BA Area studies (AS) - distance

ABOUT THE AREA STUDIES PROGRAMME

The Area Studies Distance Study Programme with the specializations in Area Studies or in Contemporary History is an interdisciplinary programme focusing on the areas of the Northern Hemisphere with a focus on North America, Europe, Eurasia, and also looking at the developments in Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Pacific region and the Mediterranean. From a chronological point of view, it mainly observes events from World War II to the end of the Cold War, but it also includes a basic knowledge of the continuation of the main trends of development at the present time; it focuses on politics, economy, culture, society and international relations.

The Distance Study Programme Area Studies is further divided into two specializations: Area Studies and Contemporary History.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND THE ADMISSION PROCEDURE

The admission procedure is based on a General Academic Prerequisites Test  (GAP). You can find more information here (in Czech only).

For more information see contact vykoukal@fsv.cuni.cz.

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COMPETITIVENESS OF AREA STUDIES SPECIALIZATION GRADUATES

Graduates of the Area Studies Distance Study Programme have an interdisciplinary knowledge of the contemporary North America, Europe and Eurasia. They are able to acquire and classify data and with the help of this data solve practical and research tasks at home and abroad. They can manage a team dealing with the issues related to their study field at various levels of expertise.

Graduates of the Area Studies Distance Study Programme are ready to further educate themselves and to continue in the follow-up Master's degree programme, to work in both domestic and foreign governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions and to work in the private and public sectors.

International study abroad stays, work placements and excursions at home and abroad are an integral part of the programme.

COMPETITIVENESS OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY SPECIALIZATION GRADUATES

Graduates the Area Studies Distance Study Programme with a specialization in Contemporary History have an interdisciplinary knowledge of the contemporary history of North America, Europe and Eurasia. They are able to acquire and classify data and with their help solve practical and research tasks at home and abroad. They can manage a team dealing with subject and related issues at various levels of expertise.

Graduate of the Area Studies Distance Study Programme with a specialization in Contemporary History are ready to further educate themselves and continue in the follow-up Master's degree programme, to apply in domestic and foreign governmental and non-governmental organizations and organizations and work in the private and public sectors.

International study abroad stays, work placements and excursions at home and abroad are an integral part of the programme.

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WHY STUDY THE AREA STUDY PROGRAMME?

1. Study in foreign languages

Students of this study programme have the opportunity to study a wide range of topics at the level of elective courses in foreign languages, especially in English, German and French, given both by our lecturers and also thanks to the annual presence of foreign lecturers from prestigious European and non-European universities. Another option which extends the foreign language offer even beyond the mentioned languages ​​are study abroad stays.

2. Study Abroad Stays

All students have the possibility to go abroad for study abroad stays or work placements in Europe and outside Europe. Erasmus stays are the most frequent forms of study abroad stays, but there are also a number of inter-university and inter-faculty agreements and scholarship offers which make it nowadays possible for study abroad to take place in virtually all countries in the world, including destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, Chile or South Korea. The Faculty of Social Sciences or even the University itself also contribute to the most cost demanding study abroad stays in the form of a scholarship

3. Lectures

The tuition is provided by a generationally balanced team of professionals who conduct courses based on their own and long-term research and publications, thus they know what they are talking about. Last but not least, in addition to the highly professional background, teachers are also here to provide students with the necessary assistance and aid and to lead them through their studies to their successful end.

4. Friendly study environment and social activities

The aim of the Institute is for students to acquire not only academic expertise, but also good general working habits and a positive attitude towards teamwork. Both thanks the lecturers and the student self-government, which is an important partner in the workplace management, the IMS represents a place for good life-long relationships, which are formed not only during academic work itself but also through a wide variety of social activities. These include not only traditional parties, but also trips and excursions at home and abroad. Apart from that, the relationships are also fostered by participation in joint events organized both within and outside the workplace during the school year and during holidays, and even after graduation, thanks to graduates who maintain lasting relationships with the IMS.

5. New skills and knowledge

As a graduate of the Bachelor's degree programme at the IMS you will not only be endowed with new knowledge and skills centered around the ability to think critically and present topics that will be explored during your next personal and professional development. Thanks to your studies, you will also gain a significant degree of cultural and social competence that you can apply either at home or abroad, or in good working positions.

The distance form of study, which, unlike the full-time study, requires an enormous amount of self-discipline and determination to finish the studies successfully, and at the same time it also means that the graduates are,  in their majority, strong personalities capable of pursuing their careers even under difficult conditions. 

 WHAT WILL I DO AFTER MY STUDIES?

The career opportunities are very wide. Unlike the full-time study, where around 70-80% of the IMS graduates continue their studies at a Master's level and only a minor part of them leave to start working, the distance study graduates are more focused on getting immediately involved in practice after finishing their studies.  If they choose to work, they usually get well-paid posts most often in the state administration, non-governmental organizations and the media, or more precisely, they move to higher positions within those workplaces where they are already engaged in. If they decide to further continue with their studies, they do not have any problems of getting admitted to any high-quality Master's degree programme at home or abroad, although in most cases, mostly for work or family reasons, the choice is usually for a Master's degree at home.