Program Details


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. Its aim is the development of democracy and human rights in South East Europe. It is a joint initiative by the University of Sarajevo (UNSA), Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the University of Bologna (UNIBO), Department of Political and Social Sciences. GC SEE/ERMA is co-financed by the European Union through the Global Campus of Human Rights. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, via the Italian Cooperation Agency (AICS), also kindly supported the program implementation for the past 20 years.  The Programme awards students with 60 ECTS and a double-degree diploma of both founding universities (UNSA and UNIBO).

GC SEE/ERMA is 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, the program fosters strong 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  around 40  lecturers  from  11 partner universities: University of Bologna, University of Sarajevo, University of Banja Luka, University of Belgrade, Karl Franzens University of  Graz, University of the Ruhr, University of Peloponnese, University of Zagreb, New Bulgarian University, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, and University of Pristina, as well as other partners from the Global Campus of Human rights network.

GC SEE/ERMA is a part of the EU funded Global Campus of Human Rights, a unique network of more than one hundred participating universities around the world, seeking to advance human rights and democracy through regional and global cooperation for education and research. It provides our students and Alumni with several unique opportunities for advancing research and publishing skills such as the Global Classroom, a week-long conference which brings together students and professors from all regional hubs to present their research on a topic of common interest and GC Human Rights Journal (GC HRJ), a peer-reviewed bi-annual publication serving as a forum for rigorous scholarly analysis critical commentaries, and reports on recent developments pertaining to human rights and democratization globally as well as the GC Internship stipend for the most successful students for 6 months after the graduation, boosting their employability.


The GC SEE/ERMA Programme is a highly intensive one-year master, implemented from November until the end of October. To obtain the degree, students are required to attend and actively participate in all of the academic and practical activities. It consists of two semesters, divided into three terms.


The TERM I takes place at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo from November to mid-June. Students are taught by ERMA academic tutors and lecturers from the 12 participating universities, as well as experts from IGOs and NGOs. The term is structured in six educational clusters and three elective courses, together awarding 30 ECTS. The structure of the lectures and the research dimension are shaped in such a way to emphasize a shared consciousness among students about democratic development and human rights promotion, as well as their protection and implementation in the SEE region. Alongside the lectures, students visit state institutions, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs active in the field of human rights and democracy in Sarajevo and other cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as Mostar and Srebrenica.






The Second Term is designated for students to acquire working experience in the field of human rights and democracy throughout the SEE, boosting their mobility and international experience, and most importantly, conducting their research and data gathering related to the MA thesis topic. In this framework, from mid-June to end of July, students take up six-week internships at selected  IGOs,  NGOs,  think-tanks, and research institutes across the region. Over the years more than 100 partner organizations from Albania, Bosnia and  Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and  Slovenia hosted and trained our students as their interns. The internship awards 10 ECTS.


ERMA students spend the Third Term of the Programme in September at the University of Bologna (UNIBO), one of the 200 top universities in the world, and the leading university in Europe for international mobility. At the place of residence in Italy the students are provided with study rooms, computer labs, library facilities and access to the University of Bologna student services.

During this time students focus on the finalization of their Master’s Theses, attend short seminars and lectures, enjoy living together, and also travel around Italy for short excursions and field visits. For 4 weeks students are accommodated at the Bologna`s University Residential Center of Bertinoro (CEUB). This term is compulsory and awards 20 ECTS. The University of Bologna Residential Centre is located in the picturesque medieval town of Bertinoro, Emilia-Romagna, rich in history and popular traditions, situated in Central Italy.


ERMA students have courses on scientific research and academic writing throughout the Term I in Sarajevo,  preparing them for conducting research and MA theses writing in the field of human rights and the democracy in the SEE region. To gain a deeper understanding of the regional dimensions of issues connected to human rights and democratization, students are strongly encouraged to write the MA thesis on countries other than those of their citizenship and to do comparative studies on the countries of the SEE region.

Throughout the Term, students are assisted in their academic development by the academic tutors of the program, selected and employed among the most successful graduates, and alumni of the programme. They organize consultations, workshops, study visits, and field trips and work with students individually, from the inception of their research projects until the thesis submission and Thesis defense.

By the end of May, students are required to submit a thesis proposal to potential supervisors for approval, after which the Executive Board of the Programme approves the topics and the supervisors. Also by the end of May students have to finish the process of finding the internship organizations and agreeing on their internship placement during the field research period. 

The Executive Board, on the basis of student applications and Faculty availability, approves the dissertation topic, the internship choice and the supervisor for each student. Eligible supervisors are professors’ members of the Programme from partner universities. ERMA’s students are required to finalize a master’s thesis on the current issues related to human rights and democratic development in the SEE region by mid-October. 


After successfully finalizing their research and thesis writing, students regain in Sarajevo to defend their MA Theses and finally after a successful defense celebrate the finalization of the Programme during the Graduation Ceremony at the Rectorate of the University of Sarajevo.



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