Leaders in business, research, politics, and administration confirm a growing demand for experts on Eastern Europe, yet appropriate education and training are scarce. Thus, Freie Universität Berlin has taken the initiative to respond to this obvious need. The FU Institute for East European Studies is well reputed for its East-West competence.
East European Studies Online is set out to be multidisciplinary and contains political, social, historical, cultural, economic, and legal knowledge. Students are enabled to analyze and interpret developments and situations in Eastern Europe and to assess them within their respective political, social, legal, economic, historical and cultural contexts. Moreover, students will be equipped with the skills that are necessary to work out regional questions and problems in a multidisciplinary and comparative way.
The emphasis is placed on online learning. Multimedia, in particular electronic media, is used to convey the contents. The units will be presented online. Additionally, there will be two obligatory in-house classes per year. The working language is English. Successful completion is rewarded with a Master's degree (M.A.).
The program is mainly directed at postgraduates who wish to gain further qualification. They receive preparation for a professional career, research work or further study.
East European Studies is an officially accredited Master of Arts program.
Participants have to be fluent in English and should have at least one year of working experience.