes): Policy streams in English (European Affairs): Cultural Policy and Management - available for 2017 intake Digital, New Technology and Public Policy - available for 2017 intake Economics and Public Policy Energy, Resources and Sustainability Europe in the world (offered in PSIA) Global Health - available for 2017 intake Management and Public Affairs - available for 2017 intake Markets and Regulation Politics and Public Policy Social Policy and Social Innovation - available for 2017 intake Policy streams in French (Affaires Européennes): Administration publique - available for 2017 intake Culture (French track) - available for 2017 intake Défense et sécurité (available for 2017 intake) Énergies, ressources et développement durable (French track) Santé (French track) - available for 2017 intake The knowledge and competences in the chosen field will be based on a progressive learning. Starting with one course in the first semester, students, during the second and the third semester, will attend an increasing number of courses of the policy stream, deepening the knowledge and competences in the chosen field. The cases analysis of the third semester will allow students to develop different skills on the basis of the specialization they have chosen and of the professional project they are building. Negotiations games (decision making processes, budget) will also enrich the pedagogical offer, allowing students to simulate procedures and power balance between European institutions and Member States. Participating actively to those simulations, students will acquire analysis tools and leading and management methods through a unique collective experience. During the fourth semester, students will have a concrete experience to round off the program. Students may choose between an internship, a policy project, studying at a partner university, doing an individual project, or writing a thesis, depending on their professional project. During the two years, students will be accompanied in the construction of their professional project. Starting from the first semester, students will have an active role in a workshop on European careers which is based on roundtables with professionals of European Affairs who share with the students their experience and their career path, helping students to define their professional project. During the second semester, a trip to Luxembourg and Brussels enables a full immersion of the students of the Master into the life of European institutions which have been studied in many courses, but also to approach other actors of the great Brussels's galaxy. During their two years at Sciences Po, students can attend the CPCE to prepare the EPSO selection to become EU civil servant. Career opportunities Graduates have access to a wide range of career openings in European affairs in France, Europe or even elsewhere in the world. They may apply for civil service positions and assignments directly on completing the Master and for the European civil service after sitting an EPSO civil service examination. Some graduates choose to work in the private sector, in companies, consulting firms or lobbying groups. Still others join think tanks or research institutes or undertake a PhD with the aim of specialising in research. Programme content Core courses Compulsory for all students: Public economics Constitutional Foundations of the European Union (this course is also taught in French, within the bilingual track: Système juridique de l'Union européenne) The Political system of the European Union in a time of crisis Policy Analysis and Policy Evaluation (this course is also taught in French, within the bilingual track: introduction aux outils d'analyse quantitative) Economics of European Integration The Law of the Internal Market (this course is also taught in French, within the bilingual track: Droit du marché intérieur) Ethics and Public Policy Courses in one of the Policy streams of the Master in European Affairs Each student of the MEA has to choose as of the first semester a Policy stream from the following list: Policy streams in English (European Affairs): Cultural Policy and Management - available for 2017 intake Digital, New Technology and Public Policy - available for 2017 intake Economics and Public Policy Energy, Resources and Sustainability Europe in the world (offered in PSIA) Global Health - available for 2017 intake Management and Public Affairs - available for 2017 intake Markets and Regulation Politics and Public Policy Social Policy and Social Innovation - available for 2017 intake Policy streams in French (Affaires Européennes): Administration publique - available for 2017 intake Culture (French track) - available for 2017 intake Énergies, ressources et développement durable (French track) Santé (French track) - available for 2017 intake Défense et sécurité (opening 2017) Elective courses These courses are chosen from a wide range of courses every semester. The MEA students have access to all the elective courses of the EAP. Additional component of the programme Two electives courses chosen among Sciences Po's hallmark common courses curriculum Sciences Po's "in house" language courses The personal project during the last semester : internship, academic exchange, thesis, the final oral exam Sciences Po's "Grand oral" [-]

Master in African Studies

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 4 semesters February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

Africa is experiencing radical changes. Whether it is in the economic, social, environmental demographic or political sphere, African societies are evolving fast. This Master’s programme provides the critical distance needed to understand these transformations in all their complexity. The curriculum stands out for its interdisciplinarity, combining approaches from the social, natural and human sciences. It also provides a long-term perspective and gives students the opportunity to study Africa not in isolation, but in terms of the continent’s interactions with the rest of the world.<a href="/www.unige.ch/immat" ></a> [+]

