Motivation letter requirements for European Union - Russia Studies
The motivation letter must be submitted with your application package by 15 March 2019 at the latest. The letter (in English, 5000 characters with spaces) should address the following points:
- Explain your motivation for applying to the programme (Why are you interested in the relations between the EU and Russia, and their shared neighbourhood? What are your plans for the future and how would this study programme help you achieve your goals?);
- Explain how your educational and professional background relates to the programme you are applying to (What makes you a good candidate for this programme? What have you accomplished in the past? What knowledge, skills, and experiences do you have that are relevant to this programme?);
- Describe your specific research interests within the field of EU-Russia affairs (In which aspects of the political, historical, and economic developments in Russia, the European Union, and their shared neighbourhood are you mostly interested? What problems or issues would you like to examine in more depth and why? What would be a possible topic for your MA thesis?).
- Relevance of previous educational and professional experience for the programme;
- Motivation and ambition;
- Identification of specific research interests compatible with the substantive content of the programme; ability to formulate a research problem/topic;
- Writing skills and command of the English language.
The maximum score for the motivation letter is 100 points and the result is positive only if the applicant gains 51 points or more. Only those applicants who score 66 points or higher (out of 100) as a combined score from both the motivation letter and average grade of the previous study level, will be considered for admission.