Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies

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University of Regensburg

Students completing the East European Studies degree program at the University of Regensburg choose one major field of study and one secondary field. In total, the modular Elite Graduate Program requires 120 credit points which students must obtain over the course of 4 semesters (standard study time). At the end of the program, students are required to submit a final dissertation and complete an oral examination. Graduates of the course are awarded a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. They are then entitled to embark on a doctoral program.


New examination and study regulations will come into effect at the University of Regensburg in the winter semester 2022/23. According to these regulations, the study program is modular. Students are required to complete three modules in the major field of study (27 ECTS credits) and two modules in the secondary field (18 ECTS credits) for the disciplinary field. The study program includes the participation in an international summer school organized by the degree program and an interdisciplinary project course.

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 field of study: 27 (3 modules)
  • Secondary field of study: 18 (2 modules)
  • Project module: 15
  • Language courses: 15
  • Methodology course & summer school: 9
  • Internship: 6
  • Master's / Master thesis: 25
  • Oral examination: 5

Certificates / documents

On graduation, students will be awarded a Master’s certificate, a certificate, an English diploma supplement with transcript of records and a certificate from the Elite Network of Bavaria.

Fields of Study

Students completing the East European Studies degree program choose a major field of study, plus a secondary field.

Detailed descriptions of the subjects offered can be found on the German website.

  1. History and Social Anthropology
  2. Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies
  3. Law and Economics