Master of Arts in Black Sea Cultural Studies

Applications are now open for the Master of Arts in Black Sea Cultural Studies at the School of Humanities of the International Hellenic University, Greece. The next intake - October 2012.   


Entry requirements 

To be considered for an MA programme, candidates are required to have: a good university degree (original transcripts) from a recognised University; proof of English competence (proficiency, recently acquired IELTS or TOEFL); two academic references; a personal interview may be required.

    When to apply

    IHU operates on a rolling admissions basis. This means that candidates apply for and are admitted to our programmes all year round. We suggest, however, that you apply as early as possible to ensure a quick response and place availability. We aim to provide decisions within two weeks of your submitting a complete application. Please ensure that you complete the application form fully and submit all your supporting documents for us to make an informed decision.
    Application checklist  
    To apply for an MA programme, you will need to provide the following documents:
    • a completed application form, including personal statement (500 words)
    • a certified copy of your degree certificate, and transcripts detailing the courses studied and grades attained
    • two academic references: Both referees should have direct knowledge of your suitability for IHU MA study
    • two recent passport-size photographs
    • your English certificate or TOEFL/IELTS score report
    • your CV (resume)
    Applying by post

    Please download the forms below and return them together with your documents to the following address:
    International Hellenic University
    School of Humanities Admissions Office
    14 km Thessaloniki-Moudania
    57001 Thermi

    Apply for a scholarship
    The IHU offers a number of scholarships for the MA in Black Sea Cultural Studies programme, covering a significant proportion of the programme fees.

    These scholarships are competitive. Award criteria include the quality of the first degree, the undergraduate grades of the candidate, his/her command of the English language and overall profile.
    Candidates for scholarships should submit their scholarship request following the receipt of their acceptance letter from IHU.

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    CEU Degree Programs and Scholarships 2012-2013

    The world-known Central European University invites applications for its 2012-2013 degree programs. Located in one of Europe's most elegant capital cities, Budapest, accredited in both the USA and Europe, CEU offers a uniquely international atmosphere of academic excellence, critical reflection, and social engagement. CEU students come from over 100 countries of five continents, our faculty - from 30 countries. There is no predominant national majority. This uniquely international atmosphere is one of the most appealing aspects of our student life. Any CEU graduate has an international network of personal and professional contacts enhancing their lives and careers.

    CEU and all its degree programs are registered and accredited in the US. The University and an increasing number of its programs are also accredited in Hungary. In addition, several CEU degrees are awarded jointly with other leading European universities. Thus, CEU education is globally recognized and highly valued opening unique career prospects for its graduates all over the world.

    CEU welcomes applications from excellent candidates all over the world. The university’s admissions policy and criteria are set by its Senate in accordance with international practice. Candidates may simultaneously apply to two departments and to any number of degree programs within those selected departments. In order to continue attracting outstanding students regardless of their financial situation CEU offers an extensive range of financial aid packages. CEU follows non-discrimination policy in its admission process and in awarding financial aid.

    Both Master’s and Doctoral students are eligible for financial aid. Most doctoral students are awarded with fee waivers and three-year stipends of 8,500 Euro/year. 15% of our Master’s students pay no fees and receive stipends of 5800 Euro/year; 51% pay no fees and receive stipends of 3,800 Euro/year; and 11% are granted fee waivers. Also, 20% of students receive external scholarships, from such sources as the Erasmus Mundus program, as well as alumni, private, corporate, and governmental donations.
    In addition, CEU is committed to rewarding academic excellence through our research grants and achievement awards.
    CEU rewards financial aid primarily on the basis of academic merit. Decisions on financial aid may also take into account priorities connected to the university mission as well as documented financial need.

    Key admission dates 

    • January 25, 2012, 24:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST): application deadline for degree programs (exceptions are listed below.)
    • February 11, 2012: CEU-administered institutional TOEFL test and department-specific examinations.
    • After March 20, 2012: The admissions decisions are made available to candidates via the online application system.  


    • January 4, 2012, 24:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST): 

    Application deadline for eligible applicants to MESPOM and Mundus MAPP applying for “Category A” or “Category B” scholarships. Applications must be submitted complete with proof of English proficiency. 

    • May 4, 2012, 24:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST):

    1. Application deadline for applicants to MESPOM  and Mundus MAPP  not applying for financial aid. Applications must be submitted complete with proof of English proficiency.
    2. Application deadline for applicants to the one-year MA program in Public Policy not applying for financial aid. Applications must be submitted complete with proof of English proficiency.

