The interdisciplinary masters program East European Studies develops competencies relating to East Central, Southeast, and Eastern Europe. The two-year course of study empowers graduates, as knowledgeable and practice-oriented East European experts, to careers in academia as well as many different professional fields.
The degree program builds on a first university degree (B.A. or equivalent qualification) and is designed primarily for students with a first degree in political science, sociology, cultural studies, literature, history, law, or economics. Students have the opportunity to deepen their previous specialization in an Eastern Europe-focused core discipline and to supplement it with other disciplines. The program also includes a practice-oriented project module and an internship.
The aim of the masters program is to provide the academic basis and practical experience to later be applied as an East Europe expert in the areas named above.
The masters program was accredited unconditionally by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (Zentrale Evaluations- und Akkreditierungsagentur) Hannover in November 2005.
Study begins: every winter semester
Study duration: 4 semesters
Tuition fees: There is no tuition fee for the masters program East European Studies. The Freie Universität Berlin’s general immatriculation fees (Information only availaible in German) apply.
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.
Detailed information about this course of study can be found on the website of the Masters Program East European Studies.
Contact: Maria Polugodina (email@example.com) Program Coordinator for Applicants to the Master of Arts East European Studies
East European Studies Online is an accredited English-language distance learning Master’s program. The program was developed as a reaction to the demand for experts on Eastern Europe that increased dramatically as a consequence of the economic and political opening up of Eastern Europe. The two-year advanced studies program qualifies students for responsible tasks referring to Eastern Europe within business, administration, media, (non-governmental) organizations and associations as well as for further scientific research. This innovative program is unique worldwide.
In 2006, EES Online was named one of Germany’s Top Ten international Master’s degree programs. EES Online works with state-of-the-art communication technology that won the Freie Universität Berlin e-learning award 2006 for outstanding blended-learning initiatives.
Multidisciplinarity: Students learn about Eastern Europe from many different perspectives – political, social, economic, cultural, legal amongst others.
Distance learning: Studying and communication takes place mainly via the Internet – using the learning management system Blackboard. Independence from time and location facilitates the reconciliation of studies with professional and family life.
Internationality: Thanks to distance learning and English as the language of instruction, EES Online tutors and students hail from all over the world.
Multimedia learning materials: Besides conventional texts, course units contain digital multimedia elements like audio and video sequences, interactive photo galleries and animations etc.
In-house classes in Berlin: Students meet each other and their tutors four times for one week in Germany’s exciting capital.
Master of Arts: Students receive a Master of Arts degree after the successful completion of the modules and the Master’s thesis.
Representatives from business, research, politics and administration confirm a growing demand for experts on Eastern Europe, yet appropriate education and training is scarce. Thus, the Institute for East European Studies (OEI) at the Freie Universität Berlin has taken the initiative to respond to this obvious need. The OEI is well reputed for its East-West competence.
East European Studies online are set out to be multidisciplinary and contain political, social, historical, cultural, economic and legal knowledge. Students are to be enabled to analyze and interpret developments and situations in Eastern Europe and to assess them within their respective political, social, legal, economic, historical and cultural contexts. Moreover, students will be equipped with the skills that are necessary to work out regional questions and problems in a multidisciplinary and comparative way.
Emphasis is placed on distance learning. 12 modules are presented online via the learning management system Blackboard. Four obligatory in-house classes in Berlin provide for blended learning. Working language is English. Successful completion of the program is rewarded with a master's degree (M.A.).
The program is mainly directed towards postgraduates who wish to gain further qualification. They receive preparation for a professional career, research work or further study.
In 2006, two renowned German organizations for science and teaching, namely Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and the German Academic Exchange Service, named EES online as one of Germany's Top Ten International Master Programs. EES online is the only online program and one out of five social sciences programs to receive this recognition.
The accredited East European Studies online master program provides its students with good knowledge of Eastern Europe.The program teaches the requisites necessary for an employment of East European concern, but also prepares students for further scientific work.
The program consists of four different components:
The complete program takes two years and accounts for 120 ECTS. Applications are welcome from January 1st to April 30th.
Tuition amounts to 4,450.00 € per year of study plus university fees (170 € per year). Costs arising from the in-house periods must be paid by the students themselves (travel expenses, room and board).
The master degree will be awarded if all in-house classeswere attended, all modules were completed successfully,and a master's thesis was approved.
Without knowledge of at least one East European language, access to the different mind-sets and cultures within Eastern Europe is hardly possible. Thus, basic linguistic proficiency in one of the national languages of Eastern Europe has to be proven as part of the admission requirements. Moreover, during the years of completing East European Studies, an augmentation of this language ability has to be achieved. No credit, however, is earned for the fulfillment of this language requirement, since this language requirement is a necessary tool for this type of graduate study. UNIcert I and II are approved certificates of linguistic proficiency. As sufficient offers for language learning exist, the distance learning course itself does not supply them. Assistance in the search for suitable opportunities is available.
For more detailed information, have a look on the website of the master program East European Studies online.