9 Partner Universities in 8 Countries
TAM is designed to afford many different types of experiences to its students. Your TAM path can be tailored to suit your individual interests, skills, and goals. In order to facilitate the process of choosing your degree type, program, and study locations, please refer to the step-by-step guide below. If at any point, you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at email@example.com. Since no two students are exactly alike, it may help you to communicate directly with representatives from the TAM office and our alumni network. We are happy to be in touch with you!
Your first step is to decide if you wish to pursue the UNC-CH MA in Political Science or one of the European degrees. This decision may be depend on a variety of factors including your source of funding (some federal loans and awards require you to seek the UNC degree), language ability, and career goals. In addition, it is now possible to seek two degrees at once through the European Governance track.
TAM offers three program tracks. Transatlantic Studies offers the most variety in terms of overseas universities and courses taught in multiple languages.
European Governance is an English-language track which offers a year of study at UNC, a year overseas, and increased statistical training.
German-Turkish Studies is also an English-language track which provides language training in Turkish or German and enables you to study in the US, Turkey and in Germany.
In the Transatlantic Studies track, you may choose one or two overseas sites: these include Bath, Berlin, Grenoble and Siena.
In the European Governance track, you may choose one overseas site: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bremen or Gothenburg.
In the German-Turkish Studies track, the overseas sites are set and include Ankara and Berlin.
TRANSATLANTIC STUDIES TRACK
TAM’s TransAtlantic Track is the program’s original track. This option enables students to:
- Gain insight into the EU’s institutions and integration and to focus on a number of issues relevant to contemporary Europe such as social policy, immigration, as well as security and defense.
- Examine contemporary Europe through a comparative lens by looking at ways in which the countries of Europe differ from and mirror the US.
- Spend one semester studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Study overseas at one or two of these partner sites for a Specialist Module I (spring semester) and a Specialist Module II (fall semester).
- Choose the University of Bath, Humboldt University in Berlin, Sciences-Po in Grenoble, and/or the University of Siena.
- Take courses in English, French or German.
- Write your thesis in the location of your choice in most cases.
EUROPEAN GOVERNANCE TRACK
In 2008 TAM launched a European Governance track of the program. Students in this track:
- Study for one full academic year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Complete a second year of study and research at the VU University Amsterdam or at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona or at the University of Bremen in Germany or at Gothenburg University in Sweden. We expect Humboldt University of Berlin to soon join this track as well.
- Take all coursework in English.
- Focus on European governance and social policy, European Studies, and on qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- May choose to seek both the UNC and European degrees simultaneously.
GERMAN-TURKISH STUDIES TRACK
Launched in 2014, the German-Turkish Studies track is TAM’s newest offering. Students in this track:
- Focus attention on the relationship between Germany and Turkey and pay special attention to issues of immigration in Europe.
- Take courses in English and study the German or Turkish language.
- Spend one semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Spend their second semester in Ankara at Middle East Technical University (METU).
- Spend year two taking courses in Berlin at Humboldt University and write their MA thesis.
Our Partner Sites
TAM has cultivated partnerships with some of the most acclaimed universities in Europe and now also with a well-known university in Turkey. Our long-standing ties with these institutions reflect strong transatlantic bonds at both the academic and administrative levels and, in some cases, date as far back as 1998. The caliber of each institution is an important factor as is the institution’s location in key areas of interest to EU scholars.
Students in the European Governance track of TAM may study at the VU in Amsterdam during their second year in the program. Here, courses are taught in English and focus on comparative welfare states, international political economy, international security, and global environmental governance. Some research internships may be available to TAM students who study at the VU.
In Ankara, at the Middle East Technical University, German-Turkish Studies TAM students take two required content courses: A German-Turkish Joint Seminar called “Current Issues of Social and Political Transformations” and a course called “Turkey, the Middle East and Eurasia.” Students also take a German- or Turkish-language course as well as an elective. Past electives have included such classes as “Politics of Migration in Europe” and “Human Rights Issues in Europe.”
Students in the European Governance track of TAM may spend their second year at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona. At UPF, course are taught in English and may include Statistical Analysis I, Electoral Systems, Multiculturality and Immigration Policies, The Welfare State, Globalization and European Integration, Democracy and Political Liberalism, Social Policy and the Welfare State, Electoral Competition and Voting Behaviour, and Migration and Society.
Bath University is part of our TransAtlantic Studies track. The Specialist Module I (spring semester) at Bath University is called “Global Europe: Roles and Comparisons.” This module has a strong IR focus. Courses include: Organised Crime in Europe: Threats and Challenges, International Security: the Contemporary Agenda, Britain and Europe, International Organisations in World Politics, Economic Foreign Policy and International Trade, Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution.
