How to apply?

The online application will guide you through the admission procedure. Applications are open twice a year, between September 1st and June 1st (for September enrollment, starting studies in Fall) and between July 15th and November 15th (for February enrollment, starting studies in Spring). Please make sure you choose the proper application. 

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Admission procedure

To be accepted, the applicant must have completed (or be about to complete) secondary school with a graduation exam. Each application must include a cover letter in English (about 500 words); an essay in English on an international relations topic of the applicant’s choice (700-800 words); a transcript of previous education records; and proof of language competence at the B2 level (according to European Referential Framework of Languages standards), and an ID or passport copy.

The applications are processed and successful candidates from the first round are invited to an online video interview.

Cover letter

Tell us why you would like to study in the program, what drives you to study International Relations and European Politics, what your experience with the field has been so far, and what makes you a strong candidate for admission to this program.

Essay

Pick a topic in world politics or international relations. It does not matter whether the topic is something affecting the whole world (like climate change or malnutrition, for example) or whether it is something more regional (like religious radicalism in Sahel, for example). In your 700-800 words essay, describe the topic and then imagine you are a political leader participating in solving an issue or a problem relevant to your topic. What would you, as a political leader, do? What solutions would you suggest and why? Explain and defend your reasoning. If citing any sources, make sure you cite them properly and that you avoid any intended or unintended plagiarism.

 

For Spring 2022 entry, the essay requirements are still a 1,500-word essay on an international world's policy topic of your own choice.

 

If unsure about what plagiarism is, check out this website which has great explanations and illustrative examples:

https://www.niu.edu/academic-integrity/faculty/committing/examples/index.shtml.

Please note that the list of references is not included in the total word count.

Transcript of records

You application should include official transcripts of your previous studies proving you have concluded or are soon about to conclude secondary education. In case you are applying from an existing university program please also include your university transcripts (screenshots suffice).

Proof of language competence

A certificate or other form of proof attesting your command of English at level B2 or above.

An official certificate is preferable (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge, ACT, SAT, etc.) but can be substituted with other forms of proof if a certificate is unavailable. English competence will be assessed through other submitted materials and in the video interview.

Online video interview

Applicants who pass the first round are contacted by the members of the admission committee and an online video interview is scheduled. The online video interview typically takes about 20 minutes and is intended to clarify whether the applicant fits the program and whether the program is a good fit for the applicant.

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