EMA is open to EU and non-EU citizens.

Motivation is a key element characterising our students. A typical class is composed of committed individuals who choose EMA for a variety of reasons:

  • Young graduates keen on acquiring and reinforcing their conceptual and practical knowledge in preparation for a career in the area of human rights and democratisation;
  • Students with personal experiences of difficult human rights situations who wish to articulate their responses and strategies more effectively;
  • Scholars at an early stage of their academic career who aspire to advance their research skills and techniques;
  • Practitioners looking for the opportunity to enhance their theoretical understanding of issues related to human rights and democratisation as well as their operational skills;

EMA students are selected on the basis of their academic ability and background, experience, motivation, and language competence. While the minimum academic requirement is 180 ECTS, additional study and practical experience in inter-governmental, governmental, or non-governmental organisations working in the area of human rights and democratisation are helpful and enrich the learning environment. On average, each year the EMA student body includes more than 25% of students with prior practical experience.

The prevalent background is Law, Political Science and International Relations, although each year there has been a steady increase in the participation of students with other degrees.

As English is the official working language of the EMA programme and French considered an important second language, students are fluent in English and many possess the ability to understand lectures and read academic texts in French. Given the variety of backgrounds and countries of origin, the majority of EMA students can also work in one or more additional languages.