During Specialist Module II (fall semester), the main emphasis at the University of Bath is on the issue of IR and is called “European Perspectives on International Relations and Security”. Since the end of the Cold War, the concept of security has been increasingly broadly defined. The Bath Specialist II Module includes such courses as European Union policies and policy-making, Scopes and Methods of Politics and International Relations, Comparative European Politics, International Security, Theories & Concepts, Memory Culture-Memory Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Governance.
In Berlin TransAtlantic Studies students will begin in February with a pre-semester mini-module. They will have the option to take German-language classes as well as a workshop on research design and methods in political science and a thematic Colloquium. Humboldt and Free Universities will offer a Specialist I module called “Democratic Government in Europe.” Courses may include: Comparative European Government, Facets of Europeanization, and Foreign and Security Policy in Europe. This module is offered in German. Please note that some of the coursework during this module will be offered in English. However, the universities in Berlin have now set a standard of B2 / intermediate German-language ability (in the CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). This level serves as a guideline intended to help applicants determine whether to pursue study in Berlin. Past site visits during this module in Berlin have taken students to the parliament and an NGO called Lobby-watch Berlin’s Specialist Module II for TransAtlantic Studies students is called “Democratisation and Political Change”. Course titles include: Facets of Europeanisation, Europe’s Borders and Neighbors, and Democracy and Democratisation in Europe.
German-Turkish Studies track students in their second year of the program will take classes at Humboldt University in Berlin. Their core courses will be “Germany, Turkey and the EU” and “German Democracy in Comparison.” Language classes as well as electives will be on offer.
We expect that Humboldt University will soon join the European Governance track of TAM as well and will be able to offer a double-degree option as well.
Erasmus + funding from the EU will enable Humboldt University to award a limited number of student stipends to TAM students over the 2018-2021 period. Some of this funding will be tied to internships both in Berlin and DC.
In Bremen, research internships are often available to TAM students in the European Governance track and can serve as an integral part of the program. Some of these positions may be paid. In addition, social policy coursework focuses on the economy and on health policy. We specifically recommend International and European Social Policy and Comparative Social Policy. These are both courses offered through Bremen’s MA Program in Social Policy. In the past, TAM students have also had the option to take classes through other MA programs offered in English at Bremen and at nearby Jacobs University.
TAM has a new partnership with the Center for European Studies at Gothenburg University in Sweden. This Center runs under the auspices of Gothenburg’s Department of Political Science. Gothenburg is part of TAM’s European Governance consortium and offers a double degree program with TAM. Within this track, TAM students have the opportunity to spend one year at UNC-CH and the following year at the University of Gothenburg. Once in Sweden, during the second year in the program, students who choose this option join Gothenburg’s Master’s of European Studies (MAES) Program.
Students have the opportunity to study the Nordic and Swedish welfare state model as well as European migration issues as they pursue the double degree option.
English-language instruction is on offer, and students find that most people speak English in Gothenburg.
Students enjoy the proximity to Brussels and availability of a well-established network in EU-institutions and other organizations involving European Studies alumni as well as distinguished members of the work-life council REGU.
Students also take part in study-visit trips to Brussels organized by their fellow students.
Students also have the possibility to an internship in the form of a fifth semester, in Sweden or another EU member state.
Finally, students may wish to join the well-established student organization, Brännpunkt Europa.
TAM students in the TransAtlantic Studies track who opt to study at Sciences Po Grenoble in the French Alps join the School of European Governance’s (l’Ecole de Gouvernance européenne) MA Program at Sciences Po Grenoble for one or two semesters of overseas coursework. In the spring semester, the Specialist Module I at S-P Grenoble offers courses from January to March. TAM students then take part in individual study courses with S-P Grenoble faculty. In the fall semester, or SM II, TAM students in Grenoble take classes from September to December.
Students can opt to take all classes in English or do a mix of classes in English and French. In the latter case, they can hand in papers in English.
Students are able to take a French language class as part of their program
We do recommend that TAM students planning to study in Grenoble speak some French in order to get the most out of their stay in France.
Below are some of the courses for Grenoble (title in English = course in English, title in French = course in French):
SM I : Europeanisation of public policies, Droit européen de l’immigration et de l’asile, European Economic Governance, Welfare state in the EU, La politique européenne de voisinage, The EU and international security, and EU External Action
SM II : Seminar EU Law and Politics, Les entreprises dans l’Union européenne, European political parties, L’UE et la protection de l’environnement, Interest groups and collective action in the EU, Public Opinion in the EU, and The Relations between Europe and the US Since World War II
The complete listings are available here.
