East European Studies

- Master´s programs

Institute for East European Studies
Maria Polugodina
Garystr. 55
14195 Berlin

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For admittance to the master’s program applicants need to fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree with a share of at least 60 credit points in political science, sociology, law, economics, history, cultural studies, or literary studies.

  • Proof of English language skills (level B2 CEFR).

The DSH - or German Language University Entrance Exam for Foreign Students - is obligatory for all applicants whose first language is not German and who have earned their initial degree from a university (or equivalent institution) where the language of instruction is not German.

Students do not pay any tuition fees, the university only charges semester fees and contributions each semester.

The Master of Arts in East European Studies is concerned with the research oriented analysis of the developments in South-Eastern, Eastern and Central Europe. Students receive the opportunity approach the complex subject of Eastern European research from different perspectives.
First, they gain introductory and in-depth knowledge in at least one of the six disciplines offered at the Institute of Eastern European studies: history, sociology, culture, politics, law or economics. On the other hand, the students look also closely into interdisciplinary issues of regional studies. Research is focused on contemporary issues, as related to the transformation processes in Eastern Europe and their historical, political and economic backgrounds. Additional focus is on cultural issues as well as on the study of ethno-national conflicts in Eastern Europe.

Admission for the 1st semester
No limited admissions
Admission for higher semesters
No limited admissions
Application and registration period
Only for 1st semester: April 15 – May 31 (for winter semester), only for higher semesters: July 1 - August 15 (for winter semester), and January 1 - February 15 (for summer semester)
Enrollment period
see notice of admission
Program start
Winter semester
English, German
Master of Arts (M.A.)
4 semesters