Frequently Asked Questions
PoSIG Admission Requirements
How much ECTS credits should I have to apply for PoSIG?
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a system to accumulate and transfer acquired credits. “Its objective is to facilitate the planning, delivery and evaluation of study programmes and student mobility by recognising learning achievements and qualifications and periods of learning “ (ECTS users guide, 2015). The ECTS is widely used by European universities on graduate and post-graduate level. According to this system, one year of graduate university studies generally corresponds to 60 ECTS. Bachelor Degrees (BA) correspond anywhere from 180 to 240 ECTS credits, while Master Degrees correspond from 60 to 120 credits. In order to apply for PoSIG, applicants should have acquired a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in a respective field of study: in political science or closely related field. Also, applicants should have acquired at least 15 ECTS credits from methodology courses in a respective field of study.
More details on ECTS are available here.
More details on PoSIG requirements at Admissions
What if I do not have 15 ECTS of methodology courses in my previous studies?
If you do not fulfil the methodology requirements, you can take additional courses in your first year of study at the University of Salzburg or at the University of Ljubljana.
A list of methodology courses available at the University of Salzburg (PLUS) and the University of Ljubljana (ULju) can be found below:
University of Salzburg (PLUS) (all courses in German):
- ForschungsdesignPolitikwissenschaft (Lecture with 3 ECTS, spring term);
- Qualitative Methodology (Seminar with 6 ECTS, spring term);
- Quantitative Methodology in Social Sciences (Lecture with 3 ECTS, winter term);
- Quantitative Methodology in Political Science (Seminar with 6 ECTS, winter term).
University of Ljubljana (ULju) (all courses in English and Slovenian):
- Research Design – Methods I (6 ECTS, winter term);
- Quantitative Methods – Methods II (6 ECTS, spring term).
For more see useful links
Where can I find out a specification on my diploma and ECTS?
To obtain the specification, the applicant should refer to the issuing institution (university, other educational authority), and request this document or a list of attended courses (official transcripts of records).
If the diploma/degree-granting institution is not in a position to specify the number of ECTS credits related to the course in question, it should at least provide indications on an alternative credit system (and how to convert it into the ECTS system) or summarise key information on the relevant course (duration, workload, supervision, individual research/preparation) so that the PoSIG Coordinators’ Board has sufficient information to make a comparative assessment.
If possible, please attach a Diploma supplement to your application as well. You must attach the transcripts of records.
I am already doing a Master. Can I transfer the credits already gained during this Master to PoSIG and finish my degree with PoSIG?
Due to the specific multilateral governance and uniqueness of our Master’s programme, which takes place at EU universities for the first year and in one of the Western Balkan partner universities for the second year, transfers from other universities and recognition and/or transfer of previous credits to PoSIG is not straightforward. You can apply and the the PoSIG Coordinators’ Board will inform you on the decision based on the compatibility of programmes and placements available for PoSIG.
How many ECTS credits does the PoSIG degree correspond to?
The Joint Master in Political Science – Integration and Governance carries 120 ECTS and can be completed in two years of study.
What previous degree should I have to satisfy the PoSIG entry requirements?
Applicants are required to hold a first cycle degree from an accredited university in the fields of political science or a closely related field and must have acquired a minimum of 180 ECTS. Applications should have at least 15 ECTS of methodology courses, to be proved with their application. For more information, please check Admissions.
I have a degree in sociology/law/economics/communications. Do I satisfy the PoSIG entry requirements?
Please send a copy of your diploma, your diploma supplement and the transcript of records with your application and you will be informed if you are accepted or if you are accepted with conditions. At least two fields of specialization that you are planning to choose within the PoSIG curriculum as well as 15 ECTS credits of methodology courses have to be covered with courses taken during previous level of study. In case of doubt, you can also contact the PoSIG Executive Director here.
I have not yet obtained my Bachelor degree, can I apply for PoSIG?
