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:

  • Application Process at the SCEUS (students apply at the SCEUS)
  • Selection Procedure at the SCEUS (applications are assessed at the SCEUS and students are informed whether or not they are offered a study place)
  • Formal Admission at the Admission department (student who have been offered a study place from the SCEUS approach the Admission department and undergo the formal enrolment procedure)

Feel free to apply anytime!

In order to ensure that you can meet the formal deadline in case of a positive assessment of your application, it is necessary to submit your application to us (admissions.sceus@sbg.ac.at) by July 1st (third-country-nationals) / by September 1st (EU citizens) at the latest.

In case of a successful application, you start studying EUS in the upcoming winter term 2020.

Unfortunately, applications that are submitted after the given dates cannot be taken into account for a start in the upcoming semester - they will be considered in the application process for the following academic year (which starts in October 2021).

Step 1: Application at the SCEUS: Requirements and Process

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. 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  Language proficiency:
    • Please provide a certificate of a C1 or higher level qualification in English (for those whose native language is not English), by providing one of the following certificates: TOEFL IBT (Skala 0-120): ≥ 95; IELTS Academic (Skala 1-9): ≥ 6,5; PTE Academic (Skala 10-90): ≥ 76; Cambridge Exams (Skala 0-230): C1 Advanced (=CAE): A, B, C or Cambridge English Scale Score ≥ 180   
    • OR Evidence of completion of a full Bachelor's programme (at least 4 semesters) conducted in English (university confirmation required)
    • OR Evidence of completion of a full Master's programme (at least 4 semesters) conducted in English (university confirmation required) 
    • OR a certificate from the language department at the University of Salzburg: Advanced English III: (at least) Good or Advanced English IV: passed
  • 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

Your application will be evaluated by the SCEUS and feedback will be provided in the course of 2-3 weeks after submission of your documents. 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 have to approach the Admission Department to proceed with step 3 (Formal Admission). Please note that there is a formal application deadline! Find more information on the website of the Admissions Department.

In order to ensure that you can meet the formal deadline in case of a positive assessment of your application, it is necessary to submit your application to us (admissions.sceus@sbg.ac.at) by July 1st (third-country-nationals) / by September 1st (EU citizens) at the latest

A positive assessment of your application 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.

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. You have to do the self-assessment on their website and initiate and pass the procedure as explained.

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

This enrolment process requires you to hand in documents in addition to the ones you may have submitted for application previously!

Please note that there are strict requirements and deadlines for handing in the documents!

It is especially important for students from non-EU countries to note that the formal admission takes quite some time, so make sure to be as early as possible when applying!

Your admission needs to be confirmed until the beginning of October, when the semester starts.

Please note that Application and Formal Admission are separate procedures at separate departments and you need to initiate and pass both procedures at both departments (SCEUS and Admission Department) in order to be able to start your studies!

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