    NOTE: Different deadlines and procedures are applicable for the CEU Business School programs. For more information, visit: CEU Business School 

    Admissions Process

    The admissions process for Academic Year 2012/2013 is organized as follows:

    January 25, 2012: Applications are submitted to degree programs.

    Step 1: Pre-selection

    Applications are evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s academic performance, work experience, recommendations, and expectations of the program and future plans.

    Individual interviews may take place, face-to-face or by telephone, throughout the selection process.

    After February 3, 2012: Pre-selection decisions are made available via the online application system. Successful applicants having applied to take any CEU-administered admissions examinations are notified of the testing arrangements by email.

    Step 2: Testing

    February 11, 2012: The CEU-administered TOEFL examination takes place.

    February 11, 2012: Department-specific testing takes place:

    • Economics: Mathematics Test
    • Legal Studies: Legal Reasoning Test and Legal Essay
    • Mathematics: Mathematics examination
    • Medieval Studies: Supplementary examination
    • Political Science: Test of Writing Ability

    Applicants who pass the pre-selection and who wish/are required to sit any CEU-administered admissions tests will be notified of the practical arrangements by the local CEU coordinators organizing the tests.

    February 29, 2012: Standard English and other applicable test score reports must be received by the Admissions Office.

     Step 3: Final evaluation

    Applicants are evaluated by a departmental selection committee on the basis of past academic achievement, recommendations, English language competency, intellectual merit and general compatibility with the goals of the department.

    After March 20, 2012: The final admissions decisions are made available to candidates via the online application system.

    CEU does not provide information about candidates’ admission progress before the deadlines given here. Candidates’ information (including test results) is confidential and only available to the candidate concerned.
    Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

    1. Completed online CEU Application Form
    2. Letters of recommendation
    3. Academic records
    4. A full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
    5. Department- and program-specific requirements (statement of purpose, research proposal, additional test scores, etc.)
    6. Proof of English proficiency

    Read all information and download forms here:
    For all your enquiries about the admissions process, contact the following offices at CEU:

    Admissions Office

    Central European University
    Nador u. 15, 4th floor
    1051 Budapest, Hungary
    Phone: (+36-1) 327 3272
    Fax: (+36-1) 327 3211
    Email: admissions [at] ceu [dot] hu


    Zsuzsanna Jaszberenyi, Head, Admissions Services
    Phone: (+36-1) 327 3009, Email: admissions [at] ceu [dot] hu

    Andrea Horvath, Admissions Coordinator
    Phone: (+36-1) 327 3272, Email: admissions [at] ceu [dot] hu

    Gyongyi Kovacs, Admissions Coordinator
    Phone: (+36-1) 327 3208, Email: admissions [at] ceu [dot] hu

    Csaba Mezo, Admissions Coordinator
    Phone: (+36-1) 327 3210, Email: admissions [at] ceu [dot] hu

    Zsuzsanna Bukta, Admissions Assistant
    Phone: (+36-1) 327 3068, Email: admissions [at] ceu [dot] hu

    Learning Arabic Language and Culture in Morocco

    An Arabic Language and Culture session is a special activity that the Forum Communication des Cultures (FCC) organizes this year. The sessions will be held in Youssoufia/Rabat, Morocco.

    The objectives of this activity are:
    - Giving to people the opportunity to get basic knowledge about Arabic language and culture. That knowledge could be useful for him in their studies or in their daily life or in their travels in countries speaking this language.
    - Giving the opportunity to people to get in touch with the Moroccan culture and its way of life, and in consequences achieve a fruitful cultural exchange.
    - Giving the opportunity to people has some basic knowledge about this language to brush up it and be adapted to different ways to use it.
    - Trying to connect Volunteers with friends from abroad so as to correspond between them in English or Arabic as a tool to promote their international understaning and knowledge and establish new friendship.

    The courses are given by teachers’ members of FCC, who've got special training for this mission. Those teachers are flexible in managing those courses and are ready to cooperate with the participants so as to fulfil their expectations.

    13 hours of learning courses per week are envisaged (Monday to Friday, morning from 9.30 to 12.00). The curriculum includes Arabic Culture, Calligraphy, Arabic language courses, Pronounciation.

    At their arrival the participants will be given the FCC Arabic Language Guide.

    The intercultural exchange sessions that will be organised during the Arabic program is an occasion offered by FCC to all the participants so as to present, exchange and discuss together the knowledge they got from the families.

