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Russian and Eurasian Studies (MA)

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.

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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 fascinating field. During your studies, you will learn from our faculty members as well as visiting international scholars.

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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 in Russia, Georgia, or other countries.

Admission and Application

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Egbert Fortuin

Senior University Lecturer

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."

Video on the Cyrillic writing system

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There are hundreds of writing systems in the world. Some of these are commonly known, like our Latin alphabet, the Arabic script, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese characters. But what do you know about the Cyrillic alphabet? Check out Dr. Tijmen Pronk's introduction to the writing system of a poem in Russian. The poem is part of the famous Leiden Wall Poems.

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.

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