Central European Comparative Studies (CECS), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
Central European Comparative Studies (CECS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which focuses on the areas of Germany, Austria and the Visegrad Countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) with an overlap onto neighbouring regions. It offers a thorough comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of the historical, political, economic and cultural developments of these countries.

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Central European Comparative Studies(CECS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which focuses on the areas of Germany, Austria and the Visegrad Countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) with an overlap onto neighbouring regions. It offers a thorough comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of the historical, political, economic and cultural developments of these countries.

The programme is taught at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, by members of the Institute of International Studies. It focuses on comparative analysis in the following areas: political systems in the 20th century, political development since 1990, the economy, European integration, culture, and the history of society in the 19th and 20th centuries. It also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of some of the Slavonic languages of the area.

Graduates of the Central European Comparative Studies programme are most likely to emerge as regional analysts, diplomats, higher civil servants, employees of European institutions or territorial experts. In addition to having a mastery of English, the graduate will possess an advanced knowledge of German (still the most important language of the Central European region) and a basic knowledge of at least one Slavonic language of the region.

Accreditation

The programme is fully accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Programme Structure

Course Structure

Compulsory Courses 66 ECTS
Languages 36 ECTS
Optional Courses minimum 6, maximum 18 ECTS
Electives minimum 0, maximum 12 ECTS
Defence of M. A. Thesis

Compulsory Courses

  • Master´s Thesis Seminar I
  • Master´s Thesis Seminar II
  • Methodology and Academic Writing Seminar
  • Political Geography
  • Comparison of Central European Political Systems I.
  • Comparison of Central European Political Systems II.
  • Central European History Compared
  • Central European Culture History I.
  • Central European Culture History II.
  • Konversatorium
  • Constitutional Transformation of the Central and East European Countries
  • Fundamentals of the History of Central European Jewry

Prerequisities, corequisities, alternative and incompatible courses

  • Master´s Thesis Seminar I.
  • Master´s Thesis Seminar II.
  • Political Geography
  • Comparison of Central European Political Systems I.
  • Comparison of Central European Political Systems II.
  • Central European History Compared
  • Constitutional Transformation of the Central and East European Countries

Laguages

  • Language of the Region A I.
  • Language of the Region B I.
  • Language of the Region A II.
  • Language of the Region A III.
  • Language of the Region A IV.
  • Language of the Region B II.

Optional Courses - Electives

  • European Economic Policies
  • Geostrategic Importance of Central Europe
  • Konversatorium II.
  • Conception and Interpretation of the History of German Speaking Countries
  • Central European Cinema
  • Destruction Revised: Revisionism, Trivialization and Denial
  • Oil and Gas in the Post Soviet Area
  • Jewish Culture in Central Europe
  • Austria after 1945. History and Politics of rhe Second Republic
  • Spricht der Teufel immer noch Deutsch? Tschechen, Deutsche und ihre gemeinsame Vergangenheit
  • Politics in NS Germany
  • Society in NS Germany
  • Jewish Art
  • Lecture of German Professor 1
  • Lecture of German Professor 2
  • Lecture of German Professor 3
  • Lecture of German professor 4
  • Central European Politics
  • CIVIL SOCIETY IN CENTRAL EUROPE

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
    CoursesFull-time study courses

    Compulsory Courses

    66 ECTS

    Languages

    36 ECTS

    Optional Courses

    minimum 6, maximum 18 ECTS

    Electives

    minimum 0, maximum 12 ECTS

    Defence of Master's Thesis

    Part-time study courses

    Compulsory courses

    108 ECTS

    Languages

    minimum 0, maximum 12 ECTS

    Electives

    minimum 0, maximum 12 ECTS

    Defence of Master's Thesis

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

Candidates should submit a formal application consisting of the following documents:

  • The application form, completely filled in and duly signed.
  • Copies of all relevant diplomas and transcripts. Copies of diplomas and transcripts do not have to be certified. However, if you submit uncertified copies you must bring the originals of all submitted documents with you to Prague, so we can confirm their authenticity.
  • Proof of English-language ability. Applicants should include details of any tests of the English language they have taken; except native speakers and applicants who have obtained a degree, the course for which has been taught entirely in English.
  • Proof of German-language ability. Applicants should include details of any tests of the German language they have taken; except native speakers and applicants who have obtained a degree, the course for which has been taught entirely in German.
  • Short academic curriculum vitae (resume) detailing all relevant qualifications and experience
  • References or letters of recommendation from earlier studies would be welcome, but they are not a requirement.

Diplomas, transcripts and letters of recommendation may be submitted in the language in which they were originally issued. If we need a translation, we will ask for it. Documents will not be returned. Thank you for your understanding. Personal data will be used exclusively for organizing the course´s enrolments.

The early admissions deadline for academic year 2017/18 is 28th February 2017. The early admissions deadline is strongly recommended for students from non-EU or non-EFTA countries who will need a student visa in order to study in the Czech Republic.

The regular deadline for academic year 2017/18 is 30th April 2017. The application fee is 530 CZK (approximately 20 EUR).

There will be no entrance examinations. Applicants' materials will be assessed by an admissions committee in March/May respectively. Successful applicants will be informed at the beginning of April/June respectively, so they can apply for their student visa.

Tuition Fee

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    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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The tuition fee for the CECS programmes (for the full-time and the part-time study programme as well) 6 000 EUR per year. Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own living expenses (food, lodging, etc.).

Living costs for Prague

  • 15441 - 26250 CZK/month
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