The Centre for
European, Russian, & Eurasian Studies

The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies is one of North America’s leading academic institutes for the study of the member states of the European Union, the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Central and Eastern Europe. The Centre promotes interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the social sciences and humanities. Drawing upon the expertise of more than fifteen departments and dozens of faculty members, CERES sponsors undergraduate degree programs in European Studies and in Hungarian Studies, and a Master of Arts degree program in European and Russian Affairs. CERES organizes each year a number of regionally focused conferences and seminars and hosts several post-doctoral scholars. CERES is home to the Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World/Centre des Études de la France et du Monde Francophone. Through its intensive relations with the European Commission, the German Academic Exchange Service, the wider local community in Toronto, and institutions of higher learning across Europe, Ukraine, and Russia, CERES supports the exchange of ideas and scholars across the Atlantic.

CERES’s main objectives are:

  • to educate students at the graduate and undergraduate level in the languages, history, politics, economics and societies of Europe, Russia, and Eurasia, and to prepare them for careers dealing with the region;
  • to offer students at the University of Toronto valuable first-hand experience of the region through internship and exchange programs;
  • to serve as a comprehensive, accessible, and authoritative source of information and analysis on the regions of Europe, Russia, and Eurasia for the Canadian news media, business community, and the general public;
  • to promote scholarly links between East and West.

Graduate Program
in European and Russian AFFAIRS

About the Program

Recognized as one of the best of its kind in North America, the Master of Arts Program at the University of Toronto’s Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) offers students the opportunity to engage in a comprehensive, rigorous and hands-on study program. In addition to the top faculty in their fields, CERES provides generous funding to MA candidates through fellowships or financial support for internships, language training, and study abroad opportunities. In this two-year program, our students typically spend a summer or a semester engaged in research or training internationally, with advisory and logistical support from CERES. This field component alone sets us apart from other MA programs. The diverse array of courses available to students of the MA program is supplemented by short intensive workshops. CERES hosts two or more per year on specialized topics of regional interest.

CERES also sponsors a busy agenda of seminars and conferences. Every week, top specialists from around the world take part in an engaging series of debates at the Munk Centre. Students are encouraged as well to develop their own projects and initiatives, and every year CERES students host their own graduate student conference.

The Master of Arts in European and Russian Affairs can be combined with the Juris Doctor Program in Law (MA ERA/JD), the Collaborative Program in Jewish Studies, or the Collaborative Graduate Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies.

CERES students can secure first-hand experience in the region of their interest through the Summer Internship Program. Furthermore, CERES offers exchange programs with universities in Europe.

CERES students are part of Canada’s premier university. The University of Toronto’s graduate programs and research facilities attract students from around the world. The Library’s holdings on Germany, Russia, Eurasia, and East, Central, and Southeastern Europe are among the best in North America.

Apart from access to the country’s largest group of faculty experts on the region, CERES students also benefit from the Visiting Scholars and Visiting Leaders and Policymakers programs, which brings distinguished decision-makers, past and present, and scholars from the region to the University. Beyond that, the Centre hosts lectures, workshops, and conferences in all the related disciplines, on average of more than one event per week throughout the academic year.

Follow the above links to for more information on what makes Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies the best option for students seeking a well-rounded and practical education. For the most detailed information, see our Graduate Handbook.

Admission Requirements

IMPORTANT: There is a non-refundable $110.00 application charge. Please read through the entire list of requirements before advancing to the application procedures. And please note that CERES does not defer admission except on medical grounds.

1. Applicants must hold a four-year BA, or its equivalent. Successful applicants will be expected to have attained an academic average of B+ or better in their most recent year of undergraduate work. Normally, applicants will be expected to have completed several undergraduate courses in the European/Russian/Eurasian area and the equivalent of two academic years of study in a relevant language.

2. If you are an international applicant, review the “Admission Requirements” section of our on-line Admissions Guide at http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/prospectivestudents/Pages/Prepare-Your-Application.aspx The Equivalent Qualifications Chart located there will help you determine if your international degree is considered equivalent. Qualifications from a number of educational systems around the world are listed and the academic standings indicated are normally accepted as equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B grade average if the degree obtained has been awarded from an institution which is recognized by the School of Graduate Studies.

