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Why study European & Russian Affairs?

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The Master of Arts in European & Russian Affairs offers a multidisciplinary graduate experience rooted in rigorous scholarship, hands-on international opportunities, and critical engagement with leaders across many fields.

We welcome applicants with diverse research interests and from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds. Many of our students have joined CERES after studying and working in fields such as history, political science, computer science, music, art history, public relations, and trades. Our graduates go on to pursue an equally broad variety of careers, including positions in government, diplomacy, not-for-profit organizations, academia, research, education, cybersecurity, cultural and heritage services, and communications.

At CERES, you will:

Join the tight-knit community of a small and personalized department
Connect with students and faculty with a passion for the history, culture, politics, and languages of Europe, Russia, and Eurasia
Enjoy a specialized interdisciplinary education, with in-depth study in your areas of interest through many departments
Gain valuable international and professional experience through regional internship and/or exchange programs
Acquire new languages for use in future jobs, research, and travel
Graduate with confidence, knowledge, and skills that you can bring forward into future career and academic pursuits

What our students have to say

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As a grad student at CERES, I had so many opportunities to grow professionally and academically. The program provided me with unwavering support as I worked as an intern in a Prague-based thinktank, presented on my area of research on an academic panel, and conducted research on eastern Europe.  
- Amelie Tolvin ‘22
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The program offered me opportunities to work and conduct research across several European countries. I built my project management, qualitative research and policy analysis skills in the fields of European affairs, minority integration and migration. The multidisciplinary courses and institutional partnerships allowed me to pave my own path.  
- Silviu Kondan ’19
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As a grad student at CERES, I had a wealth of opportunities afforded to me and the support to help me take advantage of them. In two years, I learned to speak Russian, lived in Moscow, worked in Brussels, and conducted research in Athens. With this knowledge and experience, I was excited and ready to start a career with the federal government!  
- Lauren Hogan ’19