European University at St. Petersburg

Introduction

Founded in 1994 with the active support of the city of St. Petersburg, the European University began operating as an elite graduate school in the social sciences and humanities in 1996. From its inception, the mission of EUSP has been to meet the needs of Russian social development by training a new generation of teachers and scholars in the best Russian and Western traditions. The European University is one of only a few non-state universities fully qualified by the Ministry of Education to award advanced graduate degrees. Over some 20 years, EUSP has gained an international reputation for the superb scholarship of its faculty and the training of Russia's best and brightest graduate students at the highest international levels.

Like the best private universities outside Russia, the EUSP's independence is both intellectual and political. With a significant proportion of faculty with degrees from leading western institutions, and close relations with Stanford, Michigan, Cambridge University, Georgetown, Harvard, Helsinki University, and the University of California, Berkeley, of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Cambridge University (UK); Helsinki University (Finland), and the European University Institute in Florence, EUSP has a strong commitment to the integration of Russian scholarship with scholarship in Europe and America. With Russia's historical distance from the West in intellectual and social terms, this has been a fundamentally important position, one that encourages mobility and encourages graduates to pursue their teaching and scholarly careers in at home. For non-Russians, the International MA in Russian Studies is the only permanent program at the graduate level in Russia that offers degrees in sociology, political science and cultural studies to students from the North America, Europe and Asia.

The University is an important agent of innovation and change in other ways as well. As the Russian government itself has recognized, its democratic governance system serves as a model for other Russian institutions striving for international recognition. EUSP was an initiator of private endowment funding that has now become a standard in other universities and cultural institutions. Although fully independent of state control, the University often hosts important government figures as well as Russian and international scholars for seminars and lectures on issues of social importance. EUSP faculty and staff are also regularly invited as expert consultants by the Russian Federation Public Chamber, the Ministry of Economic Development, and the Ministry of Education and Science.

The University is also actively involved with the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Petersburg Dialogue Forum, and the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum. Partly for this reason, partly because our graduates are among Russia's best, many not only hold positions in leading universities, but occupy key posts in government and non-governmental organizations, as well as leading Russian and international companies. More than forty percent of those who have finished our core educational program have successfully defended their dissertations.

Founding members of the University:

  • Committee for Real Estate Management, Government of St. Petersburg;
  • St. Petersburg Institute for Economics and Mathematics (Russian Academy of Science);
  • St. Petersburg branch of Sociology Institute (Russian Academy of Science);
  • St. Petersburg Association of Scientists and Scholars

The mission of the University is to satisfy societal needs in raising and expanding professional qualification of specialists and in developing of their creative and scholarly potential on the basis of achievements of Russian and international experience and cooperation.

Due to its superlative professionalism and unique scholarly potential, EUSP has acquired a reputation as one of the most dynamic and modern educational institutions in the country.

Five important points about the European University at St. Petersburg

  1. EUSP has greater independence from the Russian governmental bureaucracy than most other Russian universities. This independence is important for both intellectual and political reasons. Universities in Russia were traditionally under the control of the government, to the extent of questions of the content of instruction and research, political ideology, and administration.

  2. In EUSP a high proportion of faculty have degrees from prominent Western universities. The university employs Russians with PhDs from such recognized schools as the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Cambridge University (UK); Helsinki University (Finland), a.o.

  3. EUSP has a commitment to the integration of Russian scholarship with scholarship in Europe and America. Against the background of Russian scholarship’s continuing isolation from the West, this is a fundamentally important position.

  4. EUSP encourages mobility but combats the brain drain. Rather than promoting the departure of graduate students to the West, EUSP invites Western students to come and study in Russia. The International MA in Russian Studies is the ONLY permanent program at the graduate level in Russia that offers degrees in sociology, political science and cultural studies to students from the North America, Europe and Asia (about 50 students annually). Both international and Russian students enjoy the advantages of studying in a truly international setting.

  5. EUSP is a decisive agent of innovation and change, introducing and disseminating new standards and practices in the Russian educational system. EUSP’s educational programs are popular not only amongst talented graduates of Russian universities, who currently hail from fifty-four Russian regions, but also amongst graduates of foreign universities (mainly in Western Europe and North America). For these students, EUSP offers special international programs taught entirely in English.

EUSP’s teaching faculty is staffed by well-known academics who have achieved significant results and recognition in their fields. Many of them received their PhDs from the best universities in Europe and the US, and have experience teaching in foreign universities.

Our professors are the permament memebrs of the International Association for the Humanities

Annually EUSP holds an interdisciplinary conference «Exhibition of the Academic Research Achievements» - a central event in the university academic life, that has already become a platform bringing together researchers from different departments of EUSP and providing a ground for our colleagues to familiarize with our research achievements.