3. If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction is not English, then you must demonstrate your facility in English by completing one of the tests listed below. This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application and must be met as a condition of registration:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)
  • UofT School of Continuing Studies Academic
  • Preparation Course Graduate International Foundation Program (Grad IFP)

Exemptions:

You are not required to complete an English-language facility test if you are a Canadian citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French.

If you are an international applicant whose primary language is not English, you may not be required to complete an English-language facility test if you have completed a program of study at a university where the language of instruction and examination has largely been in English. If you are such an international applicant, please contact Katia Malyuzhinets at katia.malyuzhinets@utoronto.ca. An official statement from your institution will be required, confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination.

4. A printout of the SGS application information must be submitted to CERES together with required supporting documentation. Please see the following section on application procedures for details on the supporting documentation.

Deadlines

Only those applications received before February 1, 2017 will automatically be included in the funding competition (this competition is based on academic merit and includes visa students). Applications received after February 1 will be considered for “admission with no funding” only.

Application Process

Please follow these instructions carefully. At the end of the instructions is a link to an online application form, but you will need to return to this website for information on supporting documentation and mailing instructions.

Applications to the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) through the online admissions application, which is housed on a secure server in the University of Toronto. CERES will consider your application only after you have entered your personal and academic information in the online application, submitted the application fee, and mailed a complete package of your supporting documentation (official transcripts in sealed envelopes and self-addressed envelope) and a printout of your application information. Please be sure to put your applicant identification number on all supporting documentation.

Once you access the SGS online admissions application and enter your contact information, an applicant identification number and a password will be emailed to you. You can leave and return to your application at any point until you move to the payment stage. At that point you can return to check on the status of this application including whether we have received your supporting documents.

Payment of your application fee must be received by the School of Graduate Studies before we will consider your application. You may pay online by VISA or Mastercard. This payment method is secure as the transaction is handled by Mirapay, a third party authorized by VISA and Mastercard. Mirapay provides the School of Graduate Studies with payment confirmation only. SGS and the University of Toronto will not have access to your credit card information. Please note that the process requires that popup blockers on your web browser be disabled.

If you are unable to pay by credit card you may print an invoice from the application and mail it with a certified cheque to the School of Graduate Studies.

IMPORTANT: The online admissions application replaces previous pdf and printed application forms. If you have copies of those forms, please discard them and use the online application process only. If for some reason you cannot use the online admission application, please contact CERES.

To proceed to the SGS online admissions application please click HERE.

Please note that CERES no longer acknowledges receipt of your application and supporting documentation. It is your responsibility to check the system frequently to verify that these documents have been received.

Supporting Documents

Please send the following to CERES:

  • School of Graduate Studies application form
  • Official transcripts

Official transcripts of your academic record from each university attended are required for admission. It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange for transcript(s) to be sent directly from their institution to CERES; our mailing address can be found on the document checklist at the end of the on-line application process.

If circumstances prevent transcripts from being sent directly from the institution to CERES, the student may send a sealed transcript that has been signed across the seal by the university official who issued the transcript.

If academic records are interim pending completion of studies in progress official final academic records indicating that the degree has been conferred must be submitted to CERES as soon as possible and before admission can be finalized. Instructions about clearing these conditions are included in the offer of admission.

Applicants who attended universities outside North America must provide notarized English translations to accompany all foreign documentation not written in English.

Note that faxed records are not considered official and that documents submitted will not be returned to the student.

Two letters of reference (NB: these can be now uploaded on the online SGS admissions application; only in case you have difficulties uploading these documents, please send a hard-copy)

In case of difficulties in uploading references online, ask your referees to enclose the letter of reference in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal. Include the sealed and signed references when returning your application. Do not open the envelope(s). Letters of reference will be part of the official student academic record; they are confidential and applicants/students will not have access to them.

Statement of intent (NB: these can be now uploaded on the online SGS admissions application; only in case you have difficulties uploading these documents, please send a hard-copy)

Applicants should provide a one-page statement of intent, in which they briefly describe the reasons for their interest in the MA ERES program, their preparation and qualifications for admission, and their academic and/or professional goals. If they wish to do so, applicants may also identify and explain their specific geographical region of interest in their statement of intent.

A sample of written material (NB: these can be now uploaded on the online SGS admissions application; only in case you have difficulties uploading these documents, please send a hard-copy)Applicants should provide a sample of their academic writing to CERES.

