Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies

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When can I submit my application?

Applications can be submitted every year between 1 April and 15 June.

Are grants available for this degree program?

Unfortunately not. All students who enter onto the degree program will be recommended for the Max Weber program. For students engaged on Elite Graduate Programs, the upper age limit of 23 does not apply. We also offer German and international students support in seeking scholarships. If you are an international applicant, you can look on the DAAD and BAYHOST websites. See also: Database for scholarship search.

When can I apply for a place on the Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies?

If you have already graduated in a relevant subject (B.A. level) and meet all other requirements, you may apply for a place on the Master’s degree program.

Can I continue with my current degree part-time?

No. The Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies is full-time. For this reason, you will have to re-register, or request a transfer from your current degree program.

Can I complete the graduate program as a part-time student, i.e. taking 6 or 8 semesters?
No. The Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies is a full-time degree program which is designed to take four semesters.

If I enrol for East European Studies, can I spend one of the semesters abroad?

Yes. Due to the curriculum, which includes a mandatory project course during the 1st and 2nd semesters, you cannot study abroad before the 3rd semester.

I won’t receive my graduation certificate until the end of the summer semester. Can I apply now for the Elite Graduate Program, and hand the certificate in later?

Yes. At the latest, you will have to submit your graduation certificate when you register or apply for a transfer. Please include a preliminary transcript of records with your application. If possible, please also enclose a letter from your current university confirming that you are in the process of completing your degree.

Can I apply to begin the Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies in the summer semester?

No, you may only begin this graduate program in the winter semester.

Are there tuition fees for the Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies?

No, there are no tuition fees.

I’m an international student. Can I apply for the graduate program?

Yes, but you will need to furnish evidence of a high level of proficiency in German, a good level of proficiency in English and a first degree in which you have obtained a good or excellent grade, preferably in a subject which is relevant to the degree program. More information

In the TestDaF German language test, can I make up for one of the Level 3 subsections by completing a different subsection to level 5?

No. We only accept the TestDaF German language test if you pass all four subsections of level 4. If you fail to reach level 4 in any of the sections, we regret that we cannot accept the test.

Can I apply if I graduated abroad?

Yes, if the degree in question is an accepted university degree corresponding to a B.A., Magister, M.A. or diploma. The International Offices at LMU Munich and Regensburg University will check to see whether your degree entitles you to enrol on a Master’s degree in Germany.

Can I study East European Studies in English?

No. In most courses involved in this graduate program, lectures are held in German. A few lectures are offered in English.

Are there language courses for East European languages which begin at level zero, or do I need to have a certain amount of background knowledge?

In order to apply for this graduate program, you need a basic working knowledge of at least one of the East European languages listed on the application form. During the graduate program, you can continue your study of this language (or multiple languages) and also learn an entirely new East European language. Beginner courses for most languages start in the winter semester. Please see the websites of the respective faculties or language centers for details of the courses offered.

Can I apply to study at just one of the two universities involved?

It makes sense to choose one university. However, if you are still unsure where you wish to study at the time of applying, please enter the name of one of the two universities on the application form as a preliminary measure, and talk to us about your choice during your interview. The universities are not assigned certain quotas, so which university you apply to will not affect your chances of being awarded a place on the graduate program. If you are interested in a subject offered by the other university, you can select it as a minor subject or attend additional courses there.

Must I have acquired my first degree in the very recent past?

There are no time restrictions here. However, the graduate program is primarily designed for young students who want to move straight on from a B.A. to an M.A.

Can I apply for a place on the East European Studies degree program if I have a UAS degree?

Yes. Your aptitude has to be determined separately (see next question).

Does my first degree have to be in one of the subjects involved in the graduate program?

Preferably yes. However, we will examine each case on its own merits to decide whether students with unrelated degrees are likely to complete the graduate program successfully.

Can I transfer credit points from my previous course of study?

Under certain circumstances, yes. Please talk to the program coordinator.

If I obtain an M.A. in East European Studies, do I meet the formal requirements for beginning a doctorate?


What level of proficiency do I need to have in English in order to qualify for the Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies?

When you submit your application, you need to include a copy of a certificate testifying to a “good level of proficiency” in English. A good level of proficiency equates to the level achieved in at least five consecutive years of language lessons in school. Further, applicants will be required to pass a short, written (subject-related) English test as part of the interview procedure.