How to apply

Entry requirements and selection criteria


Admission to the program requires the following:

  • 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).
  • Documented knowledge of English equivalent to English 6. (read more here).
  • Documented East and Central European language skills in one of the following two ways:
  1. equivalent to at least 30 credits at university level in Bosnian, Croatian, Modern Greek, Montenegrin, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian or Yiddish;
  2. equivalent to either 60 credits at the university level or mother tongue* in Albanian, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Modern Greek, Moldavian, Montenegrin, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian or Yiddish.

*By mother tongue we mean that you speak, read and write the language in question fluently. That is, to a degree equivalent to a native speaker who have successfully completed an upper secondary education in this language.

Programme-specific supporting documents

When applying for the Master’s in Eastern and Central European Studies, you must also submit the following types of documents with your application (more details below):

  • a Statement of Purpose
  • two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Documents attesting to relevant work, studies, internships or other kind of activities relating to the field of East- and Central European Studies may also be included in your application.


In our selection process, we will first and foremost consider the following:

  • Academic qualifications
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation

Special consideration is also given to

  • experience of work, studies and/or internships in Eastern and Central Europe

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 | 2022-08-16