EUSP graduates work in prestigious academic and research institutes, and occupy key posts in government and non-governmental organizations, as well as at leading Russian and international companies. More than forty percent of those who have finished our core educational program have successfully defended their dissertations.

Because EUSP has based its work on the principle of combining teaching with cutting-edge research, it is the first Russian university to have repeated the success of such universities as Harvard and UC Berkeley. The research university model is reflected not only in EUSP’s strategic plan and daily practice, but also in its organizational structure. The university consists of five departments and eleven research centers. A substantial portion of their work involves applied interdisciplinary research.

EUSP provides expertise during the preparation and implementation of key reforms vital to the country’s development. In particular, university staff members are regularly invited as expert consultants by the Russian Federation Public Chamber, the Ministry of Economic Development, and the Ministry of Education and Science. EUSP is actively involved with the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Petersburg Dialogue Forum, and the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum.

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International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES)

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. [+]

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) [-]

MA in Energy Politics in Eurasia (ENERPO)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 1 year February 2017 Russia St. Petersburg + 1 more

The ENERPO program is designed to meet the growing interest in these challenges, and considers the importance of these issues for both policy makers and the energy business. Its innovative curriculum combines the perspectives of energy politics, security studies, and political economy, legal studies and is complemented by first hand expertise in the Eurasian energy sector from experts featured in the ENERPO Workshop Series. [+]

ENERPO: The key to understanding international affairs in the 21st century Competition and cooperation over the control of Eurasian natural resources will profoundly influence world politics in the 21st century. Crucial issues include the future of the Russo-European oil & gas trade, Russia’s “energy pivot” to Asia, the recent the LNG and shale gas “revolutions”, the recurring geopolitical crises in the post-Soviet space and the Middle East, the great opportunities and the huge profits generated by the energy sector, the use of “energy weapons” and levers, and the pursuit of environmental and economical sustainability, the sanctions regimes on Russia and Iran, and the current falling world price of oil. The ENERPO program is designed to meet the growing interest in these challenges, and considers the importance of these issues for both policy makers and the energy business. Its innovative curriculum combines the perspectives of energy politics, security studies, and political economy, legal studies and is complemented by first hand expertise in the Eurasian energy sector from experts featured in the ENERPO Workshop Series. Also, once a year, some of the world’s leading experts are hosted at a yearly conference hosted by the university where students get front row seats and can ask questions. ENERPO is the only English-language MA program in Russia that focuses specifically on Eurasian energy affairs, thus making it a unique program in both the Russian and international academic landscape. Developing energy expertise and building international “energy bridges” ENERPO develops the expertise of well-rounded “energy bridge-builders and diplomats” in a broad sense, as its students have the opportunity to study energy international relations in the most open, independent and cosmopolitan academic environment in Russia—the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP). All courses are taught in English, while students also have the opportunity to improve their command of the Russian language through optional intensive classes. Outside the classroom, our students will familiarize themselves with Russian politics, society, and culture, and by doing so, improve their understanding of the context in with energy policy and energy trade are conducted in Russia. ENERPO thus offers international students the very best conditions in which to study Eurasian energy politics and getting Russia right. OilWhile energy is often perceived as a dividing and highly politicized factor in East-West international relations, ENERPO brings together different perspectives and promotes dialogue and mutual understanding. The program is fully committed to training objective and knowledgeable specialists in energy politics, with the goal of developing future cadres of international energy companies, members of public institutions, consultants, and researchers. ENERPO students and faculty ENERPO has hosted students from sixteen different countries: USA, Russia, the UK, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania and Turkey. After graduating, some of our alumni have used the expertise and qualifications gained on the ENERPO program to launch professional careers in oil & gas companies, energy trading and law, energy consulting companies, and think tanks, while others have pursued academic paths aiming for doctoral degrees or started working in international political institutions. The ENERPO faculty is a blend of Russian and international, renowned senior and promising junior professors, all of whom have solid international experience and are dedicated to the highest standards of teaching. The student-teacher ratio is around 3:1. Student and faculty also contribute articles to the ENERPO Journal, a specialized online magazine on world energy affairs and the ENERPO Newsletter. These platforms give our students the opportunity to publish their own work, often for the first time, and to learn how to work in an editorial team. This not only gives our students confidence in their work, but also makes a valuable contribution to their CVs. Application procedure There are 3 easy steps to apply for one-year ENERPO program at EUSP: Complete the Application form Send us all required documents 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 lectures follow-up discussion sessions the language of instructions is English no more than 15 students in one class allowed 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 CORE COURSES Economics for Energy Markets (3 Credits) Political Economy of Energy in Eurasia (3 Credits) Introduction to Energy Politics (3 Credits) Seminar on World Oil & Gas Affairs (3 Credits) ENERPO Workshop Series (No Credits) OPTIONAL COURSES Russia-EU Energy Relations (6 Credits) Energy Security in Asia (6 Credits) Russian Language (3 Credits) SPRING SEMESTER COURSES CORE COURSES The Evolution of World Oil and Gas Markets (6 Credits) Energy Security and Russian Politics (6 Credits) Seminar on World Oil & Gas Affairs (3 Credits) ENERPO Workshop Series (No Credits) OPTIONAL COURSES Introduction to the Political Economy of the Middle East (6 Credits) Introduction to Energy Law (3 Credits) Russian Strategies for Gas Supply (6 Credits) Russian Language (3 Credits) [-]