The Siena’s Specialist Module II, “From National to Global: Changing Perspectives on a Changing World”, is offered in collaboration with the MA in Political Science at the University of Siena. The Module examines the particular pressures to which Italy is subject. Course titles may include: Multiculturalism in Europe: the Mediterranean Dimension, From the Nation State to European Polity, The Political Economy of the EU, National Perspectives: Italy, Europe and the EU, European Perspectives: Migration, Culture, Markets, and Europe in Global Perspective. This module is primarily taught in English.
PAYING FOR TAM
AN AFFORDABLE PROGRAM THAT GIVES YOU OPTIONS.
When it comes to affording TAM, you have options. We deliberately keep tuition low as we wish to make the TAM experience as accessible as possible to those who share our passion for European Studies and Transatlantic Affairs. In the past, TAM students have received funding in the way of Foreign Language Area Studies awards, Fulbright awards, Ford Foundation Fellowships, IREX grants, Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) funding, and DAAD scholarships. We are also able to offer a few tuition remissions each year. Many students will also take out federal loans to support their TAM studies.
Total program tuition will be $5,000 per term in the 2020-2022 academic years. Students will be billed $5,000 each semester by the UNC Cashier’s Office. This tuition rate applies to all TAM tracks and covers instruction at all sites involved. Please note that the double-degree program is slightly longer in duration (August graduation) and costs an additional $5,000. Students are guaranteed access to academic facilities at the participating universities. Please note that the UNC Cashier’s Office will apply student fees to your account.
Tuition Total ($5,000 per semester): $20,000 (or $25,000 for Double Degree)
Estimated TAM Costs:
- Books: $1,600
- Housing and cost of living:
- Chapel Hill housing & cost of living (17 weeks): $ 8,197
- Chapel Hill housing & cost of living (17 weeks): $ 8,197
- Siena housing & cost of living, one module (15 weeks): $8,274
- Berlin housing & cost of living, one module (15 weeks): $7,938
- Grenoble / Bath housing & cost of living, one module (15 weeks): $9,438
- Barcelona / Amsterdam / Bremen (2019-2020 academic year): 1200-1500 Euros per month. Bremen – 1200; UPF – 1,300; the VU – 1,500.
- Gothenburg (2019-2020 academic year): 10,500 SEK per month (or about $1,200)
- Travel (one transatlantic round trip & three trips within US or Europe): $4,800
- Health insurance: $2,200 per year
- Miscellaneous (including UNC student fees): $8,000
TAM program tuition does not cover certain student fees at some universities. Access to recreational facilities at UNC, for example, requires payment of a nominal fee. Cost-of-living estimates will vary according to individual circumstances and according to the sites and residences chosen by different students. Further, changes in exchange rates may impact these estimates. Please contact the TAM Office for more detailed financial information.
LOANS – US DEGREE:
Students enrolled in the UNC M.A. in Political Science who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply for US federal loans through the UNC Financial Aid office. You can begin this process by applying online at FAFSA.org before Feb. 15th, to meet Carolina’s priority deadline of March 1.
LOANS – EUROPEAN DEGREES:
Students pursuing one of the European degrees may be eligible to receive loans from private organizations. Students are free to choose a loan with a private lender of their choice.
The TAM program awards a limited number of tuition remissions to reduce the program fee. If you wish to be considered for a merit-based TAM scholarship, please include a brief statement to that effect in your application. In addition, three to four full FLAS scholarships (one full academic year’s tuition plus a stipend of $15,000) will usually be awarded to incoming TAM students.
FLAS FUNDING AWARD
The FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) funding is made available by the US Department of Education through the Center for European Studies (CES). This program encourages US citizens, who intend to pursue careers in US government service, to attain foreign-language proficiency. Therefore, to be eligible for this award, you must possess:
- US citizenship or permanent residency;
- An interest in pursuing a career in US government service;
- The intention to pursue a UNC-CH degree;
- The willingness to pursue formal foreign-language training while in TAM;
- The intention and documented ability to complete at least one of your overseas modules at a site where you can continue to study your target foreign-language or the intention to enroll in two semesters of foreign-language training at UNC-CH.
If you meet the above criteria and wish to be considered in the open competition for the FLAS award, please indicate your interest within your TAM personal statement and refer to the following website for relevant details. Please note that FLAS requires a separate application.
Please make the TAM office aware of your interest in the FLAS award at the time you apply. However, you will probably hear about admission decisions BEFORE you hear about decisions regarding FLAS.
ALUMNI-FUNDED TRAVEL AWARDS
We are pleased to offer two awards of $1500 each toward costs of traveling to your TAM overseas partner site in Europe during the summer or early fall of 2021. Priority will be given to those who have not or do not have other sources of funding.
The application materials include a resume or CV, unofficial UNC transcript, and a short (250 words) personal statement on your goals for the second year of study in TAM. Please include a justification for your funding request in your statement as well as other funding received thus far in TAM.
These awards are generously provided by TAM alumni.
The next deadline is March 1, 2022.
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