The program of study focuses geographically on the region between Germany, Austria and Italy in the west and the Pacific Ocean in the east. It thus includes the new EU members states in the eastern part of Central Europe and in the Baltic region, the countries of southeastern Europe (Balkan peninsular), traditional Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus) and Central Asia and the Caucuses. Students in the program focus on the following subjects:
- History of Eastern Europe East European Politics
- East European Cultures (Slavic languages and literature and cultural philosophy)
- Social Anthropology of Eastern Europe
Topics from other fields are also addressed: Byzantine studies, Islamic studies, Eastern Orthodox Church studies, economics. The aim of the program is to provide students with basic knowledge of Eastern Europe. Students acquire the methodological skills and knowledge needed for an analysis of the history of the countries and societies of Eastern Europe and an examination of contemporary issues. Students also learn to present the results of their research in both written and verbal form and from different academic perspectives. Program participants study at least one Slavic or other East European language.