Master in African Studies Africa is experiencing radical changes. Whether it is in the economic, social, environmental demographic or political sphere, African societies are evolving fast. This Master’s programme provides the critical distance needed to understand these transformations in all their complexity. The curriculum stands out for its interdisciplinarity, combining approaches from the social, natural and human sciences. It also provides a long-term perspective and gives students the opportunity to study Africa not in isolation, but in terms of the continent’s interactions with the rest of the world. The Master begins with the interdisciplinary core curriculum. After the first semester, students can choose between two areas of specialisation: “Environment and societies”, which focuses on environmental challenges and the way they influence life in society; and “States, societies and development”, which examines the formation of states since the colonial era and their role in development-related issues at various levels. Geneva, which houses many international organisations, is a unique place to study these dynamics. This Master’s programme also places particular emphasis on experience in the field, and students can take advantage of exchanges with UNIGE’s partner universities in Africa. To complete their course, students choose between a “research” option, which includes a fieldwork and a thesis, and a “professionalising” option involving a work placement/internship over several months and a detailed internship report report. Curriculum Required courses from the core curriculum (36Credits) : Prehistory and precolonial history of Africa Colonial history of Africa Environment Development economics States, territories and development in Africa Critical approach to world divisions Specialised courses (36Credits) : Choice between: Specialisation 1: Environment and societies Specialisation 2: States, societies and development Electives (36Credits) Work placement/Internship or thesis (36Credits) Mobility Given the length of the programme, Master’s students are allowed to go on exchange for one semester maximum. Students may go on exchange as early as their 3rd semester and may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The thesis cannot be substituted. A stay in the field is strongly recommended. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities Africa is a new hub of economic and demographic growth. As its role in the international stage becomes more and more pronounced, so do the social inequalities generated by this growth. Graduates of the programme have the skills needed to understand and address the issues at stake in Africa, and they find work in a variety of sectors such as diplomacy, international organisations and NGOs, the media, industry, including multinationals operating in Africa, or in the promotion and protection of historical and cultural heritage. Admission Criteria Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree. Merit-based admission. Applications Deadline: 28 February 2017 www.unige.ch/immat admissions.unige.ch [-]

Master in Middle Eastern Studies

University of Geneva
Campus or Online Full time 4 semesters February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master’s programme in Middle Eastern studies allows students to an in-depth understanding of the issues the region is facing, from a historical, cultural and geopolitical perspective. Within this programme, students will study social mobilizations and democratisation processes in the Middle East, the stability in Maghreb and Mashreq countries and the rising of the areas as major player in the field of the arts and heritage. This Master also analyses the influence of new players on the regional stage, including Turkey and the Gulf states, and addresses the economics of oil revenues. [+]

Best Masters in Area studies in Switzerland 2017. Master in Middle Eastern Studies With its ethnic, religious, economic and political diversity, the Middle East is both a culturally rich and an extremely complex region. It is also a strategic region, vulnerable, and full of promises. Recently, the Arab Springs have put the Middle East in the media spotlight. The challenges of transition in the region come at a time of accelerating economic, political and cultural change, both on the national and the global levels. The Master’s programme in Middle Eastern studies allows students to an in-depth understanding of the issues the region is facing, from a historical, cultural and geopolitical perspective. Within this programme, students will study social mobilizations and democratisation processes in the Middle East, the stability in Maghreb and Mashreq countries and the rising of the areas as major player in the field of the arts and heritage. This Master also analyses the influence of new players on the regional stage, including Turkey and the Gulf states, and addresses the economics of oil revenues. This programme is designed for students who want to specialise in issues related to the Middle East through an open and interdisciplinary approach. Curriculum Required courses in the core curriculum (30Credits) : History of the Contemporary Middle East Geopolitics and Middle Eastern political regimes Orient, orientalism(s) and the West Political Economy Globalization and cultural issues in Middle East Specialised courses (30Credits) : Concentration in one or more areas of the core curriculum Electives (30Credits) Internship or dissertation (30Credits) Mobility Master’s students are allowed to go on exchange for one semester maximum. Students may go on exchange as early as their third semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities Students from diverse academic backgrounds will benefit from an in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding the Middle East, and such knowledge is essential for anyone going on to a career in diplomacy; NGOs and international organisations; the media; companies with economic ties in the region; cultural heritage and the arts. Admission Criteria Bachelor or equivalent degree. Admission based on application file. Applications Deadline: 28 February 2017 www.unige.ch/immat admissions.unige.ch [-]

Master in Russia-East Central Europe

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 4 semesters February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master Russia-East Central Europe offers specialised education on Russia and the countries comprising East Central Europe. Historically, these are the countries formed after the dissolution of the USSR as well as those which had a shared destiny due to the establishment of communist regimes on their soil. After the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the fall of these regimes, these countries became sovereign states. However, most of them remain linked, whether geographically, culturally, linguistically, or as a result of their shared history of communism. [+]

Master in Russia-East Central Europe The Master Russia-East Central Europe offers specialised education on Russia and the countries comprising East Central Europe. Historically, these are the countries formed after the dissolution of the USSR as well as those which had a shared destiny due to the establishment of communist regimes on their soil. After the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the fall of these regimes, these countries became sovereign states. However, most of them remain linked, whether geographically, culturally, linguistically, or as a result of their shared history of communism. This Master’s programme is interdisciplinary: while history and cultural studies are the dominant foci, other disciplines such as economics and political science are also mobilised in various ways within the curriculum. The interactions and connections between Russia and East Central Europe and other regional contexts are also explored. To complete their degree, students may opt for a work placement or a dissertation. The work placement aims to prepare students for professional activity and requires that students write a final report about the experience gained, while the dissertation prepares students for academic research. Curriculum Required courses from the core curriculum (30Credits) : History of the USSR in international relations History of Central and Eastern Europe (1929-1989) History of Ukraine (19th to 21st centuries) The economics of Central and Eastern Europe Specialised courses (30Credits) : Concentration in one or more areas of the core curriculum Electives (30Credits) Internship, thesis, “Geneva Global” programme (30Credits) Mobility Due to the brevity of the programme, Master’s students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester maximum. Students may go on exchange as early as their third semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities With the integration of certain East-Central European states in the European Union and NATO and Russia’s complex relationships with NATO, the EU and its close neighbors, there is a clear and urgent need for specialists in various sectors, including international and regional organisations, national and European institutions, and journalism. Admission Criteria Bachelor or equivalent degree. Admission based on application file. Applications Deadline: 28 February 2017 www.unige.ch/enrolment admissions.unige.ch [-]

