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2018 Applying to Grad School

University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies

 

The Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) is a multidisciplinary graduate school in Brussels offered by the U.K.-based University of Kent. BSIS looks for students who have a passion for international affairs, law, or conflict studies. Students come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, including philosophy, business management, economics, psychology, classics, languages, history, environmental studies, anthropology, and more.

“What really sets our students apart is their interest and passion in the subject and the belief that they will make a difference in the field. This helps our students achieve success in their master’s degrees and make contacts and networks for life after graduation,” says Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels, academic director.

Work experience is an added bonus but is not required. “Ideally, we are looking for students who have served in a few relevant positions within a range of organizations,” says von Koppenfels. “Work experience is often a great indicator of a student’s motivation for further study. It can lead to dissertation research projects or job contacts with similar organizations in Brussels.” Work experience can be especially useful when it involves teamwork, project management, or organizational skills.

“What really sets our students apart is their interest and passion in the subject and the belief that they will make a difference in the field.” -Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels, Academic Director, Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent

Many students, however, come to BSIS with little or no work experience and use their time in Brussels to obtain experience. Some applicants have spent time volunteering abroad or working within a local charity, school or youth group.

BSIS students have opportunities for internships, research, and networking at the European Union, NATO, and many other international organizations and NGOs based in Brussels. Many major charity organizations also have offices in Brussels.

Providing two academic references from previous study can greatly enhance an applicant’s profile. For those who have been out of school for a while and believe that professional references say more about them as a candidate, professional references are acceptable.

Master’s Degree Program Options:
• MA in International Conflict and Security
• MA in International Development
• MA in International Migration
• MA in International Political Economy
• MA in International Relations
• MA in Political Strategy and Communication
• MA in EU External Relations
• LLM in Human Rights Law
• LLM in International Law
Also offers PhD programs.

Application Deadlines:
• Fall 2019 Enrollment: July 31, 2019
• Scholarship Priority: April 30, 2019

Standardized Exam Scores: None required

Recommendation Letters: Two required

Application Checklist: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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