At a glance

  • Field of study

    humanities and linguistics, social sciences
  • Degree type

  • Degree

    Master of Arts
  • Language of instruction

    German, some English
  • Full/part-time

    full-time, part-time
  • Course start

    winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    national admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    Four semesters

  • ECTS credits



  • A first academic degree in political science, or in a social science or philological subject with a share of at least 60 credits in political science or 60 credits in a social science subject related to the master’s programme; alternatively, proof that the applicant can earn such a degree by the beginning of the master’s programme if he or she pursues the standard course of study;
  • knowledge of English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • for applicants whose native language is not German: knowledge of German at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • Since the master’s programme has a limited number of places and is subject to a local restriction on admission, a selection is made from those applications received which meet the subject-specific admission requirements.


The MA in European Integration in East Central Europe is a practically oriented programme focusing on economic and political processes of integration and Europeanisation within the EU, especially in East Central Europe. Students acquire knowledge of European and international harmonisation trends, diffusion and economic processes as well as the integration prerequisites, processes and characteristics of politics in East Central Europe.

The programme aims to enable students to

  • acquire expertise on the process of European political and economic integration, with a special focus on the particularities of Central and Eastern European countries;
  • use analytical methods to comprehend and systematically present the complex issues surrounding political and economic integration;
  • be able to independently assess and evaluate the process of European political, economic and legal integration and the specific effects in each case on different regions, demographics and interest groups within the EU;
  • develop practical concepts, analyses and services on the basis of this knowledge.

The programme can be studied either as an internationally integrated double degree with Andrássy University Budapest (AUB) or as a single degree from Leipzig University only. On the double degree programme, students spend the first academic year at AUB and, in addition to the MA qualification in European Integration in East Central Europe awarded by Leipzig University, they receive a degree in International Relations from AUB. The other course includes a mandatory semester abroad in the second semester of study.

The master’s programme comprises 120 ECTS credits, including 20 credits for the master’s thesis. The standard period of study is four semesters. Students earn 60 credits each academic year (usually 30 credits per semester).

Course of study with mandatory semester abroad
The programme comprises a compulsory and an elective compulsory area. The compulsory area (core subject) consists of five modules with a total of 50 credits. Fifty credits are allocated to compulsory elective modules. Of these, 20 credits have to be earned from programme modules offered in Leipzig and 30 credits from a period of study abroad, which students must organise themselves.

Integrated, international course of study ending in a double degree
The programme comprises a compulsory and an elective compulsory area. Of these, 74 credits are set aside for compulsory modules and 26 credits for compulsory elective modules. Students acquire 60 credits during the first year of study at AUB. The third semester is completed in Leipzig together with the partner student group from AUB. The final thesis is written in Leipzig and usually overseen by supervisors from Leipzig University and AUB.

The programme qualifies students for the following requirements of entry-level professionals:
Elaboration of political analysis,

  • implementation of work projects and programmes throughout Europe, including in the national context,
  • coordination of cross-departmental, cross-institutional and cross-level work,
  • cooperation with external stakeholders,
  • direct support for decision-makers,
  • management of human and financial resources.

With their educational profile, graduates have good prospects on the labour market, since the demand for experts on (East Central) Europe from private and public employers will continue to rise in the coming years, and the programme’s specialist training – here with a focus on politics and business – as well as practical relevance will facilitate career entry.


Course start: winter semester
Admission restriction (NCU): yes
Application period: 2 May–31 May
Application portal: AlmaWeb

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

Options in the winter semester: 3rd semester – without restrictions on admission
Options in the summer semester: 2nd semester and 4th semester – each without restrictions on admission
Application period: 2 May–15 September for the winter semester; 1 December–15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Special enrolment requirements: credits form (Anrechnungsbescheid)

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.


Only for the version of the programme with Andrássy University Budapest, Hungary:
Two semesters of study at the foreign partner university

All other versions:
One semester of study at a foreign partner university

Only for the version of the programme with Andrássy University Budapest, Hungary:
Award of a double degree with the international partner university