We hope that you know all about East European Studies after having browsed through our website. Still, here we compiled a list of frequently asked questions. Perhaps your question has already been answered below? If not, please do write us an email specifying your concern.
Do I need to have studied one of the six disciplines (Economics, Humanities,History, Law, Politics, Sociology)?
Prefererably you have, but you are welcome to apply with any other major and to specify your interest in pursuing East European Studies.
Can I receive credit for any kind of earlier studies in the same field?
No, credits earned within other programs cannot be recognized. The only exception are credits earned within our exchange program with the Aleksanteri Institute Helsinki.
Is the program accredited?
Yes, the program was accredited by the German Council on Accreditation in November 2005. This accreditation is still valid.
Is East European Studies a full-fledged master program?
Yes. East European Studies is a blended-learning program with high standards. The degree is as recognized as any other degree offered by Freie Universität Berlin. In 2006, East European Studies was recognized as one of the Top 10 Master Degree Courses made in Germany.
How many ECTS credits does the program come with?
The master program East European Studies is a two-year program providing 120 credits according to ECTS standards.
When will be the next chance for participating in the program?
The program starts every year in October. Check our website for calls for applications. Applications are welcome via our online application tool by March 31 each year. Late applications might be possible. Ask us!
Does a passed intermediate examination suffice as a substitute for a university degree?
No, a bachelor or an equivalent first university degree is required.
Do I have to have all my transcripts translated?
No, only a certified translation of your university diploma is needed and only if it is written in any other language than German, English, French, Spanish or Italian. Chinese and Mongolian certificates, however, have to be attested by the German Embassy in Beijing.
What is the FU Berlin's TOEFL code?
FU Berlin does not have a TOEFL code. At the test center you will be asked where you would like the TOEFL score to be sent to. Provide the following address:
Freie Universität Berlin
Institute for East European Studies
If you have already passed the test: You do not need to hand in your original TOEFL record. A certified copy is acceptable.
How do I get my study material?
You will learn via our online learning management system (Blackboard). Within this system all you need is assembled: the modules with all their material including tasks, compulsory reading, discussion boards and so on.
Can I get a certificate for individual modules?
We expect all master students to complete the whole program. If you wish to study merely a few modules, please consider our stand-alone modules.
How about an exchange option with another university?
East European Studies offers a virtual exchange option with the Aleksanteri Institute (AI) in Helsinki. One of our modules may be substituted with up to two online modules offered by Aleksanteri Institute (depending on the modules' length and credits).
Do I have to participate in the in-house classes?
Yes, participation is obligatory.
Where will the in-house classes take place?
As a rule, in-house classes take place in Berlin on the Freie Universität Berlin campus at the end of September / beginning of October and at the end of February / beginning of March.
Will I be helped in visa matters?
Usually, our students do not face any problems when applying for a visa. We are ready to help should any problem arise.
Can I apply for "Bildungsurlaub"?
In Germany, in-house classes are recognized as "Bildungsurlaub". The conditions depend on the federal country you are working in. Please ask us if you wish to profit from such a regulation.
Do you offer any scholarships?
Unfortunately, for the time being we cannot offer any financial assistance. You must pay tuition as well as the costs arising from attending the in-house classes on your own.
Can you advise on other scholarship opportunities?
Scholarships can be researched, e.g., either on the DAAD website or at the following scholarship data base (unfortunately only in German, but also for foreign students). Click here for a commented compilation of selected scholarship donors. You can also contact the relevant Freie Universität Berlin office. German students or students living in Germany can check for student loans here. Or you may take a look at the European Funding Guide.
What if I have trouble paying the tuition fee at once?
As a rule, tuition must be paid for one year in advance. However, we can offer the payment in quarterly or half-yearly installments.
Are program costs tax deductable?
In Germany, tuition fees as well as all other costs incurred concerning studying can be claimed in your tax declaration.
Can I finance my studies through training funds or student loans?
Under certain circumstances, training funds offer favorable financing opportunities for your master studies. In Germany, there are the Deutsche Bildung GmbH and the Bildungsfonds that support students up to 1,000 € per month. Several banks offer student loans. Please ask your bank for the conditions that apply.
Will my employer cover the tuition fees?
Your employer most probably appreciates your initiative to qualify further and is interested in you directly implementing the newly acquired knowledge within the organization. Some employers support their employees financially and cover the costs of their studies. Please ask your supervisor or HR manager for your options.
What happens after I graduate? Will I still be part of the program’s network?
After graduation, you are invited to join our alumni network. It is made up of alumni from all the different programs offered by the Center for Global Politics. You have access to an alumni forum where you find job and conference announcements, blogs about international relations issues and more. You receive the East European Studies Online newsletter and are invited to graduation ceremonies, guest lectures and social gatherings. You might even take part in the annual international alumni workshop. (The last workshops took place in Vietnam, Lithuania, Poland, and Cambodia.) The alumni network allows you to stay in touch with other alumni from all over the world, with students and with the program team.