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East European Studies (European Studies)

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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.

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The Politics and Culture of Eastern Europe

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 some of the most radical transformations and dramatic conflicts that have shaped the modern era. The one-year Master's in East European Studies offers you a fascinating, research-oriented journey into the politics and culture of this region in the 20th and 21st 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.

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What does this programme entail?

In this video the teacher and student of the programme explain how this programme is structured and what the unique aspects are.

Unique in the Netherlands

Tailor made programme

Internship possible

With focus on one of the world’s most dynamic regions

Partnership: Dutch Institute in St Petersburg

Eastern European Studies at the UvA

Founded in 1948, the Master's programme now welcomes students from around the world 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.
  • The programme collaborates with the Dutch institute in St Petersburg and includes a field trip to a capital city of the former Soviet space.
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After graduation

After completing this Master's programme you will have acquired an in-depth knowledge of Eastern Europe. There is a high demand for specialist in European institutions, national governments, the media and the national or European business community.

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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).

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