Yes, if you are in your final year of studies. In your application, please provide your current transcript of records and specify in your motivation statement and CV when you are expected to graduate. Admittance to the programme is conditional upon the completion of your studies prior to the beginning of the new academic year (31 August 2017). If selected, please note that you will have to provide us with the originals of your university degree and transcript of records by end of August.
I have a master’s degree and more than 240 ECTS, am I overqualified for PoSIG?
No, you are not. The PoSIG Coordinators’ Board will evaluate your application. You can apply for the master, but please make sure to specify the reasons for wishing to pursue an additional master in your motivation statement.
What is the minimum final mark required from the university degree?
There are no restrictions. Grades represent only one of the evaluation criteria. Other different assessment criteria are used for the selection (type of the degree, English language proficiency, experience, motivation). Therefore good marks at the BA level lead to better chances to get the PoSIG placement. The PoSIG Coordinators’ Board will evaluate all the applications.
Do I have to do an interview in addition to the application?
Yes, shortlisted candidates that fulfil the entry requirements will be contacted via e-mail to book an interview with the PoSIG Coordinators’ Board. The interview will take place after the deadline for applications, most probably between at the end of May 2017. The interview will be in English and will be conducted via Skype. Check your e-mails regularly for notifications from the PoSIG Team.
Is the PoSIG degree a Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree?
The universities providing the PoSIG program agreed on intending to give the joint degree of Master of Arts (MA), but each university can give its own degree as Master of Science (MSc) depending on its legal background.
What are the language requirements for PoSIG?
Certified fluency in English is an admission requirement to the PoSIG master degree. You need to submit an English language certificate (Level B2) or a proof that BA level studies included at least 2 semesters in English. Candidates who are accepted conditionally also have to prove a working knowledge of German or Slovenian to allow for a completion of courses in the first year of study. This applies to cases in which students must take additional courses from the Bachelor programmes in Salzburg or Ljubljana that taught in the local language (See methodology requirements).
Which kind of language certificate do you accept?
We suggest that selected applicants take the English test very seriously, so that language will not be a learning obstacle. Preferred certificates for English language skills are Cambridge English: First, Cambridge English: Advanced and Cambridge English: Proficiency certificates, TOEFL or IELTS Academic. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must have been obtained in the last 2 years. We also accept other certificates as long as they are a proof of fluency in English and have been obtained in the last 2 years. The minimum level required is B2 and scores are shown below:
IELTS Academic = 5.5 – 6.5
TOEFL IBT = 60-93
If I can prove that my previous university education has been completed (at least partly) in English do I still need to complement my application with a language certificate such as TOEFL or IELTS?
If you completed a degree by taking courses of at least two semesters in English you do not have to provide a language certificate. Please submit a proof of this by submitting relevant documents such as transcript of records.
What are the working languages of the courses?
English is the official working language of PoSIG. Exam questions are to be answered in English. It is the sole responsibility of each student to possess an adequate level of English to complete a Master’s degree in English. The EUROPS/PoSIG consortium does not provide any language courses for selected students.
Only candidates who are accepted conditionally will have to prove German or Slovenian to allow a completion of their conditions in the first year, since these courses in Salzburg or Ljubljana are taught in the local language. For more, see the section on methodology requirements.
Can I submit the documents required for the application (i.e. reference letters, transcript of records or degree certificate) in my mother tongue?
The entire application, including the motivation and the CV, must be submitted in English. Please also include a non-certified English translation of the required proofs, if the original certificates were not issued in English. All documents have to be submitted as instruction at the PoSIG Application Platform.
Is there an age limit to participate in PoSIG?
PoSIG does not apply any age limit.
Which institution will issue my PoSIG diploma?
The Joint Master’s Programme in Political Science – Integration and Governance (PoSIG) represents a shared academic ambition and cooperation of the EuroPS consortium. The implementation of this curriculum is regulated by an institutional agreement signed by the EuroPS partner institutions.
