Introducing Eastern Europe

The Bachelor"s supplementary subject in East European Studies offers you a solid platform for acquiring expert knowledge about Eastern Europe. Eastern Europe is the name we traditionally apply to the countries that, until twenty years ago, were placed behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ dividing Europe. Today, this region can be subdivided into three distinct areas, Russia (with Ukraine, Belarus and other successor states of the former Soviet Union), East Central Europe, and South East Europe. Since 1989 these three areas have for a variety of reasons experienced rather difference trajectories of development. Some may therefore say that it is obsolete to talk about Eastern Europe today, with the Cold War long behind us, but for all their internal differences these countries all share the experience of having been exposed to communist rule, and hence have in common a continuing struggle with the effects of this historical heritage.

No longer distant – still too unknown

Since 1989, Eastern Europe has moved closer to Western Europe in numerous ways. Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, the Baltic States, Bulgaria and Romania are now members of the European Union. Russia is positioning itself as a regional great power again, which not the least in the energy sector has an immediate impact on life all over Europe. The former Yugoslavia was plagued by war in the 1990s, and Kosovo showed national disagreements can still trigger intense drama. Yet even there interaction with the rest of Europe is increasing and there are signs of recovery.

Eastern Europe has also come closer to Denmark. This is true whether we are talking about Polish construction workers in Denmark or the outsourcing of a LEGO factory to the Czech Republic, whether Danes travel to Croatia as tourists or to Kosovo as soldiers on a peacekeeping mission. There is therefore an increasing need for university graduates who are familiar with the history, culture and politics of the region, a problem the Bachelor"s supplementary subject in East European Studies seeks to remedy.

Teaching Eastern Europe

Inevitably, a solid introduction to the dramatic and often tragic history of Eastern Europe since the Russian revolution of 1917 and the creation of a belt of new nation states from Estonia to Yugo­sla­via in the wake of the First World War is a corner­stone of the supplementary subject. From there, we will take a closer look at contemporary issues, be it in culture, politics, or the social sphere. This can include nationalism and minority issues, contempo­rary literature and film, social and political transformations, memory, the political use of history and popular forms of nostalgia, or other issues.

East European Questions

In what ways is the new Russia different from the old Soviet Union?

Why have so many new states been formed in Eastern Europe, and why were the partitions peaceful in some places and violent in others?

What are the consequences for Europe and Denmark now that many Eastern European countries have become members of the European Union?

How has the abolishment of censorship and ideological control affected intellectual and cultural life?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor

Student life

In English

The teaching of the Bachelor"s supplementary subject in East European Studies is conducted in English and is a combination of lectures and classroom seminars. You will meet both Danish and foreign students, which will add to the dynamism of the programme and provide you with different perspectives and opinions on the matters discussed.

About 80 students are enrolled in the Bachelor’s programme in East European Studies (taught in Danish), and we all know each other across years and classes. This gives us an active and open study environment.


When Your Books are Idle (Outside the Classroom)

In addition to your studies, there are other activities you can take advantage of in your spare time.





  • Pod stolom: This is the name of the student association, and it is responsible for both academic and social events such as talks, camping tours, and holiday parties.
  • This is a forum where students write articles, download lecture notes and search for information. There is also a comprehensive collection of links to almost anything related to your subject. See for yourself!


Job profile





  • Depending on your Bachelor’s core subject, an Bachelor"s supplementary subject in East European Studies will qualify you to work in private companies and national and international institutions that interact with Eastern Europe. Your knowledge and skills can also be used in the education and media sectors, for example.

Further studies

With the Bachelor"s supplementary subject in East European Studies you can continue your studies at the Master’s degree programme in European Studies or International Studies or within your own Bachelor’s core subject.

Competence profile





  • Knowledge of Eastern Europe as a whole
  • Ability to communicate between different cultures
  • Ability to use materials on and from Eastern Europe
  • Professional prerequisites to teach on the culture and history of Eastern Europe
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary and intercultural ways
  • Independent, critical and methodical mode of work