Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 17.2 k / Year(s) Deadline: Oct 30, 2024
StudyQA ranking:5304 Duration:1 year

One-year intensive IMARES Master’s degree program focus on Russia and the post-Soviet area. This comprehensive program allows you to study Russia and the whole Eurasian area in all aspects from A to Я. You will examine the past and analyze the most up-to-date events unfolding in the region, learn Russian and experience life in Russia. Together with other international students you will study and discuss a variety of topics, including foreign policy and security issues in Russia and neighboring countries, history and current events, changing society and reforms, and, of course, Russian culture and arts.

This is the only program in Russia that gives you the opportunity to

  • get an MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies in 1 year;
  • select the courses by the leading Russian and international professors and experts in the field;
  • design your own individual program from the broad course catalog;
  • study in the English language;
  • learn and improve your Russian;
  • enjoy the life in St. Petersburg - the old imperial capital of Russia;
  • get an excellent foundation for your career in public service, academia and business.   


IMARES program has empowered our alumni to make a career in

  • educational institutions in North America, Europe, and Russia;
  • research and administrative duties at Thomson Reuters, Elsevier, Smithsonian Institution, libraries and museums, editorial boards of academic journals and publishers;
  • journalism at The New York Times, The Moscow Times, etc;
  • private and state companies such as IBM, Bank of America, and Boeing;
  • government bodies (e.g. foreign embassies, NASA), national or regional councils and parliaments;
  • international organizations such as the International Criminal Court, The World Bank, European Commission.


  • 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.

Academic Courses

Vladimir Gel'man
Political Changes in Post-Soviet Eurasia

Ivan Kurilla
Russian-American Relations from the Historical Perspective

Alexey Miller
Empire and Nationalism in Russia and the Soviet Union

Ekaterina Stepanova
Russia and Armed Conflicts in and beyond Eurasia

Nikita Lomagin
Russian Foreign Policy

Sergei Podbolotov
Russian Political and Social History

Mikhail Troitskiy
Conflict and Cooperation in Eurasia

Gevorg Avetikyan
Between Russia and Iran: History of the South Caucasus in the 19th-20th Centuries

Darya Pushkina
Central Asia States: Making, Breaking and Remaking

Ilya Utekhin
Introduction to Soviet Civilization

Alexander Ivanov
Jewish Life under Bolshevik Rule: Politics, Ideologies, Representations, 1920s–1930s

Workshops with guest lecturers and experts

Russian Language


BA degree. No prior knowledge of Russian is needed.

In terms of 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, journalist or language specialist, studying at EUSP will give you the opportunity to broaden your horizons and gain new perspectives in a career. 

You may start IMARES twice a year. The fall semester starts at the beginning of September. The spring semester starts at the beginning of February. You may choose whichever start date best suits your needs. 

Admissions continue on a rolling basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Due to a somewhat lengthy Russian Study Visa issuing process, we ask to send the completed application form no later than

October 30, 2020, for enrollment in Spring Semester 2021

April 30, 2021, for enrollment in Fall Semester 2021

In case you miss the deadline, please write to us to discuss the possibility of late application.

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