Masters Program in Area studies in Asia

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Master-level studies involve specialized study in a field of research or an area of professional practice. Earning a master’s degree demonstrates a higher level of mastery of the subject. Earning a master’s degree can take anywhere from a year to three or four years. Before you can graduate, you usually must write and defend a thesis, a long paper that is the culmination of your specialized research.

Area studies have become more and more common in the academic world since the 1940s. These research fields are intended to assist students with increasing their knowledge and understanding of a variety of diverse populations and regions or countries.

 

Students who complete a part of their degree in Asia are growing in numbers. Currently, the second and the third biggest economies are in Asia. Without limitation, students have described their time in Asia as the best experience of their lives. Today, three of the four most populated countries of the world are in Asia: China, India, and Indonesia.

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Master in Advanced European and International Studies - Mediterranean Branch

Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)
Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Tunisia Tunis Turkey İstanbul France Nice + 4 more

The Mediterranean branch of the Master in Advanced European and International Studies (MAEIS) is targeted at students who have completed their undergraduate studies. Its objective is to give students an overarching, encompassing vision of the political, social, economic, and cultural challenges of today’s world. [+]

Masters in Area studies in Asia 2017. The Mediterranean branch of the Master in Advanced European and International Studies (MAEIS) is targeted at students who have completed their undergraduate studies. Its objective is to give students an overarching, encompassing vision of the political, social, economic, and cultural challenges of today’s world. The Master’s programme follows an original approach which distinguishes it from other Master’s courses in Euro­Mediterranean Studies and International Relations: The MAEIS is an international, interdisciplinary and itinerant programme which aims to educate the next generation of Euro­Mediterranean decision­makers. Following the slogan “Learning and living the Mediterranean”, the participants rotate each trimester, moving their place of studies from Nice to Tunis and then to Istanbul. The MAEIS is a one ­year ­programme, subdivided into three terms. Degree and recognition Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded two certifications at the end of the academic year: Master in Advanced European and International Studies: This is the diploma of CIFE, certifying the successful completion of the academic curriculum and granting 60 ECTS credits at Master level. The degree qualification Chargé de Mission en Organisations Européennes et Internationales (Policy Officer in European and International Organisations): This qualification is recognised by the French state as a degree at Master level (level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework EQF). Admission requirements This graduate programme is aimed at students who have already completed a first degree (minimum three years of study at university level). Furthermore, students must have an active knowledge of English and French. You can find more detailed information on the application procedure and apply online at www.ie-ei.eu. Deadline for applications: 15 June of the current year Teaching modules Conflict Management and Peace Making The Mediterranean is a case study par excellence for Peace and Conflict Studies. In the last two decades Mediterranean societies have been significantly affected by inter­group violence and inter­state conflicts: from the Western Balkans to Cyprus, from Israel to Palestine, from Libya to Syria. Sustainable Development and Globalisation The 21st century and especially the Mediterranean face unprecedented economic, environmental and social challenges, as the globalised economic development exerts increased pressure on limited resources, deteriorates the environment and creates growing inequalities. Regional Integration and Transformation The EU has become a role model of regional integration. How is the dynamic architecture of European institutions, including European Neighbourhood Policy, functioning? To what extent do the Arab League or the Union for the Mediterranean follow a similar logic of regional integration? How can we explain the intraregional differences in the Southern Mediterranean since the Arab Spring? Mediterranean Politics and Societies Migration, Gender, and Youth are policy fields that all Mediterranean Societies have in common, but approach differently. At the crossroads of theory and practice, this policy oriented module proposes solutions to the historical, social and cultural challenges Mediterranean societies face today. Project Management This module equips the participants with the professional skills and competences that will enable them to work in the field of Euro­Mediterranean cooperation. They will participate to negotiation and mediation trainings, simulation games and follow workshops on project cycle management and intercultural communication. Overview of the academic year The first term (October to December) starts in the European Union, in Nice, France. It encompasses classes on the basics of the five teaching modules. Studying in France helps students to analyse the Euro­Mediterranean relations and regional integration from an EU perspective. The second term (January to March) starts off in Tunis, Tunisia. Experts from the region and of different disciplines will analyse Euro­Mediterranean challenges in times of transformation and globalisation. A special focus will be put on youth policies in the Mediterranean. Studying in Tunisia will provide the students with a unique experience of a historic democratisation process that turns the country into a role model throughout the MENA region. The programme concludes (April to July) in Istanbul, Turkey at our partner university, Istanbul Bilgi University, one of the best private universities in the Eastern Mediterranean. A special focus will be given to Sustainable Development and Climate Action, as well as to Project Management classes. Students will have the opportunity to advance in their research work, as the months of May and June are left at their disposal to work on their thesis. The programme concludes with the defence of the thesis and oral exams. With their graduation, students become part of CIFE’s wide Alumni network. [-]

Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
Campus Full time 2 years April 2017 Japan Beppu

Many people regard the 21st century as the “Asia Pacific century” as a result of the region’s continuous and robust growth. The region’s prominence can be witnessed through its increasing political power in the G-20 and economic interdependence that boosts steady growth. [+]

Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies The Master’s program in Asia Pacific Studies aims to educate and transform students into competent leaders ready to handle challenges facing the Asia Pacific region. The program encourages students to analyze complicated and ever-changing sociocultural conditions and international issues, pursue feasible solutions and pave a path to a prosperous future for the region. Students accumulate professional knowledge and insights, interpret complex facts in objective and systematic manners and provide insightful solutions to problems. A broad range of issues are addressed in the two divisions: International Relations and Society and Culture. The courses taught under this program consist of four pillars: analytical foundation courses, core courses on the Asia Pacific region, division-specific courses and research-oriented intensive seminar courses. This program nurtures students’ research skills, including the ability to formulate frameworks for analyses, collect and analyze data, and test arguments and hypotheses. Students are expected to conduct research under a specific theme in a systematic manner throughout their studies. At the end of the program, students must submit a thesis or report on a theme of their choice, which they have developed under personal guidance from their supervisors in the seminar courses run throughout the program. During the process, they are encouraged to conduct field surveys in the Asia Pacific region. Divisions International Relations (IR) The International Relations (IR) division is aimed at expanding the students’ empirical knowledge base and sharpening their analytical and theoretical thinking regarding social, political, economic and security phenomena in the globalizing world. The courses in this division provide a useful knowledge base for both academic-bound students and practitioner-bound students with intended careers in security, diplomacy and media. While taking subjects such as international security, international law and conflict resolution, students will also focus on writing a thesis or research report. Major Subjects Regionalism and Globalization International Law International Political Economy Comparative Politics and Government Special Studies (International Relations) Conflict Resolution International Security Society and Culture (SC) The Asia Pacific is one of the most rapidly developing regions in recent decades. To capture the patterns of social and cultural changes occurring, the Society and Culture (SC) division is devoted to promoting comparative academic research on the region. Students can acquire practical skills in formulating and conducting research using theories and methods developed in sociology, cultural anthropology, media and communication studies. With knowledge concerning social and cultural backgrounds of the countries in the regions, it enables students to have greater employment opportunities in government, industrial, commercial and academic institutes. Major Subjects Changing Social Landscapes Media and Communication Migration and Trans-nationalism Social Organizations and Institutions Sociology and Everyday Life Special Studies (Society and Culture) Cultural Change For further information regarding the Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies, please visit: http://en.apu.ac.jp/home/study/content25/ ... [-]

MPhil in Chinese

Lingnan University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Lingnan is now offering MPhil and PhD programmes in Chinese for applicants who want to pursue research in various areas. [+]

Masters in Area studies in Asia 2017. MPhil in Chinese Duration: 2 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong Lingnan is now offering MPhil programmes in Chinese for applicants who want to pursue research in the following areas: Chinese language, linguistics and stylistics Classical Chinese literature Comparative literature Literary theory Literature and cinema Modern and contemporary literature in Chinese (from the Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan) Teaching of creative writing and media writing Application for Admission Applicants who are interested in seeking admission to the MPhil programme should apply to the University directly. Successful applicants will normally be provided with a Postgraduate Studentship with a monthly stipend of HK$15,540* (US$1 = HK$7.8). *rate subject to review Application Period The University invites applications from 1 November 2016 to 27 January 2017. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis, subject to the availability of places. General Admission Requirements An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of MPhil should normally: a. hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent standard awarded by a tertiary education institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or b. have obtained an equivalent qualification; or c. have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment. In addition to the above, an applicant whose degree is not from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country should obtain a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a band score of 6.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an equivalent score in a recognised test, or an equivalent qualification to prove his/her language proficiency which will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are required to fulfill additional requirements, if any, set by the programmes to which they apply for admission. [-]

MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES Plus)

European University at St. Petersburg
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

International Master's degree program in Russian and Eurasian Studies is the oldest of the international MA programs in English language currently offered by the European University at Saint Petersburg since 1998. Like its core subject of study - the post-Soviet space - the Program has changed and developed over the past 18 years and is now available as a two-year Master's degree state accredited program. The IMARES PLUS program not only examines the past, but also interprets the most up to date events unfolding in this fascinating region. By combining analyses of past and present, our students gain a deep understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics of the post-Soviet space. [+]

Introducing IMARES PLUS International Master's degree program in Russian and Eurasian Studies is the oldest of the international MA programs in English language currently offered by the European University at Saint Petersburg since 1998. Like its core subject of study - the post-Soviet space - the Program has changed and developed over the past 18 years and is now available as a two-year Master's degree state accredited program. The IMARES PLUS program not only examines the past, but also interprets the most up to date events unfolding in this fascinating region. By combining analyses of past and present, our students gain a deep understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics of the post-Soviet space. Why Study Eurasia? In its various forms (the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet space), Eurasia has been the scene of some of the world’s most spectacular dramas during the last three centuries, including the rise and fall of empires and the successes and stagnations of strikingly different political and economic systems. It has followed a path from one of the world’s largest empires to the birth of nation states. It has been the battleground for Napoleonic Wars, Civil War, and two World Wars. During a turbulent history, the people of Eurasia experienced the contrasting forces of monarchy, socialism and fragile democracy, atheism and religious fundamentalism, and multiculturalism and ethnic conflict. Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus and Russia’s western neighbors have been testing the ground for political and economic theories, which left legacies that are still felt today. IMARES PLUS enables students to learn about the vast Eurasian region, the path of its development, the theory and the practice of different political and economic regimes throughout its history, and the ways in which these past experiences continue to influence developments today. Benefits of IMARES PLUS In addition to its core academic content, the program offers extra-curricular benefits: the IMARES workshop series introduces expert guest speakers from academia, politics, business and journalism. The EUSP as a top research university in the Humanities and Social Sciences hosts many different conferences, seminars and lectures. All these events are open to our students and English is often a working language of these events. All IMARES PLUS students will also take mandatory Russian language courses throughout the first three semesters of their studies, tailored to suit their ability, from beginner to advanced. Combined with the experience of living in Russia, the development of Russian language skills gives IMARES PLUS students a far greater understanding of contemporary Russia. Such a level of understanding can only be gained by actually spending two years here in Russia, and experiencing the country for yourself. IMARES PLUS Students Whether you are a historian, political scientist, sociologist, or language specialist, studying at EUSP will give you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of Russia, to conduct thorough and detailed reserach of your subject and to create a solid background for your career. While our course modules are accessible to students of all backgrounds, the chance to engage in academic discussions with other students from different countries, cultures, and academic fields will offer fresh perspectives on the topic at hand. To find out more, please read the testimonials of our previous students. An Investment in Your Future Our faculty members spare no effort in making sure that all the IMARES PLUS courses are both informative and interesting. The extra-curricular workshops, course of Russian language study, trainings in academic writing, work with academic supervisors and experience of living here in Russia all add to the value of the IMARES PLUS courses for your future career. IMARES PLUS diploma gives you a direct access to all PhD programs in Russia and all around the world. Our alumni continue their career in NGOs, business, academia, politics, journalism and the private sector. Whatever your career aim, the two-year Master's degree program in Russia will significantly enhance your CV and offer you a unique personal experience. Application procedure There are 4 easy steps to apply for two-year IMARES program at EUSP: Complete the Application form Send us all required documents Attend an Interview (via Skype) Receive notification of acceptance/rejection Required documents: Scanned copy of your Passport Scanned copy of your Bachelor's degree diploma (or documentation that proves you will receive your diploma this year) Scanned copy of your Academic Transcript Your Statement of Purpose (about 500 words, including statement of goals, research interests and experiences, including the subject of your bachelor thesis) Two letters of recommendation from academics who are closely acquainted with your academic work Your Curriculum Vitae COURSE FORMAT duration: 12 weeks lectures follow-up discussion sessions language of instruction: English SEMESTER ONE COURSES CORE COURSES Russian Foreign Policy (6 Credits) Russian-American Relations from the Historical Perspective (6 Credits) Foreign Language /English or Russian/ (3 Credits) IT and Online Research Sources (3 Credits) ELECTIVE COURSES You may sign up for only one elective course from each block. Block 1 Violence and Security in Eurasia: Conflicts, Terrorism, Extremism (6 Credits) Central Asia States: Making, Breaking and Remaking (6 Credits) Empire and Nationalism in Russia and the Soviet Union (6 Credits) St. Petersburg in Russian Literature (6 Credits) Block 2 Conflict and Cooperation in Eurasia (3 Credits) Russian Orientalism (3 Credits) SEMESTER TWO COURSES CORE COURSES Regime Change in Post-Soviet Eurasia (6 Credits) Russian Political and Social History (6 Credits) Foreign Language /English or Russian/ (3 Credits) ELECTIVE COURSES You may sign up for only one elective course from each block. Block 3 Between Russia and Iran: Geopolitical History of the Caucasus in the 19th-20th Centuries (6 Credits) The Golden Age of Russian Theatre: History, Experiments, Perspectives (6 Credits) Intellectual History of Russian Modernism (6 Credits) Block 4 Introduction to Political Economy (3 Credits) Introduction to Soviet Civilization (3 Credits) SEMESTER THREE COURSES CORE COURSES Academic Writing (3 Credits) Foreign Language /English or Russian/ (3 Credits) ELECTIVE COURSES You may sign up for only one elective course from the block. Block 5 Violence and Security in Eurasia: Conflicts, Terrorism, Extremism (6 Credits) Central Asia States: Making, Breaking and Remaking (6 Credits) Empire and Nationalism in Russia and the Soviet Union (6 Credits) From Icon to Avant-Garde: A Survey of Russian Art through the Centuries (6 Credits) [-]

Master in Cultural Dimension of the Arctic

Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia Arkhangelsk

The program provides extensive training in the field of the cultural studies of the Arctic, whilst encouraging students to design, to analyze, to research in the sphere of cultural dynamics of the Arctic region, comparative studies and global studies, to create the scientific and practical innovative projects aimed on the system solution of issues in the field of preservation and representation of traditional forms of culture, cultural policy implementation in the field of the maintenance of ethnocultural diversity and pluralism in the Arctic region. [+]

Masters in Area studies in Asia 2017. MISSION OF THE MASTER PROGRAM “CULTURAL DIMENSION OF THE ARCTIC” is to create knowledge system about fundamental principles and regularities of processes and mechanisms of development and creation of cultural images of the Arctic, their scientific, philosophical, religious and mythological, art reconstruction, representation, interpretation and broadcasting in modern society. The program will contribute to steady life support and activity of indigenous ethnic groups, preservation of ethnocultural diversity in the Arctic region. PRELIMINARY LIST OF MAIN COURSES Technologies of complex monitoring of a sociocultural situation in the Arctic region. Arctic as a special territory of heritage. Reserved ethnocultural landscapes of the Arctic. Traditional cultural practices of inhabitants of the Arctic region. Ethnocultural self-identification of indigenous people of the Arctic in the changing world: traditional values and modernization. Art development of the Arctic. Arctic art. Contemporary cultural practices: the Arctic tourism, ethno-art, design. Preservation and actualization of cultural heritage in the Arctic (historical and cultural monuments, objects of sea heritage, memorable places of polar expeditions; mentality, traditions, folklore). BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE PROGRAM: "Up-to-date information /actualization": the analysis of various aspects of Arctic culture is placed on the present, and not just on the past; "Transformation/process": changes of the ethnic, language, religious map of the Arctic it are considered as process; "Beyond borders/dialogue": historical and modern events are considered in the context of cultural dialogue; "Comparison / avoidance of generalizations": to avoid unjustified generalizations of the described situations the majority of subjects is considered in a comparative way. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Master program graduates can find a career in various cultural, social, educational and research fields. The program is tailored to produce best results in the following positions: Art Consultant Cultural Researcher Media Commentator [-]

Master in Socioeconomic and Political Development of Modern Asia

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia Moscow

Training young researchers of the politics, economics, sociology, culture, religions, and linguistics of Asian countries and peoples. [+]

This programme trains young scholars to conduct interdisciplinary research into the politics, economics, cultures, ethnicities, religions, and linguistics of Asia. It teaches not only the next generation of Asian Studies researchers, but also prepares students for professional careers involving Asia.

Using proper methods for carrying out research and analysis, students study the socio-economic, political, and culture-historic processes that shape countries in Asia. Special emphasis is placed on transnational relationships, interactions between Asia and the West, and the processes of globalization and social modernization.

Graduates enter doctoral programmes or begin their careers working for government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international companies. As Asia’s role on the global stage grows, regional experts are in even greater demand across all international-related professions.... [-]


Master in European Studies: Arctic Focus

Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia Arkhangelsk

Foreign Regional Studies is a prestigious, prospective direction in training qualified specialists having in-depth knowledge of foreign countries and regions. Training a specialist in the field of foreign [+]

Master in European Studies: Arctic FocusLanguage: EnglishForeign Regional Studies is a prestigious, prospective direction in training qualified specialists having in-depth knowledge of foreign countries and regions. Training a specialist in the field of foreign regional studies provides for the comprehensive study of European countries, international relations, organizations, associations, development outlooks for world and regional policy, world and national security.

1 year - autumn•    History and Methodology of Foreign Complex Regional Studies

•    Foreign Language (English, German)

•    Political Systems of the European Region

•    Countries in the System of International Relations... [-]


Master in Russian Studies

Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia Moscow

You will see what is really happening in Russia. You will understand the difference between myths about Russia and real processes, which are happening in Russia and post-Soviet States. You will learn [+]

Master in Russian Studies

POLITICAL RESEARCES OF RUSSIA AND POST-SOVIET STATES

 

You will see what is really happening in Russia. You will understand the difference between myths about Russia and real processes, which are happening in Russia and post-Soviet States. You will learn how it works from ‘the inside’ and will be able to compare the existing concepts and theories about Russia with real practice. You will get an access to the unique information data bases and technologies of work in Russia and will take part in political researches and campaigns.

Language of training: Russian and English

•    first year – education in English + intensive studying of Russian... [-]


Master in Regional Studies (European Studies)

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia Moscow

The program for the Master of Arts Degree in Regional Studies at the Institute of Foreign Languages of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia is unique in its content and structure. It makes a significant element in the studies of international relations. [+]

Master in Regional Studies (European Studies)

Period of studies: 2 years ECTS credits: 120

Program description

The program for the Master of Arts Degree in Regional Studies at the Institute of Foreign Languages of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia is unique in its content and structure. It makes a significant element in the studies of international relations.

The program is specially designed to help the students gain a greater understanding of how the global system works. It forms the basis for the student to customize the degree by branching out into a specific region of his or her choice to study its geography, history, political developments, diplomacy, economy and so forth.... [-]


Master in Russian Studies

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
Campus Full time September 2017 Russia Moscow

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia announces the enrolling in the Master’s Degree Programme in Russian Studies [+]

Master - Russian Studies

 

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia announces the enrolling in the Master’s Degree Programme in Russian Studies.

