24 months
7000 EUR/year
3500 EUR/year
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The Master in Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES) at Charles University in Prague focuses on modern history, politics and diplomacy, as well as fundamental social, cultural and economic problems.

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The Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES) programme at Charles University  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.

Graduates will acquire a good command of one or two languages of the area together with deep knowledge of the region studied. They will be capable of open but critical understanding and conceptual thinking, and of appreciating cultural diversity. 

Key facts:

The end of the Cold War and the Eastern enlargements of NATO and the EU have represented turning points in the history of Eastern, East-Central and South-Eastern Europe. Although once called “the East”, this area has in recent years moved to “the West”, raising many questions as to its identity and prospects. Will “the East” change and meld into the globalising world, or relapse into obscurity and its typical old diseases? Straddled between “the East” and “the West”, Prague is an ideal place to ask these questions and to seek answers to them.

The BECES programme is an excellent stepping stone in developing an academic career in any of the Faculty’s academic disciplines, as well as a valuable source of analytical skills and practical background knowledge that can be applied in professional life.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Political Systems of East Central European Countries
  • Introduction to History, Politics and Society of East-Central and South Eastern Europe
  • Concepts and Interpretations of Central European History
  • Concepts and Interpretations of Balkan History
  • Introduction to History, Politics and Society of East-Central and South Eastern Europe
  •  Qualitative methods in social sciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 28 February 2023 - early bird deadline 
    • 30 April 2023 - regular deadline


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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Other requirements

General requirements

The BECES programme is open only to students who have already completed a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in a related programme of study (area studies, history, political science), or at least combinations of these programmes with other study tracks (languages, geography, economics, social sciences).

In addition to the application form, every applicant needs to provide the following documents:

a) Copy of a diploma to show completed Bachelor (or higher) studies or confirmation that ongoing Bachelor studies will be completed in the current academic year;

b) Transcript of records and academic results from previous studies;

c) Structured CV including extra-curricular activities;

d) Motivation letter;

e) Document showing the level of English proficiency;

f) Two letters of recommendation (at least one academic)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3500 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Prague

15441 - 26241 CZK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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