How to apply

Entry requirements, programme specific documents and selection

Apply by following the link to the right. If you have any questions regarding the information below, please contact our academic advisor.

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Admission to the program requires the following:

  1. a Bachelor's degree in humanities or social sciences or the equivalent. The undergraduate level degree must include an independent written work corresponding to a Bachelor's thesis (15 credits).
  2. Documented knowledge of English equivalent to English 6. (read more here).
  3. Documented East or Central European language skills*. That is; language proficiency equivalent to either 60 credits at the university level or native proficiency in any of the following languages: Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Yiddish, Croatian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Moldovan, Montenegrin, Modern Greek, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Czech, Ukrainian, Hungarian, or Belarusian.

    *As a reference point for the language skills necessary to participate and complete the programme we have chosen level B1 in the CEFR framework for language proficiency. For this assessment, we accept the following documentation:

    • certificate of completed university level studies in this language, corresponding to 60 credits,

    • certificate of completed upper secondary studies given in this language,

    • certificate of completed native language instruction at the upper secondary level,

    • certificate of a completed internationally recognised language test,

    • certificate of a completed internationally recognised language course/courses,

    • recognition of prior learning (read more here. OBS: application for this needs to be done before the application deadline to the programme – January 15, 2024)

      For questions about the documentation of language skills, please contact our academic advisor.

Programme-specific documents

In order to be considered for admission, you must also provide us with the following documents:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

Read more about what this entails below.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on the following:

  • academic qualifications
  • statement of purpose
  • letters of recommendation

In addition, experience of work, studies and/or internships in relevant countries is an advantage and will also be taken into consideration


Academic qualifications
Grades for courses relevant to the application. An original transcript of grades from the 1st cycle of education (Bachelor) must be included, together with its English translation, if applicable.

Statement of purpose
A text of maximum 500 words, written in English, that describes the fit between the program’s academic orientation and goals and the prospective student’s qualifications and future career ambitions. In other words, you must broadly answer two questions:

  1. How do my qualifications, both academic and outside the academia (civil society involvement, professional activities), make me a good candidate for the Master of Arts in East and Central European Studies?
  2. How do the programme’s structure and goals help me further my personal career goals?

The letter should also make a case for your communication skills. The text should be written in a grammatically correct, well-structured fashion and should showcase your abilities with relevant examples.

Letters of Recommendation
Two letters from persons who have known the prospective student in her/his academic capacity and can evaluate her/his competence.

The letters of recommendation must be written in English on the official stationery of the university or institute the referrer represents. The letter must state clearly the name of the student, in the format Letter of Recommendation for … [name of applicant] The referrer must answer the following questions:
  • In what capacity do you know the applicant?
  • What is your assessment of the applicant’s academic development and achievements?
  • What is your assessment of the applicant’s intellectual ability?
  • What is your assessment of the applicant’s ability to work independently?
  • What is your assessment of the applicant’s academic and personal suitability for our Master of Arts in East and Central European Studies?
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, what is your assessment of the applicant’s proficiency in the English language?
The letter must include the name and contact information (including email and telephone) of the referrer.

Tuition fees

When applying online non-EEA students will be required to pay an application fee. If admitted, non-EEA students will be required to pay before their enrollment the fee covering the first semester of their program.

More information about the tuition fees, payment options, scholarships and funding can be found at


For more information about requirements and selection, please contact our academic advisor.

Sidansvarig: webmastersol.luse | 2023-11-16