    The participants lodge and eat in families during the whole period. Staying with a family is a tool for FCC to give the occasion to the participants to use the Arabic language and also to discover the Moroccan way of life. All the participants are asked to respect the families’ environment and don’t behave against the local tradition; they are also asked to be sociable and are open mind so as to built good and fruitful communication with their members.

    Five periods are available, and the participant who would like to attend the following period will be welcomed. 
    1st Period: 05/01/2012-05/02/2012
    2nd Period: 05/02/2012-05/03/2012
    3rd Period: 05/03/2012-05/04/2012
    4th Period: 05/04/2012-05/05/2012
    5th Period: 05/05/2012-05/06/2012

    Registration Fees 20 EUR
    Extra fees: 100 EUR/month

    A candidate should send a motivation letter and the registration form (can de found here) to
    Participant has to show a strong motivation and discipline in learning a different culture and language.

    Deadline for application for the 1st session: 20/11/2011.

    For more information or details, please contact:

    More about the organization:

    U-Active Forum: Networking for Developing Youth Projects

    We are pleased to invite you to the first Forum of International Youth Projects, titled “U-Active: Networking for developing youth projects”. The Forum will take place on the 24-26 November, 2011 in Grodno, Belarus. The Forum intends to bring together interesting, initiative and active students all over Europe and let them exchange their ideas by providing informative sessions and learning opportunities with outstanding speakers who have a huge international project experience and a will to help us with idea and project generation.
    This is supposed to be the Forum where there will be a chance to establish contacts with young people, share experience, find partners for interesting project ideas and probably for future social and business projects. U-active Forum idea has been developed by a group of students studying in Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno and acting in Youth-In-Club, nonformal group of students interested in developing and participating in international projects. “U-active” has a triple meaning: “you active”, “active youth” and “active University”. We are proud to welcome our delegates from all over Europe, especially those coming from our partner universities.

    Important Dates
    3th November, 2011 - Registration deadline
    7th November, 2011 - Participant notification
    24th - 26th November, 2011 - Forum days
    Each participant has to register for the U-Active Forum. The deadline for registration is 3th November, 2011. Please fill in the Registration Form on-line carefully to provide us the relevant information (especially those who need visa to Belarus) and send us your short CV. There is a recruitment process for all applicants. All participants will be notified by e-mail until 7th November, 2011. The information about participants will be also published on the web-page.
    Registration Fee
    There is also a registration fee for participants of the U-Active Forum.
    Participants have to make a payment of:
    - 20 EUR: all participants
    - 70 000 BYR: Belarusian participants
    Donations from participants should be made on their arrival at the registration point. Donations in Euro are accepted equivalent to Belarusian rubles on the day of arrival.
    The registration fee includes:
    • participation in the Forum;
    • access to all the program sessions;
    • coffee breaks during sessions;
    • conference materials;
    • breakfasts, lunches and dinners throughout the Forum;
    • accommodation in the student's dormitories during the Forum;
    • cultural program.
    Who can participate?
    U-Active Forum intends to bring together interesting, initiative and active young people all over Europe and especially from partner universities. The Forum encourages the participation of both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    You can participate in the Forum if you:
    - have high motivation and active life style;
    - are a leader of a youth or student organization;
    - have some experience of youth projects realization;
    - would like to realize joint international projects;
    - would like to exchange your experience with Belarusian students;
    - have good knowledge of English (communicative level).
    Main requirements:
    - To fill in the registration form (on-line);
    - Provide a short CV (1 page).

    Contact Information
    tel.: +375 152 731 954, fax: +375 152 731 910

    Scholarship Competition for the European Master of Fine Art Photography 2012

    The IED Madrid School of Design is holding a scholarship competition for the European Master of Fine Art Photography. The competition is already open for participation and the deadline is November 24, 2011.

    At this point in time, the European Master of Fine Art Photography is the most ambitious proposal for training in artistic photography, and aspires to be a meeting point for artists and professionals to enrich this field in Spain. The academic program, offered in Spanish and English, focuses on the creation of an artistic project and relies on international artists and theorists among its faculty, such as Martin Parr, Elger Esser, Alejandro Castellote and Joan Fontcuberta.

    * One first prize for the amount of 9,000 €.
    * Two second prizes for the amount of 4,500 € each.

    Don’t wait until the last minute! Prepare all the necessary documentation as soon as possible to avoid any last minute inconveniences!

    Based on your location, internet provider and stability of your broad band frequency, you may encounter a series of conditions that have impeded people’s last-minute participation in previous competitions.

    Deadline: November 24, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. (Madrid time).