MAILING ADDRESS:

Attention: Katia Malyuzhinets
Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto ON M5S 3K7
Canada

Funding

CERES students have a wide range of financial assistance opportunities, both from the School of Graduate Studies and the Centre. CERES provides funding for the study of:

  • Western Europe & the European Union
  • Russia and the former Soviet Union states
  • Central, Southeastern Europe
  • Eurasia

Funding for our MA students may comprise SSHRC and OGS support, Centre awards, as well as endowed scholarships. The latter may be awarded to qualified students whose research focuses on the following countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovak Republic, and Ukraine.

All applicants to the MA program received before the deadline are automatically considered for financial aid, although funding is not guaranteed with admission.

Contact

Prof. Robert Austin, Acting Graduate Coordinator
Tel: (416) 946-8942
Fax: (416) 946-8939
Email: robert.austin@utoronto.ca

English Facility Testing

Information on English Facility testing can be obtained by writing directly to the following addresses or by visiting the test websites:

  • TOEFL/TSE Publications
    P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, N.J. 08541-6151 U.S.A.
    Tel: (609) 771-7500
    Web: www.toefl.org
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing Service
    University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
    1 Hills Rd., Cambridge, U.K. CB1 2EU
    (or contact the nearest British Council Office)
    Web: www.ielts.org
  • MELAB – Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
    English Language Institute, University of Michigan
    3020 North University Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA 48109-1057
    Web: www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/
  • COPE
    P.O. Box 1164, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1K2
    E-mail: info@copetest.com
    Web: www.copetest.com

Undergraduate Program
in European Studies

Europe, like other major regions of the globe, has long been a significant focus of study at the University of Toronto. In recognition of the increasingly major role played by the European region on the global stage, and the importance of understanding Europe in a comprehensive way, the Munk School of Global Affairs offers an undergraduate major program in European Studies, and the minor program in European Union Studies. For students who desire the linguistic competence, the cultural comprehension, and the specialized knowledge necessary to operate effectively in the “new” Europe, the major program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to focus on Europe through a wide variety of courses and disciplines.

Language competence is an important component of the European Studies program. Students majoring in European Studies are expected to acquire a working fluency in one or more of the following designated languages: Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, or Ukrainian.

For more information and degree requirements, please consult the European Studies detailed course listings.

Undergraduate Program
in Hungarian Studies

Hungarian is spoken by ten and a half million inhabitants of present-day Hungary, about three million people in the neighbouring countries, and perhaps as many as an additional two million around the world. These figures make Hungarian, which is related to Finnish, Estonian, and Lappish, but virtually no other language in Europe, by far the largest minority language in the great Indo-European language territory.

Despite the isolation that might have been imposed by the uniqueness of their language, Hungarians have been engaged with, and participants in, greater European affairs since their arrival in the Carpathian basin more than a thousand years ago. Hungarians have made significant contributions in the fields of arts, science, and mathematics, winning Nobel Prizes in Chemistry (4), Medicine (3), Physics (3), Economics, and Literature. In the music world the names Bártok, Kodály, Lehár, Liszt, Széll, Ormandy, Schiff, and many others are internationally famous. Leo Szilárd, Edward Teller, Paul Erdõs, and John von Neumann are famous figures in theoretical physics and mathematics. Joseph Biró developed the ball-point pen and to this day the British call a ball-point pen, a biro. Hungarians have also become famous in sports, particularly soccer, boxing, and fencing, and in the world of cinema. And who has not played with the Rubik’s cube?

Hungarian Studies at the University of Toronto focus on the history, language, literature, and culture of Hungary and on the international role of Hungary and Hungarians—particularly on Hungarian immigration to Canada. For many of the courses, no prior knowledge of the Hungarian language is necessary, making them easily accessible to students from other programs.

For more information and degree requirements, please consult the Hungarian Studies program detailed course listings.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM
IN HELLENIC STUDIES

Hellenic Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs focus on the history, language, and culture of Greece and the wider Balkans. The program offers modern Greek language at the first, second and third-year levels along with a political science course at the third-year level on contemporary Greek politics and a fourth-year seminar on Greece, the Balkans and the European Union taught within the European Studies undergraduate program. In addition to the courses taught during the regular academic year, the University of Toronto’s Summer Abroad program offers an intensive course based in Thessaloniki, Greece, dealing with Greece and its region past and present.

The program is made possible thanks to the support of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation and the Greek-Canadian community. Please note that this is not a standalone undergraduate program. For more information, please consult the European Studies and Political Science detailed course listings.

 

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