- Founded :1994 year
- Type of University : Private
- StudyQA ranking: 35 pts.
- Offered programms: 2 Master
- No. Students: 250
- Frgn. Students: 50
- No. Staff: 80
- Study mode: 2 On campus
- Languages of instruction: English
European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) is a private, postgraduate school in humanities and social sciences established in 1994 in Russia. EUSP now is a top research center on the political, social, and economic issues of modern Russia. The university includes five academic departments, twelve research centers, and an international team of professors, world-class scientists, and talented students making EUSP the most international university in Russia and the most Russian university in the world.
EUSP is a well-known destination for students from the United States, Europe, and Asia who are interested in all aspects of Russian and Eurasian studies. Russian Federation continues to be a major political and economic world power with a rich cultural heritage. Join one of our international programs to study Russia from A to Я, learn the language, get life experience in St. Petersburg - ‘scientific and cultural capital of Russia,’ and step ahead to your career in academia, mass media, public service or business.
The idea of a university breaking the mold of the usual state higher educational system in Russia was born at the end of the 1980s. That was a period of democratic revival and romantic inspiration in the country, when the Soviet Union was already in the twilight.
At that time several people in the academic circles of Saint Petersburg discussed the idea of a new, independent and free university, that would fill the gaps of the traditional Russian system of tuition in the social sciences and humanities. Such a university was also deemed to reverse the brain drain, a phenomenon that hit hard the Russian academia in the late Soviet - early post-Soviet period.
The suggestion of the name "European" belongs to Leo Klejn, professor of Archeology at Saint Petersburg State University, and a member of the group of enthusiasts who prompted the foundation of EUSP. At the end of the 1980s Russian and American politicians, statesmen and academicians would moot a foundation of the American University in Moscow that would receive support from American companies and private individuals. Leo Klejn thought that as soon as American funds had already been tapped into by Moscow, its historical rival Saint Petersburg, popularly known as Russia's "window on Europe", should establish a "European University". That aspiration would bring together the best academic and financial resources from Russia and Western Europe.
At the beginning of the 1990s the concept of European University had taken a concrete form with active participation of Anatoly Sobchak, the first Mayor of Saint Petersburg, Boris Firsov, then the President of the Saint Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, and many other