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  • Tuition Fee:
  • / Year (International)
  • Foreign: $ 17.2k / Year (International)
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 30 April 2019
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 612pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

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    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.


    Russian Foreign Policy (6 Credits)
    Russian-American Relations from the Historical Perspective (6 Credits)
    Central Asia States: Making, Breaking and Remaking (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)
    IMARES Workshop Series (1 Credit)
    Russian Language (6 Credits)


    Political Changes in Post-Soviet Eurasia (6 Credits)
    Russian Political and Social History (6 Credits)
    Jewish Life under Bolshevik’s Rule: Politics, Ideologies, Representations, 1920s–1930 (3 Credits)
    Introduction to Political Economy (3 Credits)
    Between Russia and Iran: History of the South Caucasus in the 19th-20th Centuries (6 Credits)
    Introduction to Soviet Civilization (3 Credits)
    IMARES Workshop Series (1 Credit)
    Russian Language (6 Credits)




    University requirements

    There are easy steps to apply:

    1. Complete the Online Application Form. You will get the confirmation shortly after we receive your application form.
    2. Send us all the required documents. The majority of documents should be attached to your application form. Please have a look at the chosen program’s pages for the full list of required documents. We will check your application and remind you of the missing documents. Recommendation letters must be submitted by the application deadline. You must not have any involvement in drafting, writing or submission of the letters. Ask your referee, usually the professor who is closely acquainted with your academic work, to prepare the letter and e-mail. The full application package will be forwarded to our Admissions Committee.
    3. Attend an Interview (personal or via Skype) An interview in person or via Skype (or other video chat service) is mandatory for all two-year IMARES Plus and ENERPO Plus programs applicants.
    4. Receive your Letter of acceptance or notification of rejection. The admission decision is sent via e-mail. Please let us know if you have any specific deadlines for receiving the official notification.
    5. Confirm your intention to study at EUSP as soon as you receive your Letter of acceptance. 
    6. Receive the Admission package. The package contains Visa Information, Accommodation and Payment details.  
    7. Send us a completed Visa questionnaire. We need to provide this information to the State Office for Migration of the RF Ministry of Internal Affairs to issue your Visa Invitation Letter. It takes about 30 days to issue it.
    8. Receive the original of your Visa Invitation Letter. We use FedEx or similar courier services to deliver your Invitation as soon as possible.
    9. Apply for your Study Visa at the Russian Consulate.
    10. Choose and book your accommodation and tickets to arrive in St. Petersburg 1-2 days before the first day of the semester.  

    Program requirements

    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

    April 30, 2019, for enrollment in Fall Semester 2019

    October 30, 2019, for enrollment in Spring Semester 2020

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

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