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Eastern European and Russian Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #458 (QS) ,
The Eastern European and Russian Studies Programme at Vilnius University is devised to provide with deep and comprehensive knowledge about the region - its political, economic and cultural particularities, and develop your academic and analytical skills that will enable students to analyse, evaluate and assess key political and social processes within this dynamic and exciting region.


Why study Eastern European and Russian Studies at Vilnius University?

You will:

  • Explore Eastern Europe from modern and cosy Vilnius
  • Build your expertise by studying in one of the leading research institutions in the region
  • Join the lively hub of field experts and practitioners
  • Experience Russia in one hour distance
  • Take part in study trips to Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine.
  • Conduct an internship in leading foreign policy institutions and think-tanks

Career Opportunities 

After you find out the difference between glastnost and perestroika, what will you be able to achieve? Graduates have found a number of different possibilities: some pursue their careers as civil servants in public administration institutions and diplomatic service.

Others work as analysts and experts in the international organizations, academic and research institutions, private sector in Lithuania and abroad. And just in case you wish to spread your knowledge and learn even more as a graduate of the Eastern and Central European studies you will have access to the third cycle (doctoral studies).

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Economic Transformation: From Command Economy to a New System
  • Search and Research: Methods and Approaches in Political Science
  • State and Society in Eastern Europe and Russia: From Autocracy to Democracy
  • Inventing Eastern Europe: Explorations of the European East
  • Russian Politics and Economy in Post-modern World
  • Eastern European Security

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Bachelor degree or its equivalent;
  • English language proficiency - the level not lower than B2 (following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (Internationally recognized certificate or Skype interview)

  • The selection criterion is based on the weighted average of all grades recorded in the transcript of your academic report.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3200 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3200 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Vilnius

  • 490 - 860 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


State Funded PlacesCitizens of countries of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), persons (non-EU/EEA) granted a right of permanent residence in the Republic of Lithuania, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the Diaspora and people of Lithuanian origin can apply for the State Funded Place in the programme.For more information, please contact 

Tuition Fee Waiver

Tuition waiver will be awarded to the most motivated and competent international non-EU/EEA student applying for Master’s degree programme of Eastern European and Russian studies. This scholarship only covers the full cost of the tuition fee. 

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