Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies

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The Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies cooperates with major research institutes in Bavaria which focus on Eastern Europe. Staff from these institutions also give lectures.

Central cooperation partner is the Elite Network of Bavaria. The elite study course was opened in 2004 as a part of the Elite Network of Bavaria and was financed by it until 2017. The aim of the Elite Network is to identify promising talents at Bavarian universities and to support them in their academic development.

Scientific cooperation partners

Bavarian State Library

For teaching purposes, the graduate program has an ongoing cooperation with the Bavarian state library, which has an special section on Eastern Europe. The methodology and research course which students on the East European studies degree program complete each year is conducted in collaboration with the Eastern Europe department in the Bavarian state library.

Collegium Carolinum

The Collegium Carolinum is concerned with the history and the present of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and sometimes other countries in East Central Europe as well. It initiates and carries out research projects, organizes academic conferences, issues publications, and provides important background research services.

German-Ukrainian History Committee (DUHK)

The German-Ukrainian History Committee (DUHK) was established in February 2015. Hence its endeavour to create an institutional link between German and Ukrainian historiography is still in its infancy, as is also its aim to promote the mutual sharing of knowledge on German and Ukrainian history.

Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a joint programme by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München and the Universität Regensburg (UR). The primary goal is to create an academic environment for innovative research and for successfully completing outstanding doctoral projects in the research field of East and Southeast European Studies.

Institute for Eastern European Law

The Institute for Eastern European Law, founded in 1957, systematically researches legal systems in Central and Eastern European and CIS countries, including legal practice and jurisprudence. It publishes the results of its research in Germany and abroad, and seeks to strengthen academic discussion and international relationships in all areas of law.

Institute for German Culture and History in South Eastern Europe (IKGS)

The Institute for German Culture and History in South Eastern Europe (IKGS) at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU) researches the history, literature and languages of German settlements and places of origin in East-Central and South Eastern Europe in their different historic and regional contexts.

Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS)

The Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies is one of the largest and longest-established institutions of its kind in Germany. It brings historical, economic and other social science expertise to bear on interdisciplinary research fields that are oriented towards transnational and comparative perspectives. The focus lies especially on Southeast Europe and the territory of the former Soviet Union.


The virtual Eastern Europe library Osmikon is a regional, interdisciplinary web portal which offers free access to a wide range of Eastern Europe research to all who are interested.

Southeast Europe Association

The Southeast Europe Association (Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft – SOG) is an organization that seeks to bridge political debate with scientific dialog and socio-cultural exchange about Southeast Europe. Its aim is to further the scientific, political, economic and cultural relations with countries in Southeast Europe and too accentuate the knowledge about historical and contemporary developments in the region;

Other cooperation partners

Alumni Association “AMUROst e.V.”

The joint Alumni Association “AMUROst e.V.” of the Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies (ESG) and the Graduate School for East and South-East European Studies (GS) unites experts on Eastern Europe. The aim is to enable former students to forge contacts and make it easier for students, doctoral students and former alumni to share information on their respective career paths and opportunities, discuss academic themes and provide business and political contacts with support on questions concerning Central, South-East and Eastern Europe.


The Bavarian University Center for Central, East and South-East Europe, which is based in Regensburg but responsible for all of Bavaria, is of particular interest to students on the East European Studies degree program as it offers support in finding internships, organizes language courses and awards grants.