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Russian and Eurasian Studies (MA)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Russian and Eurasian Studies, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma requirements

You are eligible to apply for the MA Russian and Eurasian Studies if you have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Russian Studies; or
  • A bachelor’s degree from research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree; and
  • knowledge, understanding of and skills in at least two disciplines of the Master’s programme: politics, international relations, history, economics, linguistics, literature and culture; and
  • academic knowledge of Russian history and society, and
  • a reading command of the Russian language at the level of B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the level and content of a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Russian Studies on the basis of the requirements specified above.

Students with a Bachelor in Russian Studies from Leiden University are directly eligible for admission. Students can apply in Studielink. There is no need to submit an application for admission using the online application portal.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from a research university that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for a pre-master programme tailored to your individual background. After submitting your application in Studielink, the Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be directly admitted to the master’s programme or whether you will first need to complete a pre-master’s programme. It is not possible to apply for a pre-master’s programme directly. Once you have completed the imposed pre-master programme, you will be admitted to the Master’s programme. For questions about the pre-master’s programme please contact the Coordinator of Studies.

The programme offers tailor-made pre-master’s programmes for students with a bachelor’s degree in Russian, Russian Culture, History or Society obtained at a university of applied science (HBO). For questions about the pre-master’s programme please contact the Coordinator of Studies.

Language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:

  • IELTS:    7.0 
  • TOEFL:  100 
  • Cambridge C2 or C1: 185

For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency.

English tests accepted
Results may not be more than two years old! 

  • IELTS: academic modules only 
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept the following types of test: TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined), TOEFL Essentials™  or institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We can accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™  for admission to the academic year 2021-2022, but not yet for 2022-2023 pending national decision-making. As soon as further information is available this webpage will be updated.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada) Singapore, South-Africa or Malta, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be able to read Russian more or less fluently (CEFR: B1).

>> Go to the next step: Step 2: Check the application deadlines

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