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Great Opportunities for Roma: FULL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Budapest, 4.12.2007 12:30, (ROMEA)

Roma Access Program 2008
Application deadline: 20 December 2007
http://www.ceu.hu/sep/spo/roma.html 

About the Program

The Central European University, with the financial support of the Roma Education Fund, Sigrid Rausing Trust, and private donors, is offering a 9-month Preparatory Course for promising young Roma from Central and Eastern Europe. Full scholarships will be awarded, covering travel, tuition, housing and living stipend. This Program is for Roma who have or are about to receive their first degree, and who wish to improve their chances to get an international scholarship for a Master’s degree.


What the students say about the program:

"Being a student in Central European University, as a Roma Access Participant, allowed me to experience life and make friendship with people from all over the world. On the other hand, this program improved my English skills and knowledge about academic side of studying abroad. Overall it helped me to have much more real chances to do postgraduate studies in international universities, otherwise this wouldn’t be possible for me. "
Maja Saitovic (Serbia), Student, Roma Access Program 2007

"For me, RAP is a great experience! My life has been changed since I was enrolled in this program. RAP is a unique chance for those who would like to study and specialize at a high level in an international environment, multi cultural diversity which gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and other abilities due to the different system of teaching, being very useful for career opportunities and further development. Here you will find all the resources you need to be successful! The future starts with RAP!"
Crina-Elena Morteanu (Romania), Student, Roma Access Program 2007

Goal of the Program

The goal is to prepare Roma to enter international post-graduate studies (at master’s level) through open competition at CEU, North American or Western European universities and focuses on academic and English language development. The program will:

• involve Roma students in the core degree programs of CEU (auditing CEU classes)
• prepare them for their chosen field of study through intensive training
• accustom them to advanced academic life
• raise their English to a level adequate for post-graduate study
• train them in post-graduate level academic skills

Course

The full-time course will start in April 2008 and last until December 2008. It is a combination of:

1. Discipline specific tutoring (in the fields of Law/Human Rights, Sociology, Gender Studies, Political Science or International Relations and European Studies; additional disciplines may be offered)

2. General Social Science tutoring

The tutoring sessions introduce students to the given disciplines and help them make a more informed choice of their preferred discipline. After the introductory part the students choose to specialize in one of the offered disciplines.

3. Academic courses – attending CEU MA courses in the last part of the program

4. Academic writing – classes focus on those skills needed for academic study in English

5. English language training - students study all aspects of language necessary for academic study in English

Who can apply?

Young Roma from Central and Eastern Europe (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Kosovo, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine) who have:
• A university/college degree in any field (preferably in the Social Sciences or Humanities)
• Strong interest in post-graduate university education
• At least pre-intermediate English language skills
• Desire to study in a multicultural environment

Application

Your application must include:

1. Completed Application Form (in English)
2. CV, including academic background, work experience if any, and involvement in Roma related issues in your country if any (in English)
3. Letter of Intention, stating why you would like to participate in this program (in English)
4. One Reference Letter from a recognized Roma organization – translation into English should be attached if the recommendation is written in local language
5. One Reference Letter from a university professor or your employer – translation into English should be attached if the recommendation is written in local language
6. Official copies (bearing an ink stamp and a signature of a notary public or an authorized university official) and official English translation of all University Documents (diploma and documents showing your grades)

Please send your application package to:
CEU
SEP
Nador u. 9
H-1051 Budapest
Hungary

Or you can also send all required application documents by e-mail to romaac@ceu.hu or by fax to Fax number: 0036 1 327 3190 – please note that ALL ORIGINAL documents must be provided upon arrival in Budapest (if accepted).

Application Deadline

• Application form and CV should be received by 20 December 2007.

• The remaining documents (Letter of Intention, 2 Reference Letters and all University Documents) should be post-marked not later then 20 December 2007*.

* All documents sent via e-mail or fax should be received by 20 December 2007.

Important additional information

• Incomplete or late application packages will not be considered

• Applicants who do not have their diploma by April 2008 cannot be considered

• As a general rule, we cannot provide assistance in accommodating family members

• If you are currently employed, you will not be able to continue your duties as this is a full-time program

For further information please contact:

Gergana Simeonova
Program Manager, Special Projects Office, Central European University
Email: romaac@ceu.hu
Tel.: +36 1 327 3000/ext. 2585
Fax: +36 1 327 3190

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