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European Regional Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democracy in South East Europe (ERMA)

Short Facts

Academic degree: Double degree by the University of Bologna and by the University of Sarajevo

Duration: 1 year

Workload: 60 ECTS-Credits

Working language: English

Tuition fee: up to max. EUR 2.000.- (scholarships available, more infos here)


The European Regional Master's Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA) is a one year, full time, interdisciplinary programme. It is a joint initiative by the University of Sarajevo, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) and the University of Bologna. ERMA is co-financed by the European Union through the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy via the Embassy of the Republic of Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is implemented in Sarajevo and Bologna, thus students receive diplomas from both universities (UNSA and UNIBO). The programme awards 60 ECTS.

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 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 over 40 professors from 12 partner universities: University of Bologna, Italy; University of Sarajevo, 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, Macedonia; Higher School of Economics - National Research University, Moscow, Russia; and University of Pristina, Kosovo; and University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Aims and Objectives

The Master programme promotes the development and realization of young professionals for state management, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, for academia and think tanks in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as countries belonging to the EU, the rest of Europe, and worldwide.

ERMA is part of the EU's 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. This global network is promoted through ERMA and six other Regional programmes, which are based in Venice for Europe, in Yerevan for the Caucasus, in Pretoria for Africa, in Bangkok for Asia-Pacific, in Buenos Aires for Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Beirut for the Arab World.

International Partners

Programme Coordination

The following universities coordinate the Master's Programme, and confer a double degree:

Partner Universities

The academic consortium is composed of the following universities:

How to apply

  1. Candidates should fill out the PRE-APPLICATION FORM (link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSen2IUicxE_5-UbUIRsbQXN3ohIJ7XsEz3dM1CZrlEIxyxniw/viewform)
  2. Subsequently, candidates should 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 by 10th of September 2018 

Webpage: www.erma-programme.eu

Facebook page: ERMA Programme


Participating Teaching Staff - University of Graz
Institute of International Law and International Relations Universitätsstraße 15/A4, 8010 Graz
Univ.-Prof. Mag.rer.soc.oec. Dr.iur. Wolfgang Benedek Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 3411

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