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Master of Arts
in European Studies

The BİLGİ/Viadrina Double Degree

"Within my master's degree in European Studies I wanted to put a focus on German-Turkish relations and also study Europe from a perspective of a non-member state. İstanbul Bilgi University is one of the most liberal and reputable universities in Istanbul that would allow critical approaches and studies. The alternative would have been two Erasmus semesters. I consider the double degree as a more serious, more international and more reputable stay abroad than an Erasmus stay. Also being a DAAD Alumni has advantages. Of course, it is also important to receive the DAAD scholarship which is much higher than Erasmus."
(Alumni, 2014)

"The BİLGİ / Viadrina Double Degree in European Studies" is a joint program between the Graduate School of Social Sciences of Istanbul Bilgi University, İstanbul (Turkey), and the the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences of European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany).

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Since 2007 the double degree program has given students the possibility to deepen their knowledge on the South-Eastern dimensions of Europe, especially Turkey, within a distinctive focus on EU-Turkey relations. Participants spend two semesters at the partner university (usually the third and fourth semester) and are closely connected to the European Studies departments at the partner university.

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The majority of courses at BILGI are held in English while, with its emphasis on multilingualism, Viadrina offers courses mainly in German, but also in English, French and Polish. The Master thesis will be written under co-supervision, with one supervisor from Viadrina and one from BİLGİ.

Having fulfilled these joint requirements, students will be awarded a “Master of Arts in European Studies” from both universities.