May 28, 2022

Thinking beyond borders: New degree in Cross-Border Studies at the University of Klagenfurt

The University of Klagenfurt is located at the heart of the Alps-Adriatic region, close to the Slovenian and Italian borders. The new Master’s degree programme in Cross-Border Studies aims to offer students a variety of opportunities to study beyond borders within Europe.

The Master’s degree programme Cross-Border Studies has been developed for individuals with a high degree of sensitivity for that which is familiar and that which is foreign. The challenges we face in Europe today can no longer be solved as individual states, without understanding each other (linguistically and culturally) and where the other’s perspective remains foreign to us. Cross-border experts are able recognise bridges and commonalities – even across cultural, linguistic and other borders. “The University of Klagenfurt is perfectly predestined to offer a degree programme that identifies ways to overcome territorial, linguistic and mental borders thanks to Carinthia’s manifold experiences in dealing with borders,” Cristina Beretta, who heads the degree programme, explains.

The range of subjects covered at the University of Klagenfurt provides fertile ground for linking linguistic and textual competences with other skills in a meaningful way. This means that students can combine two languages and their philologies (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Russian, Slovenian, Italian, German and English) with specialisations in other areas, such as business administration, media and communication studies, peace education, history, geography, cultural analysis, sustainability, gender studies and digitalisation. The programme features a high level of interdisciplinarity and allows students to gain practical experience outside of the university. Individual areas of specialisation and the possibility to spend significant portions of the degree programme outside of Austria combine to make Cross-Border Studies an innovative, pan-European degree programme. 

The target group comprises students who are proficient in German or English, have a basic knowledge of one of the above-mentioned Slavic languages, and who are interested above all in languages and in looking beyond their own horizons.

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