Eastern European Studies: History-Media – Master of Arts

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Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree.

The Master’s Programme in East European Studies: History-Media is a double degree programme run in cooperation the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) in Moscow.

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. Our students have the option of gaining a double degree with the University of Konstanz and the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) in Moscow. 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.

Overview

DegreeMaster of Arts
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study4 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.9.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS120

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

  • Option of gaining a double degree with the University of Konstanz and the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) in Moscow
  • 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

Content

Prospects and opportunities

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.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

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


Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad

Internships

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.

Study 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.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • 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

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.

Language(s) of instruction

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

Admission requirements

  • 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

For details, please see the admission regulations.

Fees

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 some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be 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' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

The study programme begins in the winter semester only. The application period is 1 May - 15 July. There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). Please check the university website for more information.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.9. (winter semester). 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.

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
  • If applicable, 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:

  • Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent
  • Applicants from China: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing
  • Applicants from Mongolia: APS-certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Ulan Bator
  • Applicants from Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Hanoi
  • Applicants from Georgia: please submit a declaration of consent for the verification of your documents' authenticity by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZaB) in Bonn, Germany.

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