The Global Campus South East Europe – European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (GC SEE/ERMA), is a one year interdisciplinary Master’s programme coordinated by the University of Sarajevo (UNSA), Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) and the University of Bologna (UNIBO), Department of Political and Social Sciences. GC SEE/ERMA is a proud member of the Global Campus of Human Rights (GC), an interdisciplinary center of excellence supported by the EU and other partner institutions, whose main aim is to continually promote human rights and democratization through education, specialized training, and research cooperation worldwide. It has a broad network of academic partners within seven regional headquarters in Pretoria, Beirut, Bangkok, Yerevan, Buenos Aires, Sarajevo/Bologna and Venice. GC SEE/ERMA is co-financed by the European Union through the GC and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Italy to BiH. The Programme awards students with 60 ECTS and a double-degree diploma of both founding universities (UNSA and UNIBO).

GC SEE/ERMA is an academic educational Programme 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 an interdisciplinary approach. 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:  University of Bologna, Italy; University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; University of Banja Luka, 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, North Macedonia; and University of Pristina, Kosovo[1]. Students explore areas such as the philosophical foundations of human rights; principles of democracy; theories and issues of ethnicity, nationalism and religion; economic, social and cultural rights as well as the mechanisms for human rights protection and implementation.

All interested in studying human rights and democracy in South East Europe are hereby invited to apply for the 20th edition of the ERMA program.

DEADLINE        20 September 2020


Up to 36 students will be selected in the last week of September 2020, 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): students from other countries.




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


Candidates have to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. The Master 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 English language are exempted from providing a separate proficiency certificate. Such candidates shall submit transcripts or certificates issued by their respective universities.


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

  1. Study grants covering regular living costs (November to July) in the amount of 4.500€ gross.
  2. Costs of lodging and dining (full board) covered by the programme during the term in Italy
  3. Reimbursements (travel, health insurance, diploma recognition etc.) in the overall amount of 1.200€.

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 (3150 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.



TG I:   No tuition fee. Enrollment costs 200€.

TG II:  2.000€.

TG III: 2.000€.



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

  1. Application Form (download, fill out and upload in the online application tool)
  2. English language certificate  
  3. University diploma (or a graduation certificate)
  4. Academic records/transcript
  5. Citizenship certificate
  6. Birth certificate
  7. 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 considered.


HOW TO APPLY?       

To apply for the ERMA programme, you have to fill in the required personal data and upload all of the above-listed documents to the ONLINE APPLICATION TOOL by 20 of September 2020. Each document must not exceed 10 MB.

To access the online application please click below:



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

2.All diplomas issued by universities from countries other than Bosnia and Herzegovina need to be recognised by the University of Sarajevo. The students should start with the process at enrolment to the Programme.

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

For further information browse other ERMA related pages on our website or contact info@erma-programme.eu