MA in East European Studies – MIREES at University of Bologna

Deadline: 18 May 2015 (for all candidates), 18 September 2015 (for EU students and non-EU students with equivalent status). Different deadlines apply for the scholarship programmes
Open to: Bachelor graduates in Economics, Politics and International Relations, History, Languages, Cultural Studies and similar areas
Scholarship: depends on the organization providing it


MIREES is a joint program offered by the University of Bologna- Forlì Campus, Italy, together with the Vytautas Magnus University at Kaunas, Lithuania, the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, and the St. Petersburg State University, Russia. Enrolled students spend the first year in Forlì. In the second year a minimum of 5 months will be spent at one of the Partner Universities or at an associated partner University, including the University of Ljubljana and the University of Zagreb. Mobility grant is offered to all enrolled students, thanks to Erasmus+ or the MIREES mobility scheme.

The International Joint Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) is taught entirely in English (120 ECTS). The curriculum offers interdisciplinary, in-depth knowledge of post-socialist countries in transition, new EU member states, and new East-European neighbor countries. Students develop language skills by learning one Eastern European language (3 levels of Russian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Slovak; Hungarian is available in the second year).

Moreover, the program is designed to train perspective PhD students, analysts, area experts, consultants and mediators, to meet the needs of research institutes, the European Commission, international agencies, voluntary organizations and NGO’s, public administration, managers, corporations and banks active in the Baltic sea region, East-Central Europe and the Balkans. Most of the alumni have found employment in these fields, including international trade and IT companies, ministries and NGOs. The best graduates are currently attending doctorate programs at the Universities of Oxford, Kent, the New School, Giessen, St. Gallen, Galway, Durham, and other prestigious international academic institutions.


In order to be accepted to the MIREES programme, applicants must:

For admission to the Master of Arts in “Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe” students must have:

  • A First Cycle Degree (or a certificate of study obtained abroad and recognised as being suitable),  in one of the following disciplinary fields: Law, Economics, Social Sciences (Political science, Sociology, Political Geography, Demography, Gender Studies, Psychology, Anthropology), Humanities (History, Philosophy, Literature, Language Studies, Cultural studies) and Agriculture;
  • A knowledge of English language of at least B2 Level, according the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (TOEFL computer-based of at least 213 points or TOEFL paper-based of at least 550 points or TOEFL Internet-based of at least 79 points; IELTS of at least 6.0 points; FCE – B;  a B2 level certificate in English released by a University Language Centre). This attestation is not requested to English mother-tongue speakers and to candidates who obtained a first-cycle degree in a Anglo-Saxon Universities;
  • A suitable personal preparation, assessed on the basis of the documents submitted by the candidates;
  • Basic IT skills.


There is an annual tuition fee of € 4.368, which can be paid in three instalments, or in one single payment of € 4.281, through the payments methods indicated HERE (please note that other methods are not accepted).

However, there are  scholarship opportunities available for the prospective MIREES students. Please visit the web-sites of the organizations providing scholarships in order to obtain more information on the application process and their admission criteria:

  • ER-GO Grants: assignment of study grant, full exemption from fees or fee reduction, considering academic merit and personal income;
  • Collegio Superiore of University of Bologna Scholarships: students admitted to Collegio Superiore benefit from free lodging, an annual grant and the exemption from university fees;
  • MIREES Fee Waivers: 5 Fee Waivers of Euro 4.000 (Euro 2.000 per academic year) are offered to students who enroll in the 1st year of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) for the academic year 2015/2016, according to their position in the admission ranking list.

The full list of financial aid opportunities is available HERE.


There are two steps the candidates should follow when applying for the MIREES programme.

Step 1 (only if the candidate does not hold the institutional user ID and password of the University of Bologna):

  • Connect to Studenti Online in order to receive the institutional user ID and password by clicking on “Se non sei ancora registrato vai qui”;
  • Register by providing all required information. Non-Italian students who do not hold an Italian Tax ID (codice fiscale) can click on “International students registration” and follow the instructions for the creation of institutional User ID and Password;
  • After your first access it is necessary to change the password. It is important to keep in mind one’s User ID and Password as they will be always requested to access the personal profile.

Step 2

  • Connect to Studenti Online by inserting your User ID and Password (see First step);
  • Click on “Entrance exams” button;
  • Select “Second cycle degree programme” and click “next”;
  • Select “Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe” and click “next”;
  • Download/print the application form;
  • Download/print the study programme proposal;
  • Attach the following documents in pdf format to the on-line application:
  1. Completed application form, including a motivation letter;
  2. Completed study programme proposal;
  3. Graduation certificate and list of exams passed with respective results;
  4. Detailed English-written curriculum vitae ac studiorum (CV);
  5. English language attestation of at least B2 level. Applicants must upload one of the following certificates: TOEFL – computer-based – of at least 213 points; TOEFL – paper-based – of at least 550 points; TOEFL – Internet-based – of at least 79 points; IELTS – of at least 6.0 points; FCE – B; B2 level certificate in English released by a University Language Centre (or the candidate’s self-certification, in case of attestations obtained from Italian State Universities);
  6. Two letters of introduction written in English by academics or, if the applicant belongs to an institution, by the institution’s managers;
  7. Copy of a valid ID or passport, printed on both sides;
  8. Copy of a valid permit of stay, in case the candidate already has it (for NON-EU citizens).

The deadline to apply is 18 May 2015. Please, before applying read carefully the MIREES Call for Applications and check the official web-site. If you have any further questions, please contact:

Ms Elisa Landi

Degree programme secretariat
tel.: +39.0543.374149

Ms Sanja Kajinic, PhD
Mirees Academic tutor

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