Václav Havel EUROPAEUM MA Programme

Václav Havel EUROPAEUM MA Programme


EUROPAEUM is an international association of leading European universities. Its members include the University of Oxford, Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, Leiden University, University of Helsinki, Graduate Institute in Geneva, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski in Krakow, and others. The Association offers not only full MA programs (MA European Politics & Society, MA in History and Civilization), but also supplementary exchange programs such as EUROPAEUM PhD Scholars or Václav Havel EUROPAEUM MA Program. More information can be found at the EUROPAEUM website

What does the Václav Havel Program mean?

In the academic year 2012-13, the Department of European Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, together with the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Leiden, under the auspices of EUROPAEUM, opened a new exchange program called “Václav Havel EUROPAEUM MA Program”. Thematically, the program focuses on European studies (European policy, contemporary history of Europe, Europe in international relations). Participation in this program is intended primarily for students of NMTS Master's programs with a specialization in European Studies and West European Studies, but also for Master's students with a European focus in general.

What does the program offer?

This two-year program includes a semester stay at a selected partner university (Leiden University and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), attendance at the Oxford Spring School attended by students and teachers of partner universities, and the possibility of writing and defending a diploma thesis under dual guidance. In addition to the home university master's degree, graduates will also receive a certificate from the Europaeum.

Václav Havel EUROPAEUM MA Program is divided into four semesters:

  1. semester: selection of program participants

  2. semester: attending the Spring School in Oxford

  3. semester: semester stay at a partner university

  4. semester: finalization of the thesis, event. presentation of research at the Spring School in Oxford

The semester stay at the partner university is financially supported by the Erasmus + program, when attending the Spring School in Oxford, accommodation and meals are funded by EUROPAEUM, and the travel expenses are provided by the home university.

How to apply?

The selection of students for the program takes place through a regular selection procedure organized at the end of the winter semester exam period. Applications to the program are submitted in an electronic form to Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D., in the academic year 2018/19 until February 10, 2019.

The application must contain:

  1. structured curriculum vitae

  2. cover letter (incl. preliminary project of stay at partner university)

  3. preliminary project of diploma thesis

Documentation can be submitted in Czech, Slovak, English or French.


Who can I contact?

Václav Havel's program at Charles University is provided by the Department of European Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. The professional guarantor of the program is prof. PhDr. Lenka Rovná

The contact personal of KES for the program are Mgr. Eliška Tomalová, Ph.D., Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D. and Mgr. Anna Simbartlová.


Results of the selection procedure 2019

Experience of graduates of the Vaclav Havel Programme

It's a great (not only) academic experience that broadens your horizons, allows you to meet interesting people, and explore how science is done elsewhere. You're quite likely to take away amazing experiences that you simply don't experience in Jinonice!“

Terezie Poláková


I think EUROPAEUM was an excellent opportunity to get to know the backgrounds and students of prestigious foreign universities. The best part of the programme was certainly the stay abroad, where one could register, unlikely to Erasmus, the subjects for regular students because we were considered proper students of the university. The main benefit was to see how foreign students approach the issues and how teaching at Oxford and Leiden is designed.“

Lukáš Růžek

This is a great opportunity to be part of Europe's oldest and most important universities for a while. Having Oxford and the Sorbonne on your CV doesn't look bad at all. Signing up for the program is easy and it's definitely worth it."


„It's cool that students can go abroad three times in this program. I have met a lot of foreign students, made good contacts, and also participated in many interesting lectures by leading professors – for example, a lecture by Professor Emeritus Peter Pulzer on the Jewish question. During my semester in Leiden, I was able to choose subjects from areas that are not normally accessed at FSV - I have, for example, a History of Modern Iran and the like, which I greatly appreciate.“

Robert Franěk

Thanks to a semester in Paris at the Sorbonne, I studied with the native French for a one-year course in the Gouvernance européenne. Very valuable experience was the spring school in Oxford, I was not used to several days of discussions and a series of presentations until that moment from a Czech university background. It gave me insight into a completely different concept of teaching and studying in an Anglo-Saxon environment, meeting other very gifted students motivated me in the next direction.“

Zuzana Čapková