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East and Central European Studies - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

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Take part of a unique education within a field with growing relevance for both governments and business in Europe and beyond!

The Master's programme in East and Central European is a top-level education that opens up a career in governmental administration, business, military, mass media, but also prepares for further education at the postgraduate level. Here, historical, political, linguistic and cultural scientific perspectives are amalgamated in the study of the region of Eastern and Central Europe.

A unique feature of the programme is the combination of analytical focus on current social, cultural and political developments in the region with solid language training.

The programme is given at the Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University in cooperation with the Department of Intercultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen. A collaboration between two of Europe's leading universities located in different countries but only an hour apart by train over the Öresund Bridge.

As a student on this programme, you will learn to:

  • independently distinguish, formulate and investigate different themes and problems of relevance in Eastern and Central Europe;
  • critically review and compile sources in at least one Eastern and Central European language,
  • apply subject-relevant knowledge of science theory and methodology, with emphasis on aspects that are central to studies of Eastern and Central Europe;
  • use in-depth knowledge of complex cultural, political and historical problems of particular relevance for Eastern and Central Europe to analyse different kind of situations and make informative assessments about them;
  • develop project management and communication skills.

Find out more details about programme structure and content here:

Career prospects

Knowledge and competence in central and eastern European societies, languages and cultures is relatively scarce in Western Europe. But political and economic trends indicate that it is a competence that will grow in demand, both among different levels of governmental bodies (from UN and EU to local government) and NGOs, as well as among private businesses who want to reach out to the growing markets in these regions.

Not least is demand for this kind of education high in the Öresund region. Organizations such as UN City Copenhagen, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Oxfam Sweden, Individual Human Aid, Kultur Skåne, the Danish Cultural Institute and the Swedish Institute all have a constant need for employees with solid language skills, a good ability to produce information material, lead projects and provide competent socio-political analysis on issues relating to these regions. The compulsory course in project management, will also prepare our students for work in the business community as communicators, project managers, consultants and social analysts.

There is also a demand for postgraduate Eastern and Central European scientists within higher education. After completing a master's degree in the subject, students have the opportunity to continue as doctoral students at the partner institutions, but also to apply for employment in the global academic market.

Open for applications

Application opportunities

Now open for late applications!

The regular application round has closed, but this programme is accepting late applications. See all programmes that are currently open for late applications on and apply now.

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Academic Advisor

Robert Ekdahl

Phone: +46 46-222 84 60

Email: robert [dot] ekdahl [at] sol [dot] lu [dot] se

Programme Coordinator

Tomas Sniegon

Phone: +46 46 222 33 93

Email: tomas [dot] sniegon [at] eu [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Admission to the program requires a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in humanities or social sciences or the equivalent. The undergraduate level degree must include an independent written work corresponding to the Bachelor's thesis.

Another requirement is demonstrated knowledge of English equivalent to English 6, as well as requirements for documented language skills:

- equivalent to at least 30 credits at university level in Bosnian, Croatian, Modern Greek, Montenegrin, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian or Yiddish;

 - equivalent to antigen 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.

Selection criteria

Selection is based on academic qualifications (grades from courses with subject content of special relevance to the education, especially the degree project), two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose explaining why the applicant is suitable for the program and what he / she expects from it. In addition, experience of work, studies and/or internships in Eastern and Central Europe is an advantage and will also be taken into consideration.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

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Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.

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Start Autumn Semester 2022

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

29 August 2022 - 2 June 2024


Late applications are being accepted

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Programme-specific documents

When applying for the Master’s in Eastern and Central European Studies, you must also submit a statement of purpose (letter of intent) and two letters of recommendation with your application.

Instructions for the statement of purpose on the Faculty website (will be updated soon)


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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 220 000

First payment: SEK 55 000

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Paying your application fee –

Exemptions from paying the application fee –

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations