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Application deadlines

The Master's program in Eastern European Studies begins once a year for first-year students in the winter semester. Applications are welcome from April 15 to May 31.

Higher semesters apply from July 01 to August 15 for the winter semester and from January 01 to February 15 for the summer semester.

The admission regulations from the Official Gazette 5/2018 apply (in German).

Applicants who have obtained their degree in Germany apply via the online application of Freie Universität Berlin. Applicants who have obtained their degree abroad should apply via uni-assist. For more detailed information, please refer to the Master's homepage of the FUB

Admission requirements

  • A professionally qualifying German or equivalent foreign degree from a university with a study portion of at least 60 credit points in one of the following disciplines: political science, sociology, economics, history or cultural studies. If these credit points are spread over several of the aforementioned disciplines, a study portion amounting to at least 40 credit points must be in one of the aforementioned disciplines.

  • Knowledge of the English language at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Please note that proof of six years of schooling in English or proof of equivalent language testing for the B2 degree is a requirement of your application. Recognized equivalent qualifications are: IELTS 5.0; Cambridge Examinations: First Certificate (FCE); Advanced (CAE); Proficiency (CPE).

  • Applicants whose native language is not German and who have obtained their degree at a foreign university must provide proof of German language skills at level C1. This can be done by passing the German Language Test for University Admission (DSH) or by proving an equivalent level of proficiency. (Further information on German language proficiency).


Our Master's coordinator Sabine Pag will be happy to provide you with information. Virtual office hours can be arranged promptly upon request.

Provisional supervision commitments for scholarship providers

If you need a preliminary confirmation of supervision for a scholarship provider (e.g. DAAD), please send the following documents to the Master's Coordinator by e-mail or mail:

  • Tabular curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation for the desired course of study
  • Proof of previous academic achievements