    START DATE: April 10, 2012

    Elena Velasco

    How to Pack for Studying Abroad

    You’ve done the research, put in the time, taken the tests, secured the scholarships, gotten your passport and you’re on your way out the door and across the pond to a foreign country to study abroad. It’s romantic and daring and you’re almost completely ready to go except for one small detail… one minor issue that you haven’t even begun to tackle: packing. How on earth do you pack for a trip that is months long without taking your entire closet? Have no fear; there are a few different tips to help you pack sensibly for your upcoming adventure, and it doesn’t include every pair of shoes you own. 

    1. Bring an extra bag
    It’s just silly to think that you won’t be buying things to bring back home with you. So, prepare ahead of time by bringing an extra bag with you so that you aren’t trying to cram all those trinkets you just had to have into the same bag you have to pack full of your clothes and shoes. Otherwise you’re going to have to make some important decisions about what to take home with you and what you can live without…

    2. Take enough clothing for a week
    Obviously you need the essentials: a couple pairs of jeans, shorts, shirts, socks, undies and jackets. You’ll need clothes for different types of weather, but that suede jacket or sequined dress can probably stay at home. Bring good walking shoes so that you can tour the city and a nice outfit for special occasions, but don’t go overboard and bring three pairs of nice shoes, three pairs of sandals, and three pairs of walking shoes… you’re not putting on a fashion show, you’re simply visiting another country.

    3. Medications
    Don’t leave home without these!! If there are any medications you regularly take make sure you bring them with you and that you have enough to last you the duration of your trip. You don’t want to be stuck in a situation where you need your medicine and can’t find it anywhere in the country.

    4. Choose your extras wisely
    There’s no point in bringing 15 different books with you unless you want to get in an upper body workout. By packing tons of books, movies, etc. you’re just adding a lot of unnecessary weight to your luggage and you probably won’t end up reading half of it – after all, you’re going to a foreign country to learn not to hole up in your room and read books. And don’t forget a camera and a journal of sorts to write down things you’ll want to remember!

    5. Toiletries
    While you should probably bring some toiletries with you, you don’t need to bring a supply that will last you the duration of your trip (unless, of course, you’re taking a very short trip). More than likely the country you’re going to temporarily live in will have some sort of toiletries you can purchase there and if they don’t you may want to rethink where you’re going… (kidding!)

    In short, just make sure you have what you need to survive, but don’t pack your entire life away. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times – less is more. And if you find you need more clothes or you forgot something, shopping is a great way to tour a new city!

    Author Bio:
    Kate Croston is a freelance writer, holds a bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She writes guest posts for different sites and loves contributing cheap internet service related topics. Questions or comments can be sent to: katecroston.croston09 @

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    University of Lausanne Master's Grants

    To facilitate access to Master’s degrees by students with qualifications from foreign universities, the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, makes available around ten Master’s grants which are awarded on a competitive basis. Please read below to learn more about the application process for 2012.

    Programmes concerned

    Candidates must choose a Master's programme from among those offered by the UNIL, except the Master of Medicine, Master of Arts in Public Management and Policy, Master of Arts in Sciences and Practices of Education. The grant may not be used for any complementary studies required to enroll on the Master’s degree and may not be used for EMBAs or Masters of Advanced studies.

    Amount and duration of the grant

    The amount of the grant is CHF 1,600.- per month from 15 September to 15 July, for a duration not exceeding the regulation minimum period of the programme (according to the programme, one-and-a-half years or two years subject to deduction for paid placements or exempt semesters, if any). Abandonment of the programme results in suspension of the grant.

    Required conditions

    • The candidate must be the holder of a degree from a foreign university.
    • The qualification held by the candidate must be deemed equivalent to the UNIL Bachelor’s degree.

    Selection procedure

    Candidates complete the "UNIL Master’s Grant" form and submit their application to the Office for socio-cultural affairs (SASC, Unicentre, University of Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, by 15 December 2011 at the latest. The application is examined by the University Rectorate to determine whether the candidate is admissible. In the event of a positive decision, the application is forwarded by the SASC to the UNIL Faculty responsible for the Master’s on which the candidate wishes to be enrolled. The Faculty selects applications and notifies the SASC of its opinion based on the candidate’s qualities, motivation and suitability for the Master’s programme. The SASC forwards shortlisted applications to the selection committee which will award grants to students meeting all criteria according to the available budget.
    Decisions are not open to appeal.

    Selection criteria

    The grants are intended more particularly for students who distinguished themselves in their university studies and who have difficulty meeting their financial needs for the duration of the Master’s. It is however necessary that the candidates have sufficient financial means to support themselves during the complementary studies that may be required prior to enroll on the Master’s degree.

