Dear fellow community members

I have been a teacher at this course for many years and would like to recommend it warmly to anyone interested in peace, development, security, human rights, etc. It is really broad and you decide the depth yourself through you individual and group work.
I've always found the group of participants diverse and challenging and I know many young people whose life has been enriched by this rare opportunity for serious education in a wonderful environment.

Please do NOT write to me or ask me questions. Direct all questions you may have to EPU directly, thanks!

Jan Oberg

It takes place at the European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU).


Application deadline: 15th April 2008

Phone +43-3355-2498-515.

Please share this with anyone who may be interested!

European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU)

Rochusplatz 1/Burg
A-7461 Stadtschlaining/Austria
Phone +43-3355-2498-515

We wish to invite you to join a select group of about 44 students from around the world in an intensive course in peace and conflict studies at the European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU) in Stadtschlaining, Austria.


Stadtschlaining is a beautiful, small and quiet medieval town with a ca. 800-year old castle hosting a peace museum, it is situated in the foothills of the Alps, between Vienna and Graz and surrounded by hiking trails, with a hot spring and spa nearby.
Classrooms and 44 single rooms with private bath are located in a new building. Next to the castle there is a famous peace library with 30,000 books and many films, most of them in English.


All the courses are taught in English, by leading specialists in their field from around the world, including Johan Galtung, one of the founders of the academic discipline of peace research and frequent mediator in international conflicts, and Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of Non-Violent Communication.


Module 1: History of and Introduction to Peace Studies

Module 2: Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding

Module 3: International Relations & International Law

Module 4: National Security & Human Security

Module 5: Regional Conflicts & Peace Work

Module 6: Sustainable Development

Module 7: Human Rights & Democratization

Module 8: Peace Education & The Media

Module 9: Peace Culture, Religions & Ethics

In addition, there are several academic excursions.

For more detailed information please visit our website


Students from any discipline interested in peace and conflict transformation, young diplomats, government officials, NGO members, teachers, journalists, lawyers, social workers, officers, psychologists, and anyone interested in solving conflicts by peaceful means. A first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) is required, and preferably some professional experience.

EPU does not discriminate on the basis of (among others) gender, race, class, age or national origin.


Those who successfully complete one trimester obtain a Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. Those who complete three trimesters (Fall, Spring and Summer) and write a thesis obtain a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies, approved by the Austrian Ministry of Education.
Students can begin in any of the three trimesters. The three trimesters need not be taken in succession, they can be spread over several years if preferred.


Euro 2500 tuition + Euro 1400 room rent per trimester, plus a Euro 800 fee for two thesis advisers for the Master of Arts program, or 12.500 Euro for the entire MA program. A few highly competitive full scholarships are available for applicants from focal countries of Austria's development co-operation (for the MA Program only). Some partial scholarships are also available.

*Subject to change

You can indicate with a checkmark on the application form if you wish to apply for one of those scholarships.


Fall term 2008: 28 September - 20 December (apply by 15 April 2008)


See, and click on "European University Center for Peace Studies", second on the left.

If you have further questions, please contact Anita Flasch, EPU Administrative Assistant a href="">>,

Tel +43-3355-2498-515 (mornings).

We will be happy to answer your questions and help you.

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Dear Jan
Thanks for posting this as it is a great opportunity. To find other opportunities also see the Guides to Training and Academic Programs accessible here.
Dear community members,

Please take note that the application deadline to EPU has been extended to June 15th, meaning there's another month to apply for this excellent program.
I am a Journalist by Profession for the past fifteen years. I have a Diploma in Creative Writing, Journalism inclusive from the Writers Bureau of Manchester, England. I also have a Certificate in Peace Journalism that makes me eligible to pursue graduate programmes. I want to pursue the Advanced Master's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies in your university. Can you please help me by giving me links to international scholarship Foundations who will appreciate coming into an agreement with me in sponsoring me for the one year Master's degree in Austria? I will be expecting your reply soon.

With very best wishes
Emmanuel Yartey
We don't give specific advice on individual inquiries. But see the scholarship and academic guides on the site. Also many programs do offer direct scholarship opportunities.


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