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Dear Prospective Student,

We welcome your interest in Southeast European Studies: Politics, History and Economics at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Our program, the oldest English language master’s program in Greece, is now in its 25th year. It was launched in 1999 as an international initiative in the framework of the Royaumont process, to promote peace and reconciliation in the Balkans after the Yugoslav Wars. Since then, it has attracted more than 600 students not only from the Balkans but also from many countries around the world, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Russia, and the US, to mention but a few.

We have a long experience in Southeast European studies, and we continue to see our key role in helping to promote understanding of the historical, political, economic, and legal issues on Southeast Europe and promote good neighborliness among students and future opinion leaders. The aim of our program is twofold. The first one is purely academic, that is to provide a thorough and multidisciplinary understanding of the key historical, political, economic, and legal issues on Southeast Europe. Students will develop critical theoretical, methodological, and analytical skills on the Southeast European region and understanding of its current affairs and learn to apply them in their own professional context. The second aim is broader. As the program was founded during the Kosovo crisis, at a time of violent upheaval in Southeast Europe, the idea was to bring together students from the region and beyond, students from different cultures, to learn about Southeast Europe with and from each other, and thus contribute to the promotion of peace, democracy, and reconciliation of the region.

Today, the Southeast European region is still the entry point for new challenges for Europe and the Western world: security problems, migration, border disputes, competition for energy sources and the climate change impacts. Therefore, new topics have been including in our program, such as migration and asylum governance, security and stability in Southeast Europe, a better understanding of contemporary Turkey, peaceful settlement of disputes and the role of international law and justice, nationalism and democratic transition pathways, climate policy and the role of diplomacy in helping the green transition move forward.

For more information about the application process, prerequisites and program requirements consider exploring the links here. If you have additional questions or would like further information, feel free to contact our program administrator, Evelyn Karakatsani, postgrad_SEE[at]pspa.uoa[dot]gr

I wish you all the best as you investigate the possibility for postgraduate studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.


Emmanuella Doussis

Professor of international institutions

Director of the program