Welcome to the website of the Master’s Programme in Southeast European Studies: Politics, History, Economics. 

The Master’s in SEE Studies, as we call it for short, was the first English-language postgraduate programme at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and belongs to the University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Founded in 1999, the Master’s Programme is currently entering its 25th year of operation.

SEE Studies was designed from the start as an international Master. For almost a quarter of a century, we have been bringing students together from across Southeastern Europe and beyond to learn about the region. Until the end of the academic year 2021-22, our Programme has 544 alumni from 42 different countries. 

The SEE Studies programme was founded in the immediate aftermath of the Kosovo conflict, at a time of violent upheaval in Southeastern Europe. Initially created as part of the Royaumont Process following the Yugoslav wars, SEE Studies had the aim of contributing to the promotion of peace, democracy and reconciliation in the region. Subsequently, the Programme has witnessed Southeastern Europe’s transformation from a war zone to a region on a slow road to integration into the European Union.

The war in Ukraine has inaugurated a new phase of upheaval in Europe. Early consequences for Southeastern Europe have included an initial unblocking of EU Enlargement. At this important time, with new developments likely to unfold rapidly, comprehending this key European region is more important than ever. This is the mission of our programme, which aims to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of Southeastern Europe, combing perspectives from political science, economics, history and law.

Dr Susannah Verney

Associate Professor of European Integration and European Politics

Director of the program