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What will I learn?

The master’s in Russian and Eurasian Studies draws on Leiden University's status as an international centre of expertise in the study of Russia and Eurasia.

Why study Russian and Eurasian Studies at Leiden University?

This one-year master’s degree explores Russia and the Eurasian world from the perspectives of language, literature and culture, or politics, history and economics. Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities has been studying Russia and the Slavic world since 1913. Scholars from around the world come to Leiden University to study and teach this fascinating field. During your studies, you will learn from our faculty members as well as visiting international scholars.

Flexibility to construct your own programme

A flexible degree format means that you can focus your studies on Russia's language, literature and culture, or on its politics, history, international relations and economics. You can also combine elements from the two focus areas. At Leiden we offer courses taught nowhere else in the Netherlands.

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University

What our graduates do

The master’s programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies degree is a qualification that will open doors to a wide range of careers.

Our graduates have found positions as:

  • Academic staff member for Eastern European collection at an international legal library
  • Political editor at a governmental information service
  • Regional coordinator at a human rights organisation
  • Librarian of Eastern European material at an international legal archive
  • Partner for management and business development at a trading company
  • Junior consultant at a software company
  • Information manager at a network organisation of consultants and policy experts
  • Project manager/policy advisor at a public management association
  • Communications officer at an NGO

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,31,018) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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