Study Regulations

Becoming a student and completion of studies

  • Call for scholarship applicants to the program “International Relations and European Integration” will be announced every spring on our website. ESD will sign study agreements with successful candidates in which both of the parties rights and obligations have been pointed out.
  • The Student must participate in the study process and ensure the completion of the program by the end of the study year – graduation ceremony is in every May.
  • The Student has completed the program when he/she has collected at least 60 credit points, of which 30 credit points must be received for compulsory courses (marked as C) and 30 credit points for optional courses (marked as O).
  • After completing the study program, on the date of graduation, the Student receives ESD certificate, academic record and description of the ESD study system.
  • If the Student does not complete the program by the graduation date, an official proof will be issued by ESD listing courses successfully passed. The scholarship student cannot continue the studies after the graduation date.
  • ESD cannot transfer subjects and credit points of previous BA, MA and PhD programs to the academic record of ESD.

Study rules

  • In order to participate in the study process the Student must attend the classes scheduled in the curriculum. The Student will be automatically enrolled to the compulsory courses. As to optional courses, the student has to enrol him/herself via online study platform Moodle.
  • The Student is obliged to indicate his/her attendance in each class by signing the attendance list. If the Student has not attended 75% of the lectures, the lecturer has the right to assing an extra assignment for the course.
  • Absenteeism from exams is prohibited. Only in exceptional cases, the student is allowed to miss it. This has to be agreed with the program manager beforehand.
  • Failure to attend an exam results in the grade F (failed). When retaking the exam after having missed it for the first time, the maximum grade the person gets is B (very good).
  • There is no need to register separately for exams as it is done by the online system Moodle.
  • Re-examinations can be taken on specific dates agreed with the program manager.
  • The Student has the right of maximum 2 attempts of re-examinations per given course (called respectively: the 1st re-examination and the 2nd re-examination). The 1st re-examination will cost 10 EUR, the 2nd one 20 EUR.
  • After three unsuccessful examination attempts, the Student will fail the course and has no right for further retakes.
  • In order to submit an essay the Student must upload the paper by the given deadline (stated in the curriculum) to the online system Moodle. Submitting the paper later will automatically lower the grade. In case the paper is submitted a week later from the deadline, it results in lowering the grade + costs 10 EUR. If the paper is submitted more than two weeks later, the grade will be two grades lower and costs 20 EUR. In case of the failure of the essay, the retake of it costs also.


  • ESD grading system uses the following scale: A (excellent), B (very good), C (good), D (satisfactory), E (poor), F (failed). Positive grades are from A – E, negative grade is F. Re-examination can be realised only in case of F, positive grades do not permit re-examination.
  • ESD runs a number of courses for which the grade to be received is “passed”. This means the given course will be completed when the Student has attended at least 75% of all classes (3 days out of 4). The courses assessed by attendance are marked in the curriculum.
  • The lecturer of the course alone has the authority to issue the final grade. In case needed, the Student has the right to ask the lecturer for additional feedback about grading principles.


  • The Student must acknowledge that plagiarism (copy-paste of texts without references to original sources, as well as cheating at exams) is an object of moral condemnation and therefore highly prohibited. The use of plagiarism will cause the Student a fine of 40 EUR. Continuous use of plagiarism results in the termination of the Agreement as well as expelling the Student from the study group.
  • Each exam or essay, where plagiarism has been identified, will be instantly graded as F (failed).
  • Bringing a crib into the examination room is considered as plagiarism. In addition, the use of mobile phones or any other type of smart devices during exams is prohibited.

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