Grad. Program: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (University of Illinois)

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications to our MA degree programs. The deadline for application is January 1.  

The Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) at the University of Illinois is a two-year program designed for students preparing for further academic study as well as those aiming to pursue careers in government, NGOs, business, the media, international law, private foundations, or cultural exchange. The program provides broad exposure to the history, cultures, politics, and societies of the area as well as to many disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to its study. Take courses from leading experts in history, literature, political science, sociology, business, anthropology, economics, law, linguistics, religion, and more. Over 100 graduate-level disciplinary courses are available to students! REEES MA alumni have gone on to work at the Eurasia Foundation, FEMA, the FBI, the State Department, American Councils for International Education, and study at Columbia University, Yale University, the University of Indiana, and UC Santa Barbara, among others. 

REEEC also offers a joint MA/MS degree in REEES and Library and Information Sciences. This joint degree includes language and area studies coursework combined with coursework in the top-ranked Illinois School of Information Sciences. The degree pairs regional expertise with professional training in informatics as well as information management, preparing students for a career in librarianship, archives and special collections, data management, reference, or digital humanities, all focused on the REEE region.

Abundant opportunities to develop language proficiency and expertise! Illinois offers instruction in ten languages of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia: BCS (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian), Bulgarian, Czech, German, Polish, Old Church Slavonic, Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Yiddish. Study Georgian and other REEE languages through the Big Ten (BTAA) academic alliance and other partnerships.

Students in the MA program who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships offered under the Higher Education Act, Title VI, US Department of Education. FLAS fellowships provide a tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $15,000 for academic-year fellowships ($2,500 for summer fellowships). A limited number of teaching and graduate assistantships, which include a tuition and fee waiver and/or stipend, may be available to outstanding students through REEEC and other units.

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Questions should be directed to Dr. Maureen Marshall, Associate Director, at: