Southeast European Studies

Study information
Key facts
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
245,27 €
Study start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Part-time possible
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Programme summary

The Master of Arts in Southeast European Studies teaches students how to conduct independent academic work in a traditional interdisciplinary field. Students will be able to recognize, analyse, and present complex interconnections using a wide range of factual and methodical knowledge. In particular, they will learn the following:

  • Methods of conducting historical studies
  • Methods of modern linguistics as well as historical-comparative linguistics
  • Methods of literature and cultural studies
  • Research on nationalism and ethnicity
  • Issues and methods of European ethnology and social anthropology
  • Comparative and interdisciplinary questions and how to solve them.

Special features

Core disciplines at the University Jena are South Slavonic Studies, Romanian Studies and Eastern European History. In the teaching curriculum, also other established study programmes are involved, in particular Political Science and Religious Studies. The various core elements can be selected individually.

Students will perfect their skills by studying abroad or doing an internship in Southeast Europe. Courses in two languages should be taken to improve the level of proficiency attained by the end of their bachelor's programme. They may choose between Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Romanian, Albanian, Modern Greek, Hungarian, or Turkish. At least 10 credits must be earned one of the following Southeast European languages: Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, or Romanian.

Career opportunities

Graduates have advanced skills in the public presentation of academic concepts and a profound understanding of the language(s) and culture(s) of their Southeast European country of choice. They are thus well equipped for a variety of professions in Southeast Europe as well as for work at international political and cultural organizations. Alternatively, graduates of this programme may choose to earn a Ph.D.

Admission requirements

University degree Show content

For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or an equivalent degree that contains modules of at least 60 credits (ECTS) from one of the disciplines connected to the programme: History, South Slavonic Studies, Romance Studies, Romanian Studies, Religious Studies (Theology) and Political Science.

The bachelor's final grade (CGPA) must be GOOD or higher (German and US systems).

language requirements Show content

For this master's programme the following language proficiencies are required:

  • proficiency in at least one language from Southeast Europe on level A2 (CEFR)

Application documents

Registration form Show content

The registration form is the single document you need to submit in paper during the application process (all other documents must be scanned and uploaded as PDF files to our online application portal). Once you finish an online application, this document will be generated under the filename "Application for admission at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to the masters programme". You need toprint out this document, sign it and send itwithin the application timeframe via regular mail to the Master Service Centre.

CV Show content

Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

Motivation letter Show content

A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:

  • Why do you desire taking up this specific course of studies?
  • What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
  • Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
  • Why Jena?


University entrance qualification certificate Show content

Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

Previous university degrees earned Show content

All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

Detailed transcript of records Show content

Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme. This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

Proof of relevant work experience Show content

Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of subject-specific practical experience Show content

Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of language proficiency Show content

You have to submit the following proofs of language proficiency:

  • proficiency in at least one language from Southeast Europe on level A2 (CEFR), such as Bulgarian, Serbian/Croatian, Romanian, Hungarian, modern Greek, Turkish, Albanian

Additional application documents for international students

Proof of German language proficiency Show content

For German taught masters programmes, i.e. programmes with (predominantly) German as language of instruction a German proficiency proof at the level DSH-2 or an accepted equivalent certificate  is mandatory. Please see the information on the language requirements for the masters programmes of your interest on the corresponding website.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena accepts the following certificates as German proficiency proof exclusively:

  • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS),
  • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II),
  • the TestDaF, minimum TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination,
  • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule,
  • a German language examination in the framework of an assessment test at a preparatory college.

Please note: If you  do not have the required mandatory German proficiency proof at the time of application, you can only apply if you can show a certificate attesting your German language skills at least at the Level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as well as a confirmation that you have either registered for the DSH examination, the TestDaF or an equivalent examination or that you have sat it and are going to receive the results before the end of the current semester.

There is also the possibility to apply for the (chargeable) "German Language Course Preparing for the German Language Examination (DSH)" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Please note: Prerequisites for the application for the preparatory course are language skills at least at the certificate level B1 / GER (e.g.Goethe-Zertifikat B1,TestDaFat least 4x3 and/or 800 teaching units from a recognizedlanguage school). For detailed information on the application and further information, please visit the website of the International Office or contact the International Office directly via Mail.

Shortly before taking the DSH-2-Examination or after successfully passing it, you are welcome to apply for a German taught masters programme!

The following applicants are exempted from providing proof of their German language skills:

  • applicants, who have obtained a German taught bachelors degree within one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries);
  • holders of a German, Austrian or Swiss (from school where the language of instruction is German) university entrance qualification.
translation of foreign/external application documents Show content

Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

Proof of grading system Show content

External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system used at the respective University.

Certificate APS Show content

Applicants with degrees from Mongolia, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

University entrance exam Show content

Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

  • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of  pre-University course/year)
  • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
  • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")
Subject Advisor - Prof. Dr. Thede Kahl
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-44725
Master Service Centre
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-31155
+49 3641 9-31128
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
07737 Jena
Examinations Office (ASPA)
Carl-Zeiß-Platz 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-31199
+49 3641 9-31172
Student Representatives Slavonic Studies
Central Academic Advisory Service
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-31111
+49 3641 9-31122
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