East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies

At the Aleksanteri Institute East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies (ECEBB) you can take multidisciplinary area studies in 15, 30 45 credit modules according to your needs. You can have study guidance for thesis writing and planning of your studies. You can specialize in the ECEBB area in the Bachelor’s programme in Cultural Studies and the Master’s programme in Area and Cultural Studies, as well as in the Master’s programme in European and Nordic Studies (ENS).

ECEBB studies provide students with a comprehensive knowledge base in order to deepen their understanding of the recent history and current societies of the East Central European, Balkan and Baltic regions. ECEBB is suitable for all students who wish to become experts on the East Central European, Balkan and Baltic region.

Every degree student and exchange student of the University of Helsinki has the right to take the ECEBB study programme. Students of the Aleksanteri Institute Expertise in Russian and Eastern European Studies (ExpREES) can take ECEBB courses that are included in the ExpREES teaching programme.

Students outside the University of Helsinki may apply for the right to partake in ECEBB Studies through the Flexible Study-Right Scheme (JOO). All Finland’s universities are signatories to the JOO agreement, which gives undergraduate and postgraduate students the chance to include studies from other Finnish universities in their degrees. The flexible study right for the ECEBB studies can be applied through the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki. Further information about JOO

Master’s or Bachelor’s degree holders that hold are not subscribed to any university can apply the right to take ECEBB Studies as non-degree studies: this refers to the possibility of taking completing specific courses in order to upgrade professional qualifications. Further information about non-degree studies

Please note that the teaching programme might be subject to changes and additions, so it is advisable to check course-specific information before the start of the course.

Autumn 2021

All autumn term courses will take place online. 

The Cold War, A History through Sports (ALKU-IK533, KUKA-IK505, KUKA-IK507, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E320, HISM-321, HISM-322, HISM-323, HISK-222, ENS-362, ExpREES), I period

Baltic Media: evolution of journalism and resilience to disinformation (KUKA-IK510, KUKA-IK509, KIM-SB305, ExpREES), I period

Fall of Yugoslavia in cinematography (KUKA-IK507, KUKA-IK508, TTK-EL260, KIK-SL221, KIM-SB305, ExpREES), I-II period

Political and social transformation in the Balkans after the dissolution of Yugoslavia (ALKU-IK532, ALKU-IK533, ALKU-IK531, KUKA-IK508, KUKA-IK507, ENS-360, KIK-SL221, KIM-SB305, ExpREES), II period

The Growth of Populism in Central Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK532, ALKU-IK531, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E320, KUKA-IK506, ENS-358, KIK-CS221, KIM-SB305, ExpREES), II period

Political use of hybrid media in Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK531, ALKU-IK533, KUKA-IK506, ALKU-E315, ALKU-E313, ENS-357, KIM-SB305, ExpREES), II period

Drivers of Development: Change and Continuity in Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK531, ALKU-IK533, ALKU-E317, ENS-356, KIM-SB305, ExpREES), II period

Democracy in crisis? Polish up your theoretical and methodological tools for studying the East of Europe (ALKU-IK533, ExpREES), II period, intensive course in Vilnius, you can find more info at the BAMSE Nordplus project website

Spring 2022

Spring term course pages will be published in Autumn 2021.

Gender and sexuality in Central and Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK533, ALKU-E318, KUKA-AL219, ENS-364, ExpREES), III period

Political Protest in Central and Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK533, KUKA-IK506, ENS-366, ExpREES), III-IV period, online course

Modern economic history of Eastern Europe and Russia (ALKU-IK533, ALKU-E313, KUKA-IK505, KUKA-IK507, HISM-321, HISM-322, HISM-323, HISK-225, ENS-365, ExpREES), III-IV period, online course

The Jewish Women’s Writing: Herstorical, Identity and Gender Perspectives (ALKU-IK532,KUKA-IK505, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E315, ALKU-E318, ALKU-E319, ALKU-LIJ335, ENS-361, ExpREES), IV period, online course

Geopolitical theories and the place of Central and Eastern Europe in the modern world order (ALKU-IK532, ALKU-IK531, ALKU-E322, ALKU-E313, KUKA-UK502, KUKA-UK503, ENS-359, ExpREES), IV period

History of Soviet jazz: the socio-cultural perspective (KUKA-IK509, ALKU-IK533, ENS-367, ExpREES), May intensive period

Old teaching programmes

For older teaching programmes starting from the academic year 2006-2007, please turn to ECEBB Planning Officer.

The Aleksanteri Institute coordinates the ECEBB study modules in cooperation with the Bachelor’s programme in Cultural studies (KUKA) and the Master’s programme in Area and cultural studies (ALKU).

Teaching plans 2020-2023

Starting from August 1, 2020, the ECEBB study modules can be taken as follows:

  • KUKA-IK520 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies, study module I (15 cr), OR KUKA-IK500 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies, study module II (30 cr)
  • ALKU-IK530 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic specialization studies (15 cr)

Instructions and forms concerning ECEBB Studies on bachelor level can be found in Instructions for students by choosing Bachelor’s Programme in Cultural Studies as the degree programme, and for master level studies by choosing Master’s Programme in Area and Cultural Studies. Director of Educational Programs Jouni Järvinen (see Research staff and experts) grants overall grades for the ECEBB Studies, and is responsible for recognition of credits completed elsewhere, for example during exchange studies.

You can apply for exchange in ECEBB countries via Erasmus or Norplus programmes, or via University of Helsinki bilateral agreements.

Many universities organise short courses and summer courses for foreign students. You can look for information on intensive courses at universities' websites.

University of Helsinki International Exchange Services: Short courses and summer courses abroad

International Autumn School is organized jointly by University of Helsinki Aleksanteri Institute, University of Tartu Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies and Freie Universität Berlin Institute for East European Studies. Autumn School is organized yearly since 2012, alternately in Berlin, Tartu and Helsinki. Call for applications is organised yearly in May-June, and the one-week Autumn School takes place in September or October.

Unfortunately the 2020 Autumn School is cancelled due to the corona pandemic. Hopefully the Autumn School can be organised in 2021.



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Director of Educational Program Jouni Järvinen

Planning Officer Minna Oroza

In Planning group also:

  • Emma Hakala, Senior research fellow, Global Security research programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
  • Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, University lecturer, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki
  • Katalin Miklóssy, University lecturer, Aleksanteri-institute, University of Helsinki
  • Mila Oiva, Senior Research Fellow CUDAN Open Lab, School of Humanities, Tallinn University
  • Juulia Heikkinen, Student, Master’s Programme in European and Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki
  • Elli Luukkainen, Student, Slavonic languages and literatures, Master's Programme in Languages, University of Helsinki

The planning group supports pedagogical planning and development and participates to long-term strategic development of the ECEBB Studies. The planning group consists of researchers/teachers and two student members.

Departments and research institutes

Please find below a list of university departments and research centres which conduct teaching and/or research concerning the ECEBB region.







Friendship societies




NB: The friendship societies' websites are mostly in Finnish. Please see for more friendship societies in Finnish.

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