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Field of study:
International Relations

Faculty of International and Political Studies

Programme type:
graduate (second-cycle)

Study mode: full-time

Title: magister
(equivalent of master's degree)

Tuition fee (EU citizens): 4 000 EUR/year (approx. 4 550 USD/year)

Tuition fee (non-EU citizens): 5 750 EUR/year (approx. 6 550 USD/year)

Number of semesters: 4 (2 years)

Language of instruction: English

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International Relations

The programme is run by a consortium composed of four universities from countries of the Visegrad Group: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), University of Pecs (Hungary) and Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia).


Prestigous scholarship grant for the study programme Joint Degree MA in International Relations, specialisation: Europe from Visegrad Perspective


We are pleased to announce that the academic consortium VNDREAM - Visegrad Network for Research, Education and Academic Mobility, coordinated by the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University, which consists of the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Masaryk University in Brno and the University of Pécs had been awarded funding from the International Visegrad Fund for the implementation of the grant: "Enhancing academic mobility in the V4, EU EaP and Western Balkans" in the amount of 167 000 EUR.

The grant offers prestigious scholarships to cover tuition and mobility costs as part of the Joint Degree MA in International Relations study program, specialisation: Europe from Visegrad Perspective for the five best students from the Visegrad Group countries, the EU Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans admitted to study for the academic year 2019/20 and five best students accepted for the academic year 2020/21.

Recruitment for the programme is open still! We invite you to apply for the programme!

The deadline for applying for the programme is 15 September this year. First scholarships will be available from 1 October 2019.

Detailed information on the grant and scholarships are available at

Programme description

This joint Master’s degree programme in international relations is carried out within the framework of the VNDREAM network, which consists of: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), University of Pecs (Hungary) and Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia).

This joint Master’s programme offers a unique opportunity to study international relations, European politics, economy, society & culture from the perspective of the Visegrad region. Experienced faculty of the leading universities from the Visegrad region as well as visiting professors and guest lecturers from renowned international academic and diplomatic institutions provide insightful and inspiring instruction about major developments in contemporary international law, economics, politics and culture in light of the European integration processes seen from the standpoint of the Visegrad region.

The programme lasts 4 semesters. The overall workload corresponds to a total of 120 ECTS. English is the leading language of instruction. Upon the completion of all requirements of the programme students obtain a joint degree equivalent to a title of the Master of Arts in accordance with national nomenclature of the partner universities.


AGATA MAZEPUS (Poland): The idea of the programme itself is great. How otherwise to learn about the politics, societies, culture, and economy of the countries you study than experience it there? The opportunity to learn about the Central European region from the perspective of each country is uncanny. It is always better to hear the different sides of the story.


JEYHUN ASHIROV (Azerbaijan): I have enjoyed warm and friendly environment at CES where high quality of education is being taught with innovative methods at historical Jagiellonian University.


DANIELA IVANKOVA (Slovakia): I consider Visegrad MA Programme as a great enrichment of my student life. I appreciate that we can study under experienced and qualified experts and they use different educational methods. This program is made for people who are not afraid of changes and they can adapt quickly to new environment and new people. The biggest advantage for me is the international environment, which helps to get rid of different prejudices. I am deeply interested in what I study and this programme gives me the opportunity to obtain internationally recognized education, which will be hopefully helpful for my future career.

Students spend each semester at each partner university in the following order:
Jagiellonian University in Kraków – first semester
Masaryk University – second semester
University of Pécs – third semester
Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica – fourth semester

First semester, Jagiellonian University in Kraków
History and Theory of International Relations
Current Developments in International Public Law
International Financial Markets: Current Developments in CEE
Optional courses according to current offer

Second semester: Masaryk University
European Governance and Multilevel Politics
Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe
Modern European State System
Optional courses according to current offer

Third semester, University of Pecs
Political Culture in CEE/V4 in Comparative Perspective
V4 in Transition – Democracy in V4
International Political Economy – the V4 States and the Economic Transformation
MA Thesis Seminar to be chosen by students from the list offered
Optional courses according to current offer

Fourth semester, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica
Political System of Visegrad Countries
Security Environments of V4 Countries
Central Europe and the EU Internal/External borders
Master’s thesis seminar to be chosen by students from the list offered
Optional courses according to current offer

Graduate’s profile

Graduates will acquire in-depth knowledge and analytical skills in the field of contemporary international relations in the global, European and regional dimensions with particular emphasis on the Central European perspective on key global and regional processes in the sphere of economy, security, society and culture as well as the position and role of Europe and the Visegrad region in contemporary international system.

These competences will be built upon the foundation of the history, languages and culture of Central Europe. Graduates of this study program will be prepared to work in international institutions, public administration, media and non-governmental organizations. They will acquire competences necessary to conduct individual research in the framework of third degree studies.

The program is addressed to all candidates holding a bachelor's or master's degree or their international equivalents particularly in the field of social sciences, humanities, economics and law.

Qualification rules

Final result is calculated on the basis of evaluation of documents submitted by the candidate as follows:

  1. Application content—maximum of 70 points—including:
    • grades in transcript—50 points;
    • academic and non-academic experience, other achievements, foreign language proficiency—20 points;
  2. Motivation—maximum of 30 points—motivation for undertaking the programme, relevance and originality of academic interests presented in the application (maximum of 6000 characters).


Application fee

The application fee is 22 USD (or 85 PLN, or 20 EUR). The fee is paid separately for each registration and each registration has its own bank account number assigned for the payment.

Tuition fee for EU citizens:

  • tuition for the first year: 4 000 EUR (approx. 4 550 USD)
  • tuition for the second year: 4 000 EUR (approx. 4 550 USD)

Tuition fee for non-EU citizens:

  • tuition for the first year: 5 750 EUR (approx. 6 550 USD)
  • tuition for the second year: 5 750 EUR (approx. 6 550 USD)

Contact us

Phone: +48 12 429 61 95; +48 12 429 62 07