East European Studies (European Studies)

In the one-year Master’s programme East European Studies you develop a thorough understanding of the history of Eastern European countries (including Russia), and insight into recent developments in the region.



East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam

Europe’s vast and open border region in the East – from Poland and the Balkans to the Urals and the Caucasus – has been the bedrock of the most radical transformations and dramatic conflicts that shaped the modern era. Our yearlong Master's in East European Studies offers you a fascinating, research-oriented journey into the politics and culture of this region in the 20 th and 21 st centuries. You will explore the relationship between East and West, popular culture and everyday life and the interplay between power centres and peripheries. You will zoom in on nation building and conflicts in sub-regions like the Caucasus, Ukraine/Crimea, or the Balkans, and on the relationship between nationalism and political Islam or Christian Orthodoxy.

Founded in 1948, our Master's programme is now welcoming international students and offers a unique opportunity for rigorous interdisciplinary training in East European studies:

  • Explore political and cultural complexities of the region while following a comprehensive curriculum, combined with staff-led tutorials tailored to your regional and thematic interests.
  • Benefit from our international staff and its broad interdisciplinary expertise, in the classroom and during individual mentoring for your Master's thesis.
  • Engage with new, cutting-edge research projects in the field through weekly spotlight seminars with staff members and guest lectures by leading scholars from around the world.
  • Gain practical experience through an internship in NGOs, academic institutions, or the diplomatic sector.
  • Live and work at the heart of a truly cosmopolitan capital, and study at one of Europe's top-rated academic institutions.

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Degree certificate

East European Studies is an accredited degree programme of European Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in European Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

 


Degree programme
MA European Studies
Mode
Full-time
Credits
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
English
Starts in
September
CROHO code
60284

Published by  Graduate School of Humanities