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Master of Arts
in European Studies


General Requirements

"Use the freedom you have in this master's degree (which is much less restricted than other studies) and use it for working part-time, trying out different directions in terms of study focuses and working experiences, don't be afraid of courses in English or French (they will be definately useful) and be curious enough to focus on a field or a region that no one seems to be interested in. We do not need thousands of people in Brussels with the same CVs, but rather experts with different backgrounds and personalities"
(Alumni, 2014)

The application procedure takes place once a year during the summer. The application deadline is on the 15th of July.

Up to five students from each university are selected every year.

Prospective students have to go through the regular enrollment procedures for the Master of European Studies as they are outlined on the Viadrina's central study portal. Please mark the box "Bewerbung um ein Doppelmasterprogramm". All procedures mentioned there, also apply for the double degree programme, the only difference being that additionally, a motivation letter and a CV in English are to be submitted. The motivation letter should outline clearly not only your interest in studying the MES, but also the double degree programme.

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General Requirements for Bilgi students

İstanbul Bilgi University Students have to send their application to İstanbul Bilgi University. To get more info about the application requirements please check Istanbul Bilgi University website.

Language Requirements

Students are required to have a good to very good command of English (UNIcert II or equivalent).

For Viadrina students, basic command of Turkish is an advantage, but not a requirement for the application.

All students are obliged to complete a Turkish language course during their stay in Istanbul which will count towards their grade (may be waived for native Turkish speakers).


Language Requirements for BİLGİ students

Viadrina University has an emphasis on multilingualism. Courses are offered mostly in German, but also in English, Polish and French. We therefore strongly recommend all Turkish applicants to demonstrate a basic to good command of German.

Further study of German is supported on-site: Turkish students have the possibility to attend a German courses during their stay at Viadrina free of charge at the Viadrina Sprachenzentrum.

It is possible for Bilgi students to succesfully complete the program without having any language proficiency other than English. But, if this is the case for you, please be aware of the fact that course selection opportunities will be very limited!

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Documents needed for an application:

  • Letter of Motivation (in English, outlining your academic interest and including classes you would be interested to take at Bilgi University)
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  • List of all the classes you have attended or are attending during your Bachelor degree (with mark where available) and, if you have already been enroled in the MES, the Master degree (with mark where available)
  • Copy of your B.A. diploma (notarized)
  • Proof of language skills (English and - if applicable - Turkish)


If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the coordinator Ruth Geiger.

For all your inquiries regarding the Program at BİLGİ, please contact the Program Coordinator:

Assist. Prof. Özge Onursal-Beşgül
Phone: +90 212 311 51 15
Fax: +90 212 257 87 48