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East European Studies

East European Studies focuses on the historical, political and cultural diversity of Eastern Europe and on the relation between Eastern Europe and the West and the European Union.

This minor concentrates on current events and includes both Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, with special attention for Southeastern Europe and the Caucasus in the electives. The first semester consists of introductions in Russian and Soviet history (twentieth century) and in the position of Central and Eastern Europe in International Relations. The second semester offers electives that focus on one of the regions of East European Studies.

Study schedule

Semester 1

  • 20th Century Russian and Soviet History (6 EC)
  • The Trials of Communism: Justice and Ideology in Central-Eastern Europe (6 EC)
  • Major Workshop East-European Studies

Semester 2

  • Russian Pop culture
  • Soft Power? Russia's cultural politics in the 'near abroad'

Related Master's programmes

The minor in East European Studies may serve as a good preparation for students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme in European Studies, e.g.: East European StudiesIdentity and Integration or European Policy. You could also think of the Dutch taught Master's programme Duitslandstudies.  

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. This entails that you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in your propaedeutic year. 

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes.


It is no longer possible to apply for the minor in East European Studies in the academic year 2020-2021. The maximum number of participants has been reached.

A minor in Humanities

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. You can find more information on the following website:

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Studielast 30 EC,
Voertaal Engels
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