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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.

Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances

The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2020-2021 academic year.

For this master’s programme this means that students are allowed to complete their bachelor’s programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and will already be allowed to begin the master’s programme on 1 September 2020. The following additional conditions apply:

  • You will need a minimum of 165 ECTS of the 180 bachelor’s ECTS to get admission to start the master’s programme of your choice. 
  • You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest.

This option does not apply for students from non-EER countries or students from applied universities.

For this master’s programme, this means that you will be allowed to complete your premaster programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and start with your master’s programme on 1 September 2020. You will have to complete your pre-master programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest. The following additional condition applies:

  • For admission to the master’s you should have no more than 15 EC unfinished credits from your pre-master’s programme. If a BA-thesis is part of your premaster, you should have finished the BA thesis before the start of the Master programme.

Enrol in and request admission to both programmes (bachelor and master):

  1. Fill in this form before 15 June.
  2. Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
  3. Request admission in uSis before 15 June
  4. Re-enrol for the bachelor’s programme before 1 September for a maximum of one month.

Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2020 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 31 August 2021 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.
You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.


If you have any questions about admission and enrolment, please use the online contact form to contact the Student Affairs Front Office, using ‘Admission request’ as the subject.

Diploma requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university (in the specialisation): Bachelor programme Russian Studies
  • Completed the pre-Master's / bridging programme. Read more here.

The Faculty Board may, on request, grant admission to applicants who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Faculty Board that they possess a level of knowledge, understanding and skills equal to that of holders of a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Russian Studies. 

You should have knowledge, understanding of and skills in at least two disciplines of the Master’s programme: politics, international relations, history, economics, linguistics, literature and culture.

You should also have 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.

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 about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, 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.

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

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