Eastern European Studies: History-Media – Master of Arts

Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree. This interdisciplinary programme offers you the opportunity to deepen your previous degree studies in the humanities, the social and cultural sciences with a focus on the Eastern European region.

The study programme consists of the specialised fields: Slavic media and cultural studies, and Eastern European history. The interdisciplinary focus will provide you with broad knowledge and methodical skills to understand cultural, historical and media processes. In the context of our international network you can also attend courses of the Eastern European Studies master’s programme at the University of Zurich.

  • Master of Arts
Start of study
  • Winter semester
Standard period of study
  • 4 Semester
Application period
  • 07.05. - 15.07.
Admission restriction
  • No
Mandatory minor
  • No
ECTS Credits
  • 120

Why study Eastern European Studies: History-Media in Konstanz?

  • International networking framework
  • Option of a partially financed semester abroad at one of our partner universities
  • Option of attending courses in the Eastern European Studies master’s programme at the University of Zurich.
  • Joint courses run in cooperation with the University of Zurich
  • Regular cultural and (inter)national events such as study days or the intercultural summer school in Warsaw
  • Forum for creative learning, encounters, exchanges and networking
  • Individual advice offered by our teaching staff

Study content


Career prospects

Above all, the master’s programme will intensify your scientific, cultural and language competencies for Eastern Europe. These competencies form the foundation for you to address relevant issues based on current scientific information and research, and to analyse cultural, historical and media processes in Eastern Europe. As a graduate you will be able to apply your acquired knowledge of the greater area of Eastern Europe systematically and comparatively to European and global history as well as to worldwide media and cultural networks.
Typical career prospects include positions in the business and media sectors, or in cultural, political advisory and educational institutions. This programme also provides you with the necessary skills and competencies to continue with doctoral studies.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Study structure

Start of study

Winter semester

Study structure

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.

These documents will support you in planning your studies:

Opportunities for additional training

At the University of Konstanz, you have a broad range of opportunities and training options that complement your study programme, for example orientation programmes to support new students, learning guidance, language courses, a data and information literacy programme as well as options promoting career-oriented skills and social commitment.

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Internships and stays abroad


Internships help you to gain insights into various professional areas and to build up contacts. Your department or the university's Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Stay abroad

During your studies we highly recommend a period of study abroad (usually in the third semester) at one of our Eastern European partner universities. The staff responsible for the study programme, our Student Advice Service and the International Office will support you when planning and carrying out your period of study abroad. There is also a possibility of partial funding for your semester abroad.

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Study requirements

Admission requirements for studying

  • Degree with the grade "good" (2.0) or better of a three-year (or more) study programme at an institution of higher education or 'Berufsakademie' in a subject relevant for the MA Eastern Europe: History - Media (usually: cultural and social sciences, history). Minimum degree: Bachelor of Arts [BA] or equivalent. A selection committee decides on the relevance of your previous study programme for the MA Eastern Europe.
  • Good Slavic language skills (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
  • International applicants have to document good German language skills (DSH level 2 or 4 points (or more) in all 4 areas of the TestDaf)
  • Letter of motivation and curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference written by academic teachers

Further information can be found in the admission regulations.


Semester fee
All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Required language skills

Foreign language skills
You have to provide documentation of advanced skills in a Slavic language, level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

German language skills
International applicants additionally need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Teaching and examination language

Courses are taught in German, in English or a Slavic language. Language of examination is – depending on the exam and agreement – German or English

Interests and skills

  • You enjoy reading literary and academic texts
  • Passion for Slavic languages
  • You are interested in history and culture in the Slavic language area
  • Your ability to express yourself in German and in Russian is very good


Application and application documents

Application documents

Application is online only. After you have applied online, please send the following documents to the university:

  • Application for admission (can be printed after completing the online application), please attach 1 passport photo;
  • Documentation of your academic degree. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your academic achievements (relevant for your final degree) so far;
  • Documentation of your Slavic language skills (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
  • Letter of motivation and curriculum vitae
  • 2 letters of reference written by academic teachers
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’).

    Important note: Please note the information provided under the tab "Admission requirements".

International applicants:

  • If your documents are not available in German or English, you will need to have them translated. Please submit a German or English translation of your documents along with the original versions.
  • Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent
  • Applicants from China, India and Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy of your home country

An application is possible during the following period: 07.05. - 15.07.
There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website .


Contact person

The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) can help you with general questions about finding the right study programme as well as when you are concerned or unsure about your studies. We will be happy to advise you and support you with a wide range of services .

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)
Room: D 409 – 412a
Make an appointment: termin.zsb@uni-konstanz.de

Questions related to the content or organization of the study programme:
Departmental student advisory service
Prof. Dr. Pavel Kolăř
Room: F 348
Phone: +49 7531 88-3821
Email: pavel.kolar@uni-konstanz.de

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