    To read more and apply, please visit
    With all program-related questions, please address to

    Campus for Finance – New Year’s Conference 2012

    The next Campus for Finance – New Year’s Conference 2012 under the topic “Sustainable Finance – How to Benefit from Global Mega Trends?!” will be held on January 12-13, 2012 at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar (Koblenz, Germany).

    Application deadline: November 30, 2011. Students are supported with travel subsidies!

    Our aim is to bring together extraordinary people from economics, science, and politics with selected students from all over the world and support the exchange in a unique familiar atmosphere. So you can be excited about inspiring speeches, panel discussions and workshops, as well as extraordinary entrepreneurial talks.

    This year among others Rt. Hon. John Mayor (former Prime Minister United Kingdom), Prof. Sheridan Titman (President elect of the American Finance Association, Professor of the University of Texas at Austin) and Stephan Gemkow (CFO Deutsche Lufthansa AG) will enrich our conference.

    Thanks to our many sponsors we can give you the chance to meet company representatives in an intimate circle and network with them; either at the workshops or during the Career Fair.

    This year the following firms will support our conference: Aberdeen Asset Management, Barclays Capital, The Boston Consulting Group, CNC, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, European Founders Fund, HSBC Trinkaus, KPMG, Leonardo & Co, Morgan Stanley, Oliver Wyman, Rothschild, Waterland.

    Please refer to our website for further information and apply now!

    If you have any questions regarding the conference please feel free to contact us at

    We are looking forward to welcoming you to the “Campus for Finance – New Year’s Conference” at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

    The Commonwealth Realm

    The Commonwealth Realm

    Enjoy College: Stay Safe!

    Your parents have taught you the basic rules of being safe right? Or at least you have heard them somewhere. Always look both ways before you cross the street. Never get a ride from a stranger. These are rules that you probably grew up learning. But, now, as you are getting ready to go to college, or if you are already there, especially if you study abroad, there are some safety tips that you should abide by when in college. College is a great place to make friends that will last your whole life. There are also people that you may want to steer clear of. Because college is where a lot of people want to “experiment”, keep yourself safe. Avoid situations where you could possibly get hurt. You want to enjoy our college experience to the fullest, you don't want it to be marred by placing yourself in a compromising position.

    These are basic safety tips, but will really help keep you safe.

    10 Ways to Stay Safe in College

    1) Lock your apartment doors

    This is a very simple rule that most college students should always follow. In college, people like to leave their doors open so they can come in and out. What most people don't realize is that they are also inviting strangers to come in and out. Always lock your apartment doors, no matter how much it may feel like a hassle. When your neighbors are robbed because they left their doors open, you'll be thankful that you locked your doors. An extra 5 seconds to lock your doors will prevent you from getting anything stolen.

    2) Keep your keys safe

    This is just as important as locking your doors. It is very easy for people to make copies of keys and give them to people to use to get into an apartment. You don't want extra copies of your keys floating around. You will also want to keep your key safe, don't loose it. Put it on a lanyard or a keychain so you don't misplace it.

    3) Lock your laptop

    You don't want anyone to steal your laptop, get a lock for it. You'll be glad you did.

    4) Stay with a buddy

    The buddy system will never fail. Stay with friends to stay safe.

    5) Know the number of campus security

    If you need a ride home, call campus security.

    6) Listen to your gut

    If a party just doesn't seem like a good idea, don't go. It's ok to spend a Friday night every once in a while at home.

    7) Carry cash

    If you need to take a cab for a quick getaway back to your apartment, it is always good to have cash on hand.

    8) Make sure someone knows where you are

    Tell your roommates that you are going on a date, or what party you are going to. It is always good someone knows where you are.

    9) Take a self defense class

    With the electives that you can take, make the best of it and take a self defense class. You will learn valuable skills to keep yourself safe.

    10) Stay on a well-lit path

    If you are walking at night, because you are coming back from a party or even work, make sure that you keep yourself safe by staying on the lit path. Keep your head up and don't be afraid to look people in the eye. Even if a darker way is quicker, it is always a better idea to just take the extra time and go on the lit path. People are less likely to do something to you where everyone can see what is going on.

    If you follow these tips, you can stay safe and avoid a lot of issues that come up when you are in college. You want college to be the best years of your life, by using these tips, you will stay safe and enjoy your college experience to the fullest.

    About the Author

    Neltje Maynez is a freelance writer for My Colleges and Careers helps people determine if an online education is right for them and helps them understand which colleges are best for them and their specific situation.

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