Our Programme is for those, who:

•    want to learn about Russia, its modern international relations, political, social and economic conditions as well as various aspects of Russian language, literature, history and culture;

•    seek to make a career in international trade and commerce, geopolitics, education, journalism or other related fields, or in scientific area;  

•    dream to study in Moscow with other students from other countries, in the international classical University, which holds a leading position in the rankings for several decades and has many years of experience in educating Russian and foreign students.Master’s Programme in Russia studies helps students to gain fundamental knowledge and skills in multidimensional studying of Russia. Master’s Programme has been developed for holders of diploma on higher education wishing to study modern issues and trends in the development of Russia.... [-]


Master's Teaching Of Foreign Languages ​​and Intercultural Communication

Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia Arkhangelsk

The purpose of the master's program: preparation of highly qualified specialists in the field of linguistics and intercultural communication (with a focus on the Barents [+]

The master's program - theory of teaching foreign languages ​​and intercultural communication in the BEAR Place of study: Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication (IFiMK), Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after MV Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk, Russia Education: Master The purpose of the master's program: preparation of highly qualified specialists in the field of linguistics and intercultural communication (with a focus on countries of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council), who are able to practice the system of scientific knowledge in linguistics, methodology of teaching foreign languages ​​and intercultural communication with skills Research search ready for research and teaching at all levels of the education system, including higher education, post-graduate and continuing professional education. Features:... [-]


NUS-ANU Joint Masters Degree in Southeast Asian Studies

National University of Singapore Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Campus Full time 12 months August 2017 Singapore

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and The Australian National University (ANU) are well known globally for teaching and research in Asia-Pacific studies [+]

NUS-ANU Joint Masters Degree in Southeast Asian Studies 

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and The Australian National University (ANU) are well known globally for teaching and research in Asia-Pacific studies. To promote further understanding of Asia and the Pacific, in particular Southeast Asia, the NUS and ANU have entered into an agreement to offer a Joint Masters Degree in Southeast Asian Studies with effect from the first semester of academic year 2004/2005. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS through its Department of Southeast Asian Studies, and the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU will administer the joint degree.

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International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES)

European University at St. Petersburg
Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

IMARES is the oldest of the international MA programs currently offered by the European University at Saint Petersburg, and has been available to students since 1998. Like its core subject of study - the post-Soviet space - IMARES has changed and developed over the past 18 years. The program not only examines the past, but also interprets the most up to date events unfolding in this fascinating region. By combining analyses of past and present, our students gain a deep understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics of the post-Soviet space. [+]

Masters in Area studies in Asia 2017. Introducing IMARES IMARES is the oldest of the international MA programs currently offered by the European University at Saint Petersburg, and has been available to students since 1998. Like its core subject of study - the post-Soviet space - IMARES has changed and developed over the past 18 years. The program not only examines the past, but also interprets the most up to date events unfolding in this fascinating region. By combining analyses of past and present, our students gain a deep understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics of the post-Soviet space. Why Study Eurasia? In its various forms (the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet space), Eurasia has been the scene of some of the world’s most spectacular dramas during the last three centuries, including the rise and fall of empires and the successes and stagnations of strikingly different political and economic systems. It has followed a path from one of the world’s largest empires to the birth of nation states. It has been the battleground for the Napoleonic War, Civil War, and the horrors of two World Wars. During a turbulent history, the people of Eurasia experienced the contrasting forces of autocratic monarchy, socialism and fragile democracy, atheism and religious fundamentalism, and multiculturalism and ethnic conflict. Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus and Russia’s western neighbors have been testing the ground for political and economic theories, which left legacies that are still felt today. IMARES enables students to learn about the geopolitical space, the path of its development, the theory and the practice of different political and economic regimes throughout its history, and the ways in which these past experiences continue to influence developments today. The IMARES Program Through a combination of lectures, seminars, and self-study, our students learn, talk, and read about a variety of topics, including revolutions in Saint Petersburg, Islam in Russia, democracy in Kyrgyzstan, reforms in Georgia, nation-building in Ukraine, foreign policy dilemmas in Armenia, economics in Belarus, border control in Tajikistan or security issues in Azerbaijan. Students will also have the opportunity to experience Russia’s history and culture first hand, through a trip to the medieval Russian town of Veliky Novgorod. Extra-Curricular Benefits of IMARES In addition to its core academic content, the IMARES course offers extra-curricular benefits: the IMARES workshop series introduces expert guest speakers, with whom IMARES can discuss specialist topics. Previous speakers include businessmen from the Russian Forbes list, the President of the European Council, the former head of the Belarusian state TV and Radio, a variety of researchers and decision-makers from both Russia and abroad. Furthermore, all IMARES students are offered a course in Russian language, tailored to suit their ability, from beginner to advanced. Combined with the experience of living in Russia, the development of Russian language skills gives IMARES students a far greater understanding of contemporary Russia. Such a level of understanding can only be gained by actually spending time here in Russia, and experiencing the country for yourself. IMARES Students In terms of their backgrounds and prior experience, IMARES students are often as diverse as the topics they study at the EUSP. Whether you are a historian, political scientist, sociologist, or language specialist, studying at EUSP will give you the opportunity to broaden your horizons and gain new perspectives on your course of study. While our course modules are accessible to students of all backgrounds, the chance to engage in academic discussions with other students from different countries, cultures, and academic fields will offer fresh perspectives on the topic at hand. To find out more, please read the testimonials of previous IMARES students. IMARES – An Investment in Your Future The IMARES faculty members spare no effort in making sure that all the IMARES courses are both informative and interesting. The extra-curricular workshops, course of Russian language study, and experience of living here in Russia all add to the value of the IMARES course for your future career. Our alumni have gone on to further courses of academic study (including PhD programmes), and careers in NGOs, business, politics, journalism and the private sector. Whatever your career aim, the experience of a year in Russia studying on the IMARES programme will significantly enhance your CV and offer you a unique personal experience. Application procedure There are 3 easy steps to apply for one-year MA degree program at EUSP: Complete the Application form Send us all required documents Receive notification of acceptance/rejection Required documents: Scanned copy of your Passport. Your international passport validity period must be at least 6 months following the date you are planning to leave Russia on completing the program (e.g. if you intend to stay in Russia until June 30, 2017 your passport expiry date shouldn't be earlier than December 30, 2017) Scanned copy of your Bachelor's degree diploma (or documentation that proves you will receive your diploma this year) Scanned copy of your Academic Transcript Your Statement of Purpose (about 500 words, including statement of goals, research interests and experiences, including the subject of your bachelor thesis) Two letters of recommendation from academics who are closely acquainted with your academic work Your Curriculum Vitae IMARES COURSE FORMAT lectures follow-up discussion sessions the language of instructions is English To complete the MA degree, the student must have a total of 60 Credits – 48 credits from courses and 12 Credits from an MA thesis. The student may choose to distribute these credits over the two semesters. That is, it is possible to take only 18 credits in the first semester and 30 credits in the second. Additionally, a student may audit as many classes as his or her schedule allows. NOTE : Courses which have been selected by fewer than 3 students will not be taught during the given semester. FALL SEMESTER COURSES Russian Foreign Policy (6 Credits) Central Asia States: Making, Breaking and Remaking (6 Credits) Russian-American Relations from the Historical Perspective (6 Credits) Empire and Nationalism in Russia and the Soviet Union (6 Credits) Violence and Security in Eurasia: Conflicts, Terrorism, Extremism (6 Credits) Russian Orientalism (3 Credits) Conflict and Cooperation in Eurasia (3 Credits) St. Petersburg in Russian Literature (6 Credits) From Icon to Avant-Garde: A Survey of Russian Art through the Centuries (6 Credits) IMARES Workshop Series (No Credits) Russian Language (3 Credits) SPRING SEMESTER COURSES Regime Change in Post-Soviet Eurasia (6 Credits) Jewish Life under Bolshevik’s Rule: Politics, Ideologies, Representations, 1920s–1930 (3 Credits) Russian Political and Social History (6 Credits) Introduction to Political Economy (3 Credits) Between Russia and Iran: Geopolitical History of the Caucasus in the 19th-20th Centuries (6 Credits) Introduction to Soviet Civilization (3 Credits) The Golden Age of Russian Theatre: History, Experiments, Perspectives (6 Credits) Intellectual History of Russian Modernism (6 Credits) IMARES Workshop Series (No Credits) Russian Language (3 Credits) [-]