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Regional Studies–Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

A customizable curriculum, academically rigorous coursework, and professional development resources are the hallmarks of this program.

As a Regional Studies–Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia (REECA) student, you will be part of the Davis Center’s collegial community of scholars who focus on this world area.

Your program of study will be tailored to your academic and career goals, with emphasis on the history, politics, languages, and culture of the region. You may cross-register at Harvard professional schools, the Fletcher School, and MIT to build skills and expand your network.

Current REECA students work with Davis Center initiatives such as the Negotiation Task Force, the Program on Central Asia, and the Imperiia Project. Elsewhere at Harvard, students have found positions at Russia Matters, the libraries, and as research assistants for individual scholars. 

Recent graduates of the program have gained admission to doctoral programs at Harvard and other prestigious institutions such as Yale University, Princeton University, Cornell University, and Stanford University. Others have begun careers at the US State Department, the Organization for Economic Cooperation in Paris, Deloitte, and Google. An active international alumni community offers networking and professional development opportunities in diverse fields.

Additional information on the graduate program is available from the REECA program, and requirements for the degree are detailed in Policies.

Admissions Requirements

Please review the admissions requirements and other information before applying. You can find degree program-specific admissions requirements below and access additional guidance on applying from the REECA program.

Academic Background

The most competitive applicants have completed substantial prior coursework in language and area studies of the region especially history and the social sciences. Entering students typically have completed the equivalent of three or more years of college-level study of at least one of these languages: Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, or Ukrainian. Experience in the region is highly desirable, whether studying abroad, working, or pursuing independent research.

Writing Sample

A writing sample is required and should be no more than 3,750 words.

Statement of Purpose

Applicants should indicate how the Regional Studies–Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia program fits in with their overall academic and/or career goals.

Standardized Tests

GRE General: Not Accepted
iBT TOEFL preferred minimum score: 100                    
IELTS preferred minimum score: 7.5


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