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European Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #398 (BCR) Ankara, Turkey
The objective of this interisciplinary Master of Science in European Studies at METU Middle East Technical University  is to provide students with specialized knowledge on political, legal, social and economic aspects of European integration.
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After the World War II, European Union (EU), as a new regional cooperation shaped in the Western Europe, has become one of the most important models of regional integration in the World with its extensive institutional structure and extending policy areas. While the legal, political and economic aspects of the European integration process were primary along the Cold War era, with the 1990s foreign policy, security and defense has become important aspects beside internal policy developments. 

With the mid 1980s, EU has turned towards restructuring its relations with the countries out of the union by means of enlargement policies. When looking from these sides, European integration is a multi dimensional project with its political, economic, legal, social and cultural integration aspects.

Therefore, this multi dimensionality brings the European Studies into an interdisciplinary position. The Master of Science in European Studies at METU Middle East Technical University gained the necessity of being a distinct specializing area in the graduate level because of the changing position of Turkey after the Helsinki Summit.

 We can list the aims of the Graduate Program In European Studies, prepared as an answer to that necessity as:

  • to help forming specialist managerial staff about different aspects of the European integration and EU in different institutions and establishments
  • to make EU policies in the post-Helsinki period examined and understood by getting touch with EU authorities
  • to constitute a public opinion about EU and Turkey-EU relations by means of internal and external seminars and conferences
  • to determine the changes that Turkey will encounter in policies and constitutional contexts during the integration process.


Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • State and Society in Europe
  • Politics of European Integration
  • Economics of European Integration
  • Politics of Migration in Europe
  • State and society in Europe
  • Politics of European integration
  • Inst. And law of the European union
  • Economics of European integration
  • Globalization and the new geopolitics after
  • The crash: locating Europe in the present
  • Dev. of European identity and the European
  • Union
  • Politics of migration in Europe
  • European Union environment and natural
  • Resources policy

Detailed Programme Facts

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

    Without a thesis: 60 credits

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application Fee Receipt
    • English Proficiency Exam Score
    • Graduate Exams
    • Reference Letters
    • Transcript
    • Letter of Intention
    • Recognition Letter - only for non-Turkish citizens who graduated from any abroad university
    • Equivalence Letter - only for Turkish citizens who studied in any abroad university

Tuition Fee

  • International

    268 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 134 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    46 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Resident: 129 TL/semester
  • Non-Resident: 768 TL/Semester

Living costs for Ankara

  • 1600 - 2350 TRY/month
    Living Costs

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