The Programme

studyThe Master’s School in Russian and East European Studies was established in 1998, and it is maintained by the network of twelve Finnish universities. It is coordinated by Aleksanteri Institute, the Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies, which operates as a national centre of research, study and expertise pertaining to Russia and Eastern Europe, particularly in the social sciences and humanities.

The Master’s School is a unique combination of multidisciplinarity and cooperation between universities, and it offers a greater course supply to its students than any individual university would be able to offer. In addition to offering courses on Russia and Eastern Europe, the Master's School arranges a Summer School in Russian and East European Studies, organizes seminars backing Master’s theses, financially supports inter-university mobility, creates new opportunities for international mobility and for study trips to Russia and to Eastern and Central European countries.

Only the students of the network universities are eligible to apply to the programme. Foreign exchange students can utilize different exchange programmes with Finnish universities and they can benefit from the Master’s School's course supply of their respective host universities. If a foreign student is enrolled at one of the Finnish network member universities as a Master’s degree student, he/she can apply to the Master's School on equal terms with the Finnish students. (Read more on How to apply?)

Since the coordinating unit Aleksanteri Institute is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki and not part of any faculty, it does not grant degrees. For the students of Finnish universities, the studies in the Master’s School constitute a part of their MA degree. They will continue their studies and graduate from their home university and department. Upon the completion of their Master’s degrees and studies in the Master’s School in Russian and East European Studies, the students are equipped with competence in their major subject discipline provided by their own department along with in-depth expertise in Russia and Eastern Europe gained in the Master’s School.