MA in Energy Politics in Eurasia (ENERPO Plus)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

The ENERPO PLUS program was designed on the basis of the one-year ENERPO program to meet the growing interest in these challenges, and considers the importance of these issues for both policy makers and the energy business. Its innovative curriculum combines the perspectives of energy politics, security studies, and political economy. In addition to the academic training provided by the ENERPO curriculum, it also includes a practical experience and allows more time for student's research work. ENERPO and ENERPO PLUS are the only English-language MA programs in Russia focusing specifically on Eurasian energy affairs. [+]

Competition and cooperation over the control of Eurasian natural resources will profoundly influence world politics in the 21st century. Crucial issues include the future of the Russo-European oil & gas trade, Russia’s “energy pivot” to Asia, the recent the LNG and shale gas “revolutions”, the recurring geopolitical crises in the post-Soviet space and the Middle East, the great opportunities and the huge profits generated by the energy sector, the use of “energy weapons” and levers, and the pursuit of environmental and economical sustainability, the sanctions regimes on Russia and Iran, and the current falling world price of oil. The ENERPO PLUS program was designed on the basis of the one-year ENERPO program to meet the growing interest in these challenges, and considers the importance of these issues for both policy makers and the energy business. Its innovative curriculum combines the perspectives of energy politics, security studies, and political economy. In addition to the academic training provided by the ENERPO curriculum, it also includes a practical experience and allows more time for student's research work. ENERPO and ENERPO PLUS are the only English-language MA programs in Russia focusing specifically on Eurasian energy affairs. ENERPO PLUS program provides you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of Russia and Russian Energy market, to conduct thorough and detailed research on your subject and to create a solid energy background for your career. The two-year MA program diploma gives you a direct access to all PhD programs in Russia and all around the world. ENERPO PLUS students and faculty ENERPO has hosted students from sixteen different countries: USA, Russia, the UK, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania and Turkey. After graduating, some of our alumni have used the expertise and qualifications gained on the ENERPO program to launch professional careers in oil & gas companies, energy trading and law, energy consulting companies, and think tanks, while others have pursued academic paths aiming for doctoral degrees or started working in international political institutions. The ENERPO faculty is a blend of Russian and international, renowned senior and promising junior professors, all of whom have solid international experience and are dedicated to the highest standards of teaching. The student-teacher ratio is around 3:1. Student and faculty also contribute articles to the ENERPO Journal, a specialized online magazine on world energy affairs and the ENERPO Newsletter. These platforms give our students the opportunity to publish their own work, often for the first time, and to learn how to work in an editorial team. This not only gives our students confidence in their work, but also makes a valuable contribution to their CVs. Application procedure There are 4 easy steps to apply for two-year ENERPO 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 lectures follow-up discussion sessions the language of instructions is English no more than 15 students in one class allowed SEMESTER ONE COURSES CORE COURSES Russian Foreign Policy (6 Credits) Introduction to Energy Politics (3 Credits) Economics for Energy Markets (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 the block. Block 1 Russia-EU Energy Relations (6 Credits) Energy Security in Asia (6 Credits) SEMESTER TWO COURSES CORE COURSES Energy Security and Russian Politics (6 Credits) Regime Change in Post-Soviet Eurasia (6 Credits) The Evolution of World Oil and Gas Markets (6 Credits) Foreign Language /English or Russian/ (3 Credits) ELECTIVE COURSES You may sign up for only one elective course from the block. Block 2 Introduction to Energy Law (3 Credits) Introduction to Political Economy (3 Credits) SEMESTER THREE COURSES CORE COURSES Academic Writing (3 Credits) Foreign Language /English or Russian/ (3 Credits) SEMESTER FOUR COURSES ELECTIVE COURSES You may sign up for only one elective course from the block. Block 3 Introduction to the Political Economy of the Middle East (6 Credits) Russian Strategies for Gas Supply (6 Credits) [-]

MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES Plus)

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) [-]