Banner Viadrina

Master of Arts
in European Studies

AMU Poznan

Studentinnen auf der Campuswiese der Viadrina ©Heide Fest

The double master's program in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU), Poznan, Poland has been offered for almost twenty years by the MES (Master in European Studies) of the European University Viadrina (EUV) and the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at the AMU.

The program allows students to study at both universities while receiving two degrees. At Viadrina you study European Studies, in Poznan you can choose between Political Science and International Relations.

The seminar language at Viadrina is mainly German, but also English, French and Polish. In Poznan, the courses are held mainly in Polish, in some cases in English.

So far, the double master's program has registered over 170 graduates.

The program is not only multilingual, multicultural and multidisciplinary, but is unconventional and extraordinary in its spirit, construction and implementation. It is addressed to students who are open-minded, flexible and eager to face academic challenges in order to benefit from two cultures, university systems and (even more) academic disciplines.


Please apply for the Master in European Studies through the regular online procedure and tick in the application portal that you are applying for a double degree program at the same time. In addition to the usual documents, you must enclose a letter of motivation and a CV in English with your application, and be able to prove knowledge of Polish. The actual enrolment at AMU (and the beginning of formal studies at AMU) will not take place until your 3rd semester, i.e. in August/September of the second academic year. Until then, you will study the MES at Viadrina on the German side. Students make final decision about participating in the double master program at the end of the 2nd semester of their studies at Viadrina.

Admission requirements

You must fulfil the following admission requirements for the Polish double master's program:

Mastery of the Polish language at study ability level (at least B2 as required from students going to Poznań in the academic year 2023/24), followed by obligatory participation in the Polish language course for foreigners when studying in Poznań. You must be able to follow Polish lectures in Poznan and express yourself orally and in writing in Polish. Polish language skills must be confirmed by the time you enroll at AMU in August of that year. You must choose between Political Science or International Relations and decide on one of the currently available specializations within the selected program. The required documents must be prepared by the time of enrolment at AMU, usually in August of that year. Every year the AMU informs about current requirements in the late springtime.

As a student of the double master programme

  • you are enrolled at the EUV and at the AMU and are subject to all rights (scholarships, student benefits, right to a place in a student hall of residence, stays abroad, etc.) and obligations (examination regulations) applicable at both universities

  • you fulfil the study programs in the department:
      • Political Science or International Relations, as determined by the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at UAM; and Master of European Studies at Viadrina University

  • you spend at least two semesters at the EUV and at least two semesters at the AMU during your studies;

  • you commit to earning at least 120 ECTS credits, at least 60 ECTS credits at each partner university. The universities mutually recognize ECTS points and certificates acquired during the stay at the respective university following individual decisions taken by respective decision makers at both universities.

  • you write a Master's thesis in Polish, German or English in "Co-Tutelle" (depending on student’s choice and availability of reviewers fluent in the listed languages). This means that one of your Master's supervisors must be from the AMU, the other from the EUV. Further procedural details must be in line with both universities regulations. You will give an oral defense of your Master's thesis in front of a joint German-Polish examination board.

  • you will receive two titles and degrees at the end of your successfully completed studies:

      1. the academic degree of Master of Political Science or Master of International Relations from AMU;

      2. the academic degree of Master of Arts (MA) in European Studies from the EUV.

Viadrina does not charge tuition fees. What all students pay is a semester contribution. Although this must be paid upon enrolment or re-registration, it is not an amount for the Viadrina, but is passed on in full to the Studentenwerk or the AStA.

Studying at the AMU is also free of charge for the EU member states citizens. Fees for non-EU citizens will be announced in springtime before the beginning of the academic year. All students only have to pay the usual administrative fees at the AMU, e.g. for the issuing of the student ID card or the repetition of seminars in case of failed exams.

The MES students from the European University Viadrina begin their studies in Frankfurt (Oder). They spend the third and fourth semesters (winter and summer semesters of the second study year) in Poznan at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of the AMU.

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