For more information on that see the PoSIG Curriculum
Is EuroPS/PoSIG part of Erasmus Mundus?
No, EUROPS /PoSIG is not part of the Erasmus Mundus consortium of institutions.
Who is the PoSIG Executive Director?
The PoSIG Executive Director is Dr. Franz Kok, University of Salzburg. You can contact him here.
You can contact all other local coordinators at each partner university here.
Why do you have two acronyms, EUROPS and PoSIG?
EuroPS is the acronym of the Erasmus+ project “Curriculum Development for Joint Master in European Political Science”, funded by the programme Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education by the European Commission in 2015. EUROPS consortium is the group of universities from EU and Western Balkans that worked in the past years to develop the joint master PoSIG.
PoSIG is the acronym of the joint master in Political Science – Integration and Governance, which came as a result of the project EuroPS. The consortium of partners is still the same, expect from University of Pavia that was part of EuroPS, but is not longer formally part of PoSIG.
More on EuroPS and PoSIG partners can be found here.
What is the Coordinators’ Board?
The Coordinators’ Board is composed of the Executive Director and all other local coordinators from each partner institution from the European Union and Western Balkans. It is in charge of the management of this master programme.
You can contact the Coordinators’ Board here.
How to apply
What are a Transcript of Records and a Diploma Supplement? Where can I find these?
A transcript of records, or transcript of exams, is a list of all courses you have taken and passed and all the marks you respectively received during your university career. It provides information about your academic background. Usually, it is the university secretariat/registrar, which issues this certificate upon student’s request.
If you have studied in Europe you will also have to present the related Diploma Supplement(s). This is an internationally approved document (usually issued both in a local language and in English) which, following a template developed and approved by the Council of Europe, provides a description of the nature, level, context, content, learning outcomes and status of the studies you successfully completed.
Do I need to submit a copy of my documents that is legally notarized or will a normal copy do?
During the application procedure, normal photocopies are accepted. Please also include a non-certified English translation of the required proofs, if the original certificates were not issued in English.
If selected, you will have to provide the PoSIG Coordinators’ Board with originals or certified copies of your university degree, diploma supplement and transcript of records. Concerning passports, a normal copy will suffice.
Is there a specific template for the letters of reference?
Reference letters should be written on the university header and include full details (name, position, email, mobile, address) and the signature of the person making the declaration. The letters must be addressed to the attention of the PoSIG Coordinators’ Board. They should be in English and submitted as scanned copies. Please keep the originals in case you are selected.
Do the reference letters have to be attached to the application form sent, or do they have to be forwarded separately directly from the referees?
Applicants must send all documents as pdf file by uploading at the Upload Documents Section at the PoSIG Application Platform.
Do the letters have to come from academic referees, i.e. be written by professors, or can they also be from employers or supervisors?
It is preferable to hand in at least one academic reference letter. However, should it be difficult for the applicant to trace their professors after a long time or to have a professional referee in the absence of practical experience, the PoSIG Coordinators’ Board will accept two letters coming from a field that is of relevance to the application in question (relevance in terms of political science expertise, motivation to perform Political Science – Integration and Governance studies, etc.).
Is there a possibility to apply for the programme without having already finished the first university degree (for example: applying in March – finishing university in June – starting PoSIG in autumn)?
Yes. Applicants completing the degree entry requirements prior to the application deadline are requested to provide a current transcript of exams by 31 August 2017. Their offer will be conditional until they provide the original or officially certified copies of their diploma.
Will there be a waiting list?
The Coordinators’ Board of the participating universities will decide about the ranking of the candidates and a waiting list based on the assessment and the selection criteria.
Why do I have to pay 35€ if I am not sure whether I will be selected?
The fee of 35€ will cover the administrative costs of processing applications. The application-processing fee is non-refundable. This also refers to applications that are not successful. You can pay it via a bank transfer or through an online secure payment via PayPal. For more see the Apply Now section.
