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Application deadlines

The master program in East European Studies begins once a year for first-year students in the winter semester. Applications are welcome from April 15 to August 15. Early applicants will receive the notice of admission before the deadline.

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 FUB's master homepage

Admission requirements

Are you eligible to study the master program East European Studies? See if you can say ‘yes’ to these requirements:

  • You have a genuine interest in Eastern Europe.

  • You hold a first university degree (B.A., M.A., Diploma, state examination, etc.), preferably in, but not limited to, Political or Social Sciences, Humanities, or Economics.

  • You are fluent in English (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).).

  • You are fluent in German (Applicants whose native language is not German and who graduated from a foreign university must provide proof of German language skills with at least level B2-C1. With DSH 2, C2 and TestDaf 4/4/4/4 - not older than two years - enrollment will ensue. Otherwise you will be invited to take the DSH test. With the result DSH 1 you can be enrolled for two semesters. Further information on German language proficiency).


Our master coordinator Sabine Pag will be happy to provide you with information via email, phone, visit to her office or virtual meeting.

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