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Eurasian Studies

The area of Eurasia has taken a huge place in the world agenda thanks to both its geopolitical position and its energy sources in the sense of global politics and functioning of economy since the end of Cold War. The probability of the success of planned moves without considering the developments in Eurasia is highly low in current platform as it is seen in last year. Hence, Eurasia is the area whose importance increases cumulatively in the point of global politics in the last century.

Many distinguished universities in Turkey open the door of academic life starting with MA programs for candidates in the area of Eurasian Studies. Turkey proposes a dynamic scale including both well- established state universities which shape the tradition of social sciences and private universities which follow last advancements and new tendencies closely. Turkey is also one of the leading countries in the area of Eurasian Studies. These programs, in which inter-disciplinarily is one of the basic criteria, give a serious perspective not only in political structures of Eurasian countries but also in their cultural and social structures to the candidates of academician, diplomat, journalist, regional specialist and economist. The courses like Society and Culture in Eurasia, Introduction to Post-Soviet Studies, Politics of State Building in Eurasia and the seminars in which Eurasian countries are examined specifically come to the fore in these programs. Besides that the education of Russian, which is one of the most significant and common languages of this area, is given importance in these programs.

Open Programs

MA Program in Eurasian Studies (Blacksea Caucasian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies) at Erciyes University

Eurasian Studies established under the umbrella of Institute of Social Sciences as an interdisciplinary graduate program. Professor Abdulkadir Yuvalı, Head of the History Department and the Head of the Center of Turkish World Studies, reports that the program accepts all graduate students from social sciences. The language of training will be Russian and there will be courses on Kazak, Kirghiz and Azerbaijan dialects.

MA Program in Eurasian Studies at Istanbul University

Our Institute has started academic studies under the name of Eurasian Archaeology Institute at 2002. Then, our institute changed its name and scope as the Eurasian Institute ant 2006, and since 2012, academic studies continue with a new understanding.

Our perception of Eurasia exceeds the borders of Asia and embodies a wide geographical area from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and from the Middle East to the Far East. One of the missions of our institute is to use Istanbul University's, one of the world's top universities, academic and intellectual repertoires in the subject are.

Our interdisciplinary MA program is designed for these reasons and got necessary permissions for HEC. We aim to be a reference center for natural and international academicians.

Ortadoğu Teknik Üniversitesi Avrasya Çalışmaları Yüksek Lisans Programı

The Master's Degree in the Eurasian Studies graduate program at the Middle East Technical University (METU) is the first graduate program on Eurasia studies in Turkey. It is also one of few such programs in the world. The student body includes individuals from all parts of Eurasia. The main objectives of the program are as follows: 1) to introduce the history and culture of Eurasian societies, 2) to look at international as well as domestic sources of change in Eurasia, 3) to equip the students with the interdisciplinary methodology needed for conducting academic research on various aspects of Eurasia, 4) to create an academic atmosphere for the students from the region as well as other parts of the world in which they can exchange views, and 5) to train the students for their professional and academic careers.
The Eurasian Studies Graduate Program works in coordination with KORA (Center for Black Sea and Central Asia) at METU. KORA has long been involved in various research activities on this region as well. The researchers affiliated with the Center have studied the region from an interdisciplinary perspective. The development of this graduate program enabled KORA to share these research findings with graduate students, and to provide these students with essential research skills and academic knowledge.

The Eurasian region, characterized by a unique blend of European and Asian cultures, covers an area stretching from the Balkans to Mongolia and China. While the region itself is studied from various disciplines and theoretical perspectives, current faculty specialization comprises areas such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Owing to its interdisciplinary approach, the program welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from literature and history to petroleum engineering. Applicants who have not graduated from social science departments such as sociology, economics, political science and international relations may be required to take additional courses. To this end, an academic committee evaluates the applications on a competitive basis.

The Master's Degree in Eurasian Studies contains thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis program requires the students to complete seven credit-courses (two required courses, three recommended electives, and two free electives from other departments) and the non-credit course, Pro-thesis Seminar, in addition to writing a Master's Thesis. The non-thesis program requires the students to take ten credit-courses (two required courses, five recommended electives and three free electives from other departments) and to complete a term-project. Upon the successful completion of the requirements of either program, the Master's Degree in Eurasian Studies will be awarded.


• Socıety and culture ın eurasia
• Russian History
• History of the USSR
• Politics in East-Central Europe
• Eurasia in World Affairs
• Regional Politics, Energy and Security in The Post-Soviet Space
• Readings on Central Asian Perpectives
• Language Policies in Late İmperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet Russıa
• Energy Security In Global Political Economy
• Issues And Politics in Central Asia And Transcaucasia
• Transcaucasia and Central Asia in World Affairs
• State and Civil Society in Eurasia
• Migration and Ethnicity in Eurasian Studies
• Regional Politics, Energy and Security in the Post-Sovıet Space
• State Building And Nation Building in Post-Soviet Space
• Readings on Central Asian Perspectives