Call for Applications: European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe

22 June - 15 September 2023

Global Campus South East Europe (GCSEE) invites all interested in studying human rights and democratizationto apply for the 23rd edition of the European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA).

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. Its students have the benefit of studying in a highly international environment, attending lectures and workshops held by over 40 professors and experts from 11 partner universities and other partner organisations from SEE and EU. The programme is intended for students who wish to combine studies with practical and field research experience in human rights and democratization issues. Programme covers topics such as 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. Aside from attending lectures at the University of Sarajevo, students serve a 6 week paid internship and spend one month at the University of Bologna, Italy.

The Programme awards graduates with 60 ECTS and a double-degree diploma of both founding universities (UNSA and UNIBO). GCSEE is a part of the Global Campus of Human Rights, a unique network of over 100 universities, seeking to advance human rights and democracy through regional and global cooperation. The Programme is co-financed by the European Union. Thanks to its longstanding support, the programme offers 25+ scholarships and tuition fee waivers.

Since the year 2000, over 650 graduates have successfully graduated from ERMA programme. If you wish to be among them do not hesitate and APPLY by 15 September 2023!


Up to 36 students will be selected from the following target groups:

Target group I (25 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 (5 places): Citizens of the European Union countries, Azerbaijan, and the Russian Federation. 

Target group III (up to 6 places): Candidates from other countries.


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.   CAE and CPE Cambridge exams.

Applicants with 1. English as a native language, 2. a university diploma in English language and literature, and 3. those who had previous university education in the English language are exempt from providing a separate proficiency certificate. Such candidates shall submit transcripts or certificates issued by their respective universities. 


  • TG I:   No tuition fee. Enrolment costs 200€
  • TG II:  2.000€
  • TG III: 2.000€

Students from TGI (25) and TGII (5) receive the following financial support during their studies:

  • Study grants covering regular living costs (November to July) in the amount of 4.500€ gross. 
  • Reimbursements (travel, health insurance, diploma recognition, etc.) in the overall amount of 1.500€. 
  • Costs of lodging and dining (full board) covered by the programme during the term in Italy.   

Students of TG III are self-funded. These students are expected to cover all their living and travel expenses as well as the costs of Term III lodging in Italy (2100 Euros). The students are encouraged to secure funding through other sources. Depending on the number and the quality of applications, the Programme reserves the right to offer several self-funding places to TG II candidates.


The application documents must be either originals or certified copies in the English language. When the original document is not in the English language, a translation must be provided, together with the original document or its certified copy. The translation must be done by an official translation service (verified with a stamp) or your university/college.

  1. Application form 2023
  2. English language certificate       
  3. University diploma (both BA and MA where applicable)
  4. Academic records/transcripts (both BA and MA where applicable)
  5. Citizenship certificate 
  6. Birth certificate    

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


  1. Check the requirements carefully to evaluate your eligibility and consult the Frequently asked questions section on this website.
  2. Download and fill out the Application form 2023. 
  3. Collect all the required documents and prepare electronic versions.
  4. Access the ONLINE APPLICATION below, fill out all the required sections, and upload all the required application documents (no larger than 10 MB) by the 15 of September 2023

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