ERMA offers an intensive one year experience in the field of democracy and human rights studies
The European Regional Master's Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA) is a joint initiative by the University of Sarajevo, with the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) and the University of Bologna, with the Institute for Central-Eastern and Balkan Europe (IECOB) established in 2000.
ERMA is an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme intended for students who wish to combine studies with empirical and field research experience in human rights and democratization issues in South East Europe (SEE). The main objective of the programme is to promote the creation of generations of young professionals for state management, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, for academia and think-tanks in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as countries belonging to the EU and worldwide.
ERMA is co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy via the Embassy of the Republic of Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina via the Italian Cooperation Agency, and it is proud member of the Global Campus of Human Rights.
ERMA is based on the long-lasting cooperation of 12 partner universities from the SEE region and Europe, under the coordination by the University of Sarajevo and the University of Bologna. Students receive diplomas from both coordinating universities after having obtained ECTS.
ERMA offers an intensive one year experience in the field of democracy and human rights studies with specific regional focus on the SEE. Recognizing that human rights are a crosscutting theme among different disciplines of study, such as political science, social sciences, law, sociology, and philosophy, ERMA nurtures strong interdisciplinary approach.
The students benefit from studying together with colleagues from all over the region, European Union and rest of the world, and have the chance to:
- Benefit full scholarships covering tuition fees, living and travel expenses
- Study in a highly international and multicultural environment
- Experience advanced learning combined with empirical workshops, exercises, and skill-building semiars
- Participate in comprehensive courses on methodology of academic research and writing
- Benefit from full academic assistance by a team of academic tutors
- Acquire working and research experience throughout the 6-week internship period in countries of the SEE
- Take part in mobility period at the University of Bologna
- Participate in the Global Campus joint activities
- Receive awards for best MA thesis; best MA defense; MA thesis publication; and 6 months internship scholarship
- Become members of the ERMA Alumni Network and the Global Campus Alumni Association
DEADLINE 10 September 2018
36 students will be selected, in the second half of September 2018, from the following target groups:
- Target group I (25 places): Citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia and citizens of Kosovo-holders of passports of countries recognized by BiH.
- Target group II (5 places): Citizens of the European Union countries, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Russian Federation.
- Target group III (6 places): Citizens of other countries.
All students from TGI and TGII get:
- Study grants covering regular living costs (November to July) in the amount of 4.500€ gross.
- Costs of lodging and dining (full board) covered by the programme during the term three period in Italy
- Reimbursements (travel, health etc.) in the overall amount of 1.200€.
Students of TG III cover their living and travel expenses and the costs of term three in the amount of 3.150€.TUITIONS
TG I: No tuition fee. Enrollment costs 200€.
TG II: 2.000€.
TG III: 2.000€.
I ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
The university degree of the applicants must be earned during studies lasting either 4 or 5 years within the former undergraduate studies provisions, or 5 years (3+2) within I and II cycle studies provisions in accordance with the Bologna process with a minimum of 240 ECTS earned. Candidates must hold a university degree in social sciences and humanities, from an accredited university, particularly in disciplines relevant to human rights: law, political sciences, international relations, etc.
II ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Applicants with English as a native language and those who had a previous university education in the English language will provide competency through their transcripts or certificates issued by the respectful universities only. Others have to provide evidence of their proficiency. The Master Programme recognizes the following international English Language certificates:
- TOEFL – minimum score of 560 paper-based, 220 computer-based, IBT not less than 83;
- British Council’s IELTS – minimum band 6.5 and no less than 6.0 in any of its subsections;
- CAE and CPE Cambridge exams
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