Admission Masters Programme European Union Studies

The Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies (SCEUS) offers a limited number of study places in its MA in European Union Studies track each year. Interested students should follow a three-step process to apply:

Step 1: Requirements and Application

During the application process, applicants must provide documents and credentials to prove that they meet the requirements to apply for this programme. All necessary documents should be sent via e-mail to admissions.sceus(at)sbg.ac.at in one pdf file before the deadline given below. It is essential that applications are submitted in time and that all the required documents are included! Documents may be submitted in English or German. For other languages, certified translations should be provided.

Applications should include:

  • 1)      A personal statement (ca. 500 words) explaining (i) your general interest in studying EU studies, (ii) a self-assessment why you think you are qualified to do so, and (iii) your (job) expectations related to studying European Union Studies at the University of Salzburg.
  • 2)      A curriculum vitae (CV), listing your postal and email address(es), your educational history, your language skills, and any relevant academic accomplishments. Please check your email address regularly as it will be the only means of communication used to inform you about the status of your application.
  • 3)      Proof of completion of or enrollment in a Bachelor programme or other equivalent degree programme (worth at least 180 ECTS credits) at a recognized Austrian or foreign postsecondary institution. No specific discipline is formally required. You should note, however, that the Master Programme is based on three core disciplines: political science, economics and law. Prospective students are expected to be familiar with the general methodological approaches of at least one of these disciplines or, failing that, to demonstrate a willingness and ability to acquire these skills within a short period of time prior to or within the first months of their studies. Please indicate in your personal statement why you deem yourself competent to do so. Students that do not yet hold a bachelor diploma are eligible to apply, conditional upon completion of their programme prior to September 1st (special deadlines may apply for EU/EEA nationals). Please provide a full list of all your exams missing and a timetable of when you intend to pass them.
  • 4)      A complete list of the courses you have taken at the bachelor’s degree level, including the titles of courses, the grades obtained in those courses, and, if it might be unclear, information on the grading system (e.g. conversion information to the Austrian 1-5 grading scale). An official transcript will have to be submitted before admission is formally granted.
  •  5)      Language proficiency:
    •  a.       Please provide a certificate of a B2 or higher level qualification in English (for those whose native language is not English), preferably by providing one of the following certificates: TOEFL 100, IELTS 7.0, TOEIC 800, Cambridge English: CAE (Certificate of Advanced English), CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) or BEC Higher (Business English Certificate Higher), UNIcert III;
    •  b.      OR Evidence of completion or near-completion of a full Bachelor's programme conducted at least partly in English (university confirmation required)
    • c.       OR Evidence of completion or near-completion of a full Master's programme conducted at least party in English (university confirmation required) 
    • d.      OR A certificate from a university language department or other educational institution confirming the applicant has achieved level B2 or above according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The certificate has to prove that one or more tests to assess your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills were taken. These skills should correspond to level B2 or higher according to the CEFR. If you are not sure whether your language certificate fulfils these criteria, please submit one of the standardized tests mentioned above. For applicants with an educational history in Austria proof of English language proficiency in your “Maturazeugnis” or equivalent will be admissible.
    • e.      OR a self-assessment. Should you not be in a position to provide any of the documents above, please indicate your reasons for not doing so and give a detailed self-assessment of your language skills and why you deem them equivalent to the level required. Please note that your self-assessment will be subject to thorough scrutiny and should be used in exceptional cases only. Applicants are strongly advised to hand in any of the documents above rather than submit a self-assessment
  •  6)      If available: A short example of academic writing in English, (between 1,000 (min) and 8,000words (max)), e.g. a seminar paper or a short handout on a presentation on any given subject dealt with in your previous studies. Please note: You are not expected to draft such a paper for the sole purpose of your application. Please hand in an existing paper you are proud of and deem relevant to prove your intellectual and language skills.

Step 2: Selection Procedure

After the application deadline has passed, all applications will be considered by the SCEUS and feedback will be provided in the course of two weeks. Key criteria for selection are, besides the formal requirements, inter alia, your proven interest and motivation to study European Union studies, high-level language skills and familiarity with the general methodological approaches of the core disciplines of the programme or a strong willingness and ability to acquire these skills within a short period of time.

If assessors approve your application to the programme, you will be offered a study place and may proceed with step 3 (Formal Admission). This offer is valid for the study year of admission only.

In case you are not offered a study place, you are still welcome to apply again at a late date.

Step 3: Formal Admission

Once you’ve successfully completed the application process at the SCEUS, you need to finalize your admission to Salzburg University in person at the Admissions Department. This enrolment process requires you to keep to deadlines and hand in documents in addition to the ones you may have submitted for application previously.

Please note that you need pass both procedures (Application and Formal Admission) in order to be able to start your studies! Your admission need to be confirmed until the beginning of October, when the semester starts. It is important for students from non-EU countries especially to note that the formal admission takes quite some time, so make sure to be as early as possible when applying!

Here you can find all the essential information, such as admission periods, opening hours, required documents, etc.

Next Application Deadline: June 15th

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