The Call for Applications for The European Regional MA Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in SEE was open between the 8th of June and the 10th of September 2018.

The International Academic Council of the Programme from the 11 partner universities met on the 15th of September in the premises of the University of Bologna’s Residential Centre in Bertinoro and decided upon candidates who will form the 18th ERMA Generation in the a.y. 2018/19. We are pleased to announce the list of the selected candidates below and congratulate them. All further information shall be communicated to all applicants in the upcoming days.



The Global Campus South East Europe – European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (GC SEE/ERMA) is a one year, full time, interdisciplinary programme, lasting from November until October. It is a joint initiative by the University of Sarajevo, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) and the University of Bologna. GC SEE/ERMA is co-financed by the European Union as part of the Global Campus of Human Rights managed by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, via the Italian Cooperation Agency (AICS). It is implemented in Sarajevo and at the University of Bologna’s Residencial Center in Bertinoro (CEUB), thus students receive diplomas from both coordinating universities. The programme awards 60 ECTS.

GC SEE/ERMA is an academic educational activity intended for students who wish to combine studies with practical and field research experience in human rights and democratization issues.  Recognizing that human rights are a crosscutting theme among different disciplines of study, such as political science, social sciences, law, sociology, and philosophy, ERMA fosters an interdisciplinary approach. Enrolled students have the benefit of studying in a highly international environment together with colleagues from all over the region, European Union and rest of the world, attending lectures and workshops held by over 37 professors and experts from 12 partner universities:  University of Bologna, Italy;  University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, University of Belgrade, Serbia; Karl Franzens University of  Graz, Austria; University of the Ruhr, Germany; University of Peloponnese, Greece; University of Zagreb, Croatia; New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, FYR Macedonia; Higher School of Economics – National Research University, Moscow, Russian Federation; and the University of Pristina, Kosovo[1].

DEADLINE 10 September 2018


36 students will be selected, in the second half of September 2018, from the following target groups:

  • Target group I (25 places): Citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and citizens of Kosovo-holders of passports of countries recognized by BiH.
  • Target group II (5 places): Citizens of the European Union countries, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Russian Federation.
  • Target group III (6 places): Citizens of other countries.


All students from TGI and TGII get:

  1. Study grants covering regular living costs (November to July) in the amount of 4.500€ gross.
  2. Costs of lodging and dining (full board) covered by the programme during the term three period in Italy
  3. Reimbursements (travel, health etc.) in the overall amount of 1.200€.

Students of TG III cover their living and travel expenses and the costs of term three in the amount of 3.150€.


TG I:   No tuition fee. Enrollment costs 200€.

TG II:  2.000€.

TG III: 2.000€.



The university degree of the applicants must be earned during studies lasting either 4 or 5 years within the former undergraduate studies provisions, or 5 years (3+2) within I and II cycle studies provisions in accordance with the Bologna process with a minimum of 240 ECTS earned. Candidates must hold a university degree in social sciences and humanities, from an accredited university, particularly in disciplines relevant to human rights: law, political sciences, international relations, etc.


Applicants with English as a native language, those who studied English Language and Literature, and those who had a previous university education in the English language will provide competency through their transcripts or certificates issued by the respectful universities only. Others have to provide evidence of their proficiency. The Master Programme recognizes the following international English Language certificates:

  1. TOEFL – minimum score of 560 paper-based, 220 computer-based, IBT not less than 83;
  2. British Council’s IELTS – minimum band 6.5 and no less than 6.0 in any of its subsections;
  3. CAE and CPE Cambridge exams.


1. Fill out the:


2. Deliver all required documents in hard copies to the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo via regular/express/priority mail or in person.

(Address: Zmaja od Bosne 8, UNSA Campus, 71 000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Both steps have to be finalized by the 10th of September 2018.

NB: Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.


All documents must be submitted in the English language.  Only originals (in English) or certified copies and translations will be considered valid. Translation to the English language of all documents issued in other languages must be provided by an official translation service / Court translator or your university/college.

  1. ERMA APPLICATION FORM 2018-19  ( download, print out the hard copy and fill  it out )
  2. University diploma    – certified copy and translation
  3. Academic records / transcript – original or a certified copy and translation
  4. Citizenship certificate    – original or a certified copy and translation
  5. Birth certificate    – original or a certified copy and translation
  6. Passport photocopy   – pages with personal info and expiry date of the document
  7. Curriculum Vitae (CV)                – European format (Europass)
  8. Two recommendation letters    – with stamp/signature, contact details clearly indicated
  9. English language certificate    – original or a certified copy


  1. All diplomas issued by universities from countries other than Bosnia and Herzegovina need to be recognized at the respective faculties/departments of the University of Sarajevo. The process should be started at the moment of acceptance to the Programme at the latest.
  2. Obtaining a temporary residence permit within 90 days from entering Bosnia and Herzegovina is obligatory for all foreign students.

For further information, please see the documents below:

1. ERMA Call for Application 2018-19


3. FAQ_ERMA CfA 2018-19


Contact info@erma-programme.eu

[1] This designation is without prejudice to positions on the status and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.