Who can apply?
Candidates holding Bachelors’ degree in any undergraduate programme and are interested in majoring in human rights, democracy building and democratization may apply for the Human Rights and Democratization Master Program. The program has no age limitations. International students are most welcome to study at the Centre for European Studies.
How many credits will I have by the end of the academic programme?
Human Rights and Democratization MA programme includes both compulsory and elective courses. The whole program comprises a total of 60 credits, including Master’s thesis amounting 14 credits. The teaching staff involves most prominent professionals of the field in all of the partner countries. Number of visiting scholars is foreseen to be invited.
Is the study part-time or full-time?
Human Rights and Democratization MA programme is full-time.
Can I still apply for the programme if I finished my coursework but have not yet received diploma?
All candidates, who are expected to receive their official diplomas (though they have already finished coursework) by the start of the programme in September 2019, are welcome to apply. They need to provide to the Admissions committee an official letter from the university together with transcript. Copies of official diploma and transcript are to be sent to the committee as soon as they are received.
What are the working languages of the course?
English and Russian are the official working languages of the Regional Master’s Programme, since these languages are the most common in the Former Soviet Republics. Lecturers will provide students with materials in English and/or Russian. Depending on the course language exam questions are to be answered either in English or Russian.
Is it possible to work while attending the HR&D courses?
Working is de facto not compatible with courses. Given the intensity of the Programme, it is not feasible to engage in income generating work on the side.
Is there any tuition fee?
Yes, the tuition for students from Armenia is equal to 800.000 AMD and the tuition fee for foreign students is 1.040.000 AMD (around 2000 EUR).
At the same time, there are up to 20 full scholarships for more info see below.
Does HR&D offer any scholarship?
Yes, a certain number of students can benefit from full scholarships. It will cover travel expenses, and certain amount (equal to 350 EURO) will be provided monthly to cover living expenses. The stipend is given for 7 months to students who are out of their country of residence. Students from Armenia will get monthly stipend for 3 months during their study at a partner university.
Is there any specific form for recommendation letter?
No, there is no specific form. Signed references need to be written on letterhead and sent to the Admissions Committee.
Do the references have to be written in English, or should they be translated?
No, the letters can be written either in English or Russian. In case if they are written in other languages, official translation needs to be included.