The Global Campus South East Europe invites all interested candidates to apply for the 24th edition of the European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA).

Admission: June 10 – September 16 2024

ERMA is a one-year interdisciplinary Master’s programme coordinated by the University of Sarajevo (UNSA), Professor Zdravko Grebo Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) and the University of Bologna (UNIBO), Department of Political and Social Sciences. The Programme awards students with 60 ECTS and a double-degree diploma from both founding universities. It is a part of the Global Campus of Human Rights (GCHR), a unique network of over 100 universities, seeking to advance human rights and democracy through regional and global cooperation. Programme is co-funded by the European Union.

Our programme is intended for students passionate about democracy, human rights, and social justice who wish to combine theory with practical and field research experience together with mobility around the SEE region and Italy. ERMA fosters an interdisciplinary approach, and the curriculum contains 6 core courses: Foundations of Human Rights; Nationalism, Identity and Conflict; Democratisation and EU Integration; International Human Rights Norms and Standards; Mechanisms of Human Rights Protection and Implementation as well as Research Methodologies. Courses explore a range of contemporary issues, from gender equality, de-democratisation, climate change and environmental rights to migration and children’s rights in SEE. 

Up to 28 students will be selected from the following target groups:

  • Target group I (22 places): Citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and citizens of Kosovo* (*who hold a passport of a country recognized by BiH). 
  • Target group II (3 places): Citizens of the European Union countries and Azerbaijan
  • Target group III (3 places): Citizens of other countries as self-funded students. 



The previous university degree of the applicants must be earned during studies lasting either 4 or 5 years (3+2) with a minimum of 240 ECTS. Candidates must hold a university degree in social sciences or humanities from an accredited university. 


Candidates have to provide evidence of English language proficiency. The Programme recognizes the following international English Language certificates:

  1. TOEFL – minimum 560 paper-based, 220 computer-based, 83 IBT;
  2. IELTS – minimum band 6.5, no less than 6.0 in any of its subsections;
  3. Cambridge C1 (former CAE) and C2 (former CPE) exams.
  4. Duolingo test certificate – minimum 115

Applicants with English as a native language, a university diploma in English language and literature, and those who had previous university education in the English language are exempt from providing a separate proficiency certificate. Such candidates submit transcripts or certificates issued by their respective universities. 


TG I: 200€

TG II: 2.000€ (two installments)

TG III: 2.000€ (two installments) +  2700 € (costs of Term III lodging in Italy)


All TGI and TGII students receive a study grant of 5.400€ gross, covering basic living costs in Sarajevo, paid in several installments. They also get up to 1.500€ travel and other reimbursements, and have the costs of lodging and dining for one month in Italy covered.

TGIII students, citizens of countries other than SEE, EU and Azarbaijan, are self-funded. Depending on the number and the quality of applications, the Programme reserves the right to offer several self-funded places to TG II candidates. 


Application documents must be in the English language. When the original is in a language other than English, a translation by an official service (verified with a stamp) or your university/college must be provided, together with a scan of the original document. Please make sure that scans of any certified copy include pages with an official certification stamp.

  1. University diploma (both BA and MA where applicable)
  2. Academic records/transcripts (both BA and MA where applicable)
  3. English language certificate      
  4. Citizenship certificate      
  5. Birth certificate  
  6. Passport photocopy (page with personal data and expiry date only)    

Note: Scans of certified copies must include pages with the certification stamp. Late and incomplete applications will not be included in the selection process.  


STEP 1: Check eligibility based on the Requirements in this CfA and consult the FAQ.

STEP 2: Collect all the required documents and prepare the electronic versions.

STEP 3: Fill out the online application on the link below and upload all the required documents (no larger than 10 MB) by September 16 2024. 



1.Selected students will be required to submit all the application documents in hardcopy to the Programme at the enrollment. 

2. All diplomas issued by universities from countries other than Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA and MA) need to be recognised by the University of Sarajevo. The students should start the diploma recognition process together with enrolment. 

3. Applying for a temporary residence permit within 90 days from entering Bosnia and Herzegovina is mandatory for all foreign students. For more information about the residence permit, please check www.sps.gov.ba




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