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Russian and Eurasian Studies (MA)

In the Russian and Eurasian Studies master's programme our experts devote attention to the most recent developments, currently the war in Ukraine. Several courses will provide context and background about this war.

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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 important field. You will learn from our faculty members as well as visiting international scholars who also devote attention to the most recent developments. Learn more about the study programme

International classrooms and internships

An international classroom makes this a particularly rich learning environment for students. A competitive scholarship and internship programme also gives you the opportunity to study or do an internship abroad.

Admission and Application

Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's programme? Check the entry requirements

Russian Studies students use language skills to help Ukrainian refugees

What started as a call for help in a Facebook group turned into a permanent group of students from the Bachelor's in Russian Studies and the Master's in Russian and Eurasian Studies who regularly help Ukrainian refugees. Master’s students Alexander Hoogerhuis and Berend de Haas tell us about how they are helping. Read more.

Raam op Rusland (Window on Russia)

Raam op Rusland is an online platform with news and background articles about Russia, written by Leiden scholars, students and alumni, and journalists, historians, economists, political scientists and many more. It is a stage for knowledge, analysis and debate. Raam op Rusland is Partner of Leiden University since 2018, every year two or three students of the MA Russian and Eurasian Studies get the opportunity to do an internship. Read more

Symposium on Ukraine in images, words and sounds

At the moment, it appears that mainly the geopolitical and military interpretations of the war in Ukraine are taking the foreground. This symposium emphasized the importance of explanation and reflection from the viewpoint of the humanities. Watch it here.

Egbert Fortuin

Professor of Russian Language and Linguistics

Egbert Fortuin

"Knowledge of Russia and Eurasia offers a unique selling point that makes our students stand out on the job market. There is a growing need for specialists with expertise about the region in a wide variety of professions; from business to journalism to international affairs. We provide opportunities to do internships on the programme and also hold events to bring students into contact with our extensive alumni network and the variety of careers that they have pursued."

NVAO accredited programme

Russian and Eurasian Studies degree

Russian and Eurasian Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Russian and Eurasian Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 21 Communication and marketing
  • 14 Non profit
  • 14 Education
  • 14 Government and semi-government
  • 7 Consultancy
  • 7 IT
  • 7 Research
  • 7 Information management
  • 7 Wholesale and retail
  • 2 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies 2016-2020.

Student Sophie talks about her internship at VPRO

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