Master in European Studies

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 4 semesters February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master in European Studies includes 3 possible orientations: "cultures and societies", “economics, politics and societies” and "institutions, law and societies". [+]

Best Masters in Area studies in Switzerland 2017. Master in European Studies The Master in European Studies includes 3 possible orientations: THE ORIENTATION “CULTURES AND SOCIETIES” is part of the legacy of the founder of the European Institute, Denis de Rougemont, for whom culture played an essential role in the construction of Europe. This orientation focuses on the diversity of Europe’s cultural sources, its rich history and its long process of construction. The orientation includes courses in history, the history of ideas, as well as courses which explore the different dimensions of European culture: literature, cinema, intercultural relations, cosmopolitanism, etc. THE ORIENTATION “ECONOMICS, POLITICS AND SOCIETIES” includes courses in political science, sociology and economics. In addition to its focus on the European Union (EU) institutions, internal policies, relations with citizens, the media and security issues, this orientation places particular emphasis on the international aspects of the EU. In relation to economics, the orientation offers unique courses on the economic relations between Europe and the rest of the world, particularly developing countries. THE ORIENTATION “INSTITUTIONS, LAW AND SOCIETIES” focuses on the major role played by law in the process of European integration. The bases, construction, principles and application of European law provide the framework for this orientation. In the context of European integration, European law seems to predate European society. Within this orientation, the issue of how national societies, with their respective laws, and supranational European law can coexist is explored from an interdisciplinary perspective. To complete their degree, students may opt for a work placement or a dissertation. The work placement aims to prepare students for professional activity and requires that students write a final report about the experience gained, while the dissertation prepares students for academic research. Curriculum Core curriculum for the 3 concentrations (30Credits) : European culture European history Political integration European law Economic integration Methodological and interdisciplinary seminar (30Credits) Orientation-specific courses and electives (30Credits) Work placement or dissertation (30Credits) Mobility Master’s students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester maximum, as early as their third semester of study, and may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities With the knowledge and skills acquired in the Master’s programme, graduates find employment in a wide range of areas. Students often go on to work in public policy planning and implementation at the regional, national or European levels. Many opportunities can also be found in the international sector, particularly in Geneva, in European institutions, international organisations, NGOs or multinational companies. This programme also prepares graduates for further studies in journalism. Admission Criteria Bachelor or equivalent degree. Admission based on application file. Applications Deadline: 28 February 2017 www.unige.ch/enrolment admissions.unige.ch [-]

Master multidisciplinary in Asian Studies

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 3 months February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master multidisciplinary in Asian Studies is a joint programme of the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (SES) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The courses broach all aspects of society, from culture to history, economics, politics and international relations. The programme allows students to begin or continue learning an Asian language, such as Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Korean. [+]

Master multidisciplinary in Asian Studies The Master multidisciplinary in Asian Studies is a joint programme of the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (SES) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The courses broach all aspects of society, from culture to history, economics, politics and international relations. The programme allows students to begin or continue learning an Asian language, such as Chinese, Japanese, Hindi1 and Korean. 1 This course is part of the Religious Studies programme at the University of Lausanne. Curriculum Courses (5 modules) (60Credits) : Beginner or more advanced levels] Chinese, Japanese, Hindi1, Korean Required courses and electives History, Literature, International relations, Social sciences and development studies, etc. 1 This course is part of the Religious Studies programme at the University of Lausanne. Research (60Credits) : Possibility of a internship either in an Asian country or related to Asia; thematic research and dissertation Mobility Master’s students are encouraged to go on exchange, if possible for a single semester, given the duration of the programme. Students may go on exchange regardless of how many credits they have completed at the Faculty. Under regulations, students may earn no more than 24 credits (or 2 out of 5 modules in the Master of Arts) while on exchange. The dissertation cannot be substituted. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities Unlike other fields of study, Arts degrees are not geared toward a specific career and graduates generally need to gain additional experience on the job. Job opportunities may be found in the following areas: teaching, journalism, radio, television, publishing, libraries, documentation centres, archives, bookshops, museums, heritage protection organisations, international organisations, diplomacy, private companies, banks, administration, staff management, tourism, public relations, cultural activities, art dealerships, galleries and literary, linguistic and philosophical research and writing, etc. Admission Criteria A Bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university or an equivalent foreign degree. Merit-based admission. Applications Deadline: 30 April 2017 (28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations) www.unige.ch/immat admissions.unige.ch [-]