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CEEPUS Network

CIII-AT-0503-04-1415 Inter-American Studies

CEEPUS is an acronym for "Central European Exchange Program for University Studies".

Current member countries are: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. Prishtina/Kosovo is also participating.

Within the CEEPUS network institutions of higher education from the participating countries have the opportunity to apply for thematic networks and the University of Graz and its partners have been granted support for their cooperation in Inter-American Studies since the academic year 2010/11.

Program Description

With the establishment of a Center for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz new perspectives for developing regional and international partnerships with institutions in the field of Inter-Amerian Studies. In an effort to promote the research field of Inter-American Studies and to find partner institutions for the establishment of a Joint Degree in Inter-American Studies C.IAS approached partner institutions throughout Europe and formed this network in Inter-American Studies.

Coordinating Unit

University of Graz, Austria
Center for Inter-American Studies
Georg Schendl

Network Partners

St. Kiril and Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo, BulgariaFaculty of Modern Languages, Department of English
Ludmilla Kostova
Paisii Helendarski University of Plovdiv, BulgariaDepartment of English and American Studies
Valentin Petroussenko
Palacký University Olomouc, Czech RepublicPhilosophical Faculty
Matthew Sweney
University of Zagreb, CroatiaFaculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English
Sven Cvek
Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church, Hungary

Department of General Humanities

Miklos Vassanyi

University of Pécs, HungaryFaculty of Humanities, Institute for English Studies
Gabriella Vöo
Jagiellonian University Cracow, PolandInstitute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora
Adam Walaszek
Administration: Anna Bartnik
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, RomaniaFaculty of Letters, English Department
Dana-Janeta Badulescu
Belgrade University, SerbiaFaculty of Philology, Department of Iberian Studies
Zoran Paunovic
University of Novi Sad, SerbiaDepartment of English Language and Literature
Ivana Djuric Paunovic
Comenius University, SlovakiaFaculty of Arts, Department of British and American Studies
Peter Barrer
University of Ljubljana, SloveniaFaculty of Education
Beatriz Tomšic Cerkez


The aim is to establish the interdisciplinary field of Inter-American Studies as an attractive, international study program, thus providing a solid academic basis for developing an understanding of the interconnectedness of North and South America from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students will receive specialized academic training in the field of Inter-American Studies. In addition, various subject-related and vocationally-orientated contents of studies will be offered, thereby giving students a wide range of sophisticated understanding of and competences in various aspects of language, literature, culture, as well as social, political and regional contexts. This will provide students with a wide range of employment opportunities upon completion of their studies. In addition, students may pursue PhD programs in various fields. This joint endeavor will promote mobility in the context of a well-structured and rich program of study. In addition to providing intercultural experience and opportunities for personal growth, it will increase international employability of graduates.

Planned Mobility Action

Mobility action will include student and teacher mobility on a regular basis in order to build a network of universities within the Central European context to establish a Joint Degree in Inter-American Studies.

The curriculum development for the Joint Degree Program is in planning and plans between the partners have advanced since they first began in 2010.

International cooperation is the basis for a functioning Joint Degree. A positive example for these efforts is the course series Topics in Inter-American Studies.

The already existing summer school in the field of Inter-American Studies will provide a core aspect of the establishment of this degree.

Special Contribution of each Institution

Within the consortium each participating university will provide their specific research specialization (North American Studies, Canadian Studies, Latin American Studies, Inter-American Studies etc.) as a track within the curriculum. The University of Graz as a coordinating university will offer the theoretical introductory courses on Inter-American Studies within specialized courses and through the summer school. Participating Central European universities will offer both courses within the Romance Studies Departments and the English and American Studies Departments, thus creating in the consortium a (Central) European perspective on the Americas. In addition, partner institutions within the Americas will offer additional expertise within the research area. Language proficiency courses in languages other than English and Spanish (Hungarian, German, Polish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Czech, Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian) will complement the program. The expertise in establishing a joint degree program will be offered by the University of Graz that has experience in successfully establishing such joint curricula.


Center for Inter-American Studies
Elisabethstraße 59/II 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8213
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9767

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. M.A.

Roberta Maierhofer

Phone:+43 316 380 - 8198

Please contact me via email. Thank you!

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