Interdisciplinary MA Program on Eastern Europe (University of Bologna)
Dear colleague,

I would like to pass on information about the two-year Master of Arts in
Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) which
might be of interest for your students.

This programme is jointly offered by the *University of Bologna*, Italy
together with the *Vytautas Magnus University* at Kaunas, *Corvinus
University* of Budapest and *St Petersburg State University*. The
Universities of Ljubljana and Belgrade are associate partners that offer
additional mobility opportunities for students.
The Programme is taught entirely in English (120 ECTS). The MIREES students
will spend the first year in Forlì (one of the five campuses of the
University of Bologna), while in the second year a minimum of 6 months will
be spent at Partner Universities (including Ljubljana and Belgrade) and, in
particular cases, at other MIREES Associated Universities in the Balkans. A
mobility grant is offered to all enrolled students.

More detailed information on the teaching plan and the Faculty can be found
at our web site:
A video presentation realized by MIREES students is available at:

The next deadline for applications is *May 24th 2013*.

The programme is especially recommended for prospective PhD students. Our
best alumni are currently attending doctorate programmes at the *Central
European University of Budapest*, *University of Dublin*, *Harvard
University*, *University of Kent*, the *New School in New York*, *University
of Oxford*, *Saint Petersburg State University* and other prestigious
international academic institutions. Moreover, the programme is designed to
forge analysts, area experts, consultants and mediators, to meet the needs
of research institutes, the European Commission, international agencies,
voluntary organizations and NGO's, public administration, managers,
corporations and banks located in East-Central Europe and the Balkans or
promoting investments in these regions. Most of our alumni have found
employment precisely in these fields.

The MIREES programme offers specialized, in-depth knowledge of the
post-socialist countries in transition, the new EU member states, and the
new East-European neighbour countries to students with a BA in Economics,
Politics, International Relations, History, Languages (and Slavic languages
in particular), agricul tural studies and cultural studies generally.

The programme aims at developing language skills. MIREES offers courses in
Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Russian, Slovak, Lithuanian (Hungarian
is also available in the 2nd year), as well as Italian for foreigners as an
additional option. The curriculum is focused on Central, Eastern Europe and
the Balkans and includes interdisciplinary studies in economics, history,
media and international relations, politics and sociology. The
international dimension of the programme is enhanced through student
mobility abroad, through courses offered by an international faculty
composed of prominent scholars of international repute, and by a genuinely
international student body. In the previous cycles we enrolled students
from 32 countries including China, USA, Mexico, Russia, Georgia, Estonia,
Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Germany, United Kingdom,
Turkey, Albania, Poland, Armenia, Norway, Slovenia, Ukraine,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania,
Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Austria, France and, of course, Italy.

Therefore, I would be extremely grateful if you could encourage your BA
students to consider applying to our two-year Master programme and, at the
same time, if you could forward this message to your colleagues interested
in this part of the world.

Should you need further information, please feel free to contact the
Academic Tutor of the course ( or the Mirees
Secretariat (, phone

Thank you very much for your kind attention and cooperation.

Best regards,

Prof. Stefano Bianchini
Director, Master of Arts MIREES
Date: 2013-04-07