Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies

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Students completing the East European Studies degree program choose one major subject at either of the two universities, and one secondary subject.

The curriculum is divided into modules. Each module, which extends over a maximum of two consecutive semesters, consists of at least two interrelated courses. Students are required to complete (at least) two modules in their major subject, (at least) two modules in their secondary subject and one interdisciplinary project module. In addition, students select as many electives from the programs offered as they need to achieve 30 ECTS in their major field of study and 20 ECTS in their secondary subject.

As part of the course, students are required to attend an international summer school organized by the degree program. Further mandatory requirements for the degree program include the acquisition of language skills in one or more East European languages (also for students whose mother tongue is an East European language) and an internship in Eastern Europe (or with a connection to Eastern Europe) lasting for at least one month. In order to graduate, students must complete a Master’s thesis (60-80 pages) and sit an oral examination (60 minutes) on their major field of study.

120 ECTS credits

Major subject: 30 (two modules plus electives)
Secondary subject: 20 (two modules plus electives)
Project module: 10
Language courses: 16
Summer school: 8
Internship: 6
Master's / Master thesis: 24
Oral examination: 6

Catalog of modules / Module guide


Module guide in German (PDF file with 190 KB)


Module guide in German (PDF file with 89.3 KB)