What career paths do PoSIG graduates follow?
PoSIG alumni will have a unique academic profile. This profile draws on the fields of specialization, the international body of students and lecturers and an individual mobility path between the EU and Western Balkan partners. A compulsory internship will ensure practical experience. In this context, the alumni will acquire specific expertise about the conditions for social, economic and political processes in the Western Balkans.
Through their master’s thesis projects, students are encouraged to carry out innovative research relevant for social, economic and political development of the region. With the acquired knowledge, graduates will be able to contribute to the political debate and to processes related to Europeanization.
The typical professional fields of graduates of the Joint Master’s Programme in Political Science – Integration and Governance include:
- employment at local and national levels, including public administration, parliaments and political parties, non-governmental organizations, interest groups and trade unions, the business sector, media and public relations;
- employment in international organizations, foreign services (careers in diplomacy), in institutions of the European Union and in international profit and nonprofit organizations, development agencies and NGOs;
- employment in the field of civic and political education (foundations, academies, educational institutes, etc.);
- academic careers (teaching and research at universities and research institutions).
For more see Student Info
Can I do a PhD and pursue an academic career after PoSIG?
PoSIG offers a comprehensive master’s course with an in-depth academic curriculum that covers theories, concepts and various methodological approaches used in political science studies. Furthermore, through specialized research methods seminars and thesis seminars. PoSIG prepares students to conduct independent postgraduate research and as such is ideal for potential PhD candidates. All participating universities accept the PoSIG degree as an entrance qualification for their PhD programs.
For more see Student Info
Will other universities (different from participating universities) accept a PoSIG degree?
Regarding formal requirements, PoSIG fulfills all the criteria and as such all other Universities can accept PoSIG students for a PhD program. However, the rest depends on their individual selection criteria.
Fees and financial issues
Do I have to pay tuition fee?
The participating universities follow their individual tuition fee policy for PoSIG. Because PoSIG students can decide about their fields of specialization within the curriculum and the universities they want to attend during the two-year program, the tuition fee depends on the selected universities. This means that students have to pay the tuition fee as required by the university they choose to attend each semester/year. These are the participation costs (tuition fee, registration etc.) at the different PoSIG partner institutions to be paid to institutions at which a student intends to study during one or more semesters (in €):
|PoSIG–Partner University and PoSIG Participation Cost||Tuition fee per semester
|Living costs per month (approximately)
|University of Salzburg (PLUS)(For Students from non-EU countries)
(For EU countries)
|18,70Student Union (in all PoSIG terms)||900,00|
|University of Ljubljana (ULJU)||1.250,00||21,00||400,00|
|Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (UKIM)||600,00||60,00650 Euro for Master Thesis||400,00|
|European University of Tirana (UET)||1.250,00||500,00||400,00|
|University of Tirana (UTIR)||500,00||15,00||400,00|
|FAMA College (FAMA) – Prishtina||1.200,00||0,00||300,00|
|University of Business and Technology (UBT) – Prishtina||750,00||0,00||300,00|
|University of Sarajevo (UNSA)||256,50||80,00||600,00|
|Sarajevo School of Science Technology (SSST)||2.250,00||0,00||600,00|
What does tuition fee include?
For the University of Salzburg: The tuition fee does not cover teaching materials as hard copies and books.
For the University of Ljubljana: tuition fee does not cover teaching materials in hard copies and books. Tuition fee does, however, cover library membership and a student card (which then gives student access to subsidies meals and transport).
For Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje: tuition fee does not cover teaching materials in hard copies and books. Tuition fee does, however, cover membership to the library of the Institute.
Sarajevo School of Science and Technology (SSST): tuition fee does not cover teaching materials (books and readers). This amounts to an additional 150 euros per semester. Tuition fee does cover membership in the library and registration fee, as well as thesis fee.
For more details on tuition fees in participating universities please check:
Is there a difference in tuition fee for EU and non-EU students?
For University of Salzburg: Yes, only non-EU students have to pay tuition fee. EU students do not pay tuition fee.
For tuition fees in participating universities please check:
How and when shall I pay tuition fee?
You will be informed about the details on how and when to pay your tuition fee after you receive the admission letter of the receiving PoSIG University to be attended for the first year and subsequently for all other universities for the second year.
Do I have to pay a registration fee? When and how?
Some PoSIG participating universities have specific additional fees for registration, student union membership etc. These fees are listed in the participation costs table. For more, please see Financial Info.
Are there any other costs that I will have to cover?
It depends on each university, for example you might need to cover individual teaching material as hard copies and costs for excursions depending on your course selection.
Do you offer scholarships?
The participating universities provide scholarships within the existing Erasmus exchange contracts based on the Erasmus and Erasmus+ Credit Mobility. Local coordinators can provide information about these grants and the number of placements available. The participating universities permanently increasing their grant agreements and informing about this at their website.
For more on Erasmus+ Credit Mobility at each partner institution, please follow the links listed below:
For contacting local PoSIG coordinators please refer to Contact Coordinators.
Can I apply for external funding?
Yes. Participating universities provide financial assistance, scholarships and support for external funding.
For more check Student Useful Links.
Do you offer accommodation?
Participating universities will also offer their services to PoSIG students in the same way that these are provided for all other exchange students. You will need to contact each university that you choose to attend in order to get more details. This will occur after you have been notified about your admission to PoSIG.
For more check Student Useful Links.
When must I start the visa procedures?
As soon as you receive and accept the formal invitation to participate in PoSIG (= notice of selection).
Please refer to Useful Links for university support.
Which kind of visa must I apply for?
If selected, you are required to obtain a study visa, which must cover the entire duration of the academic year (September 2017 – September 2018).
Please refer to Useful Links for university support.
Who will pay for the visa procedures?
Students bear all costs involved in the visa procedures.
Please refer to Useful Links for university support.
I have more than one nationality, does this influence my application?
Candidates holding multiple nationalities must indicate all of them in the application form. As a general rule, please consider that in case of multiple nationalities, the country where the candidate has the permanent residence will be considered as prevailing on the other(s).
When and how will I be notified about the admission?
You will be notified via e-mail if you are shortlisted for the interview with the selection committee. The interview will be scheduled for the third week of May 2017. All communication regarding your application status will be via e-mail and in English. Once you are informed of the final decision, you will need to accept or decline the offer and then your admission letter will be sent by the International Office of the EU partner university that you will attend during the first year of study. You will then need to provide all documents as detailed in the Annex of the Admission letter by 31August 2017, the latest.
You can contact us here
If I am offered a place, can I defer the acceptance and begin the following year?
Yes, if placement are available.
When do the PoSIG courses 2017/2018 start/end?
The first PoSIG courses in 2017/18 will start in Salzburg on 1 October 2017. Students have to arrive to Salzburg at least 2 weeks prior in order to complete formal registration procedures, which are necessary to apply for courses and get entrance to the information system of the university. The participation at the “orientation week” of the universities’ international office is obligatory.
Can I change my initial selection for the second year of PoSIG at a later stage? How?
Yes. You make your initial choice for mobility options for both first and second year of PoSIG when you fill out the application. You can change your choices for the second year of PoSIG. This change can be made until 15 May of the first academic year of PoSIG (example you start your first year of PoSIG in October 2017, and you can change your choices for the second year until 15 May 2018). This change has to be done through an e-mail to the Executive Director of PoSIG (contact here). The email must clearly specify your new choices, i.e. the name of partner universities you are selecting for your second year of PoSIG. In the e-mail you should also include the reasons for this change in about 5-10 lines.
Is it possible to work while attending the PoSIG courses?
Working while studying can be very challenging given the intensity of the PoSIG Programme. However, it is up to individual students to manage their workloads. Students have to adhere to the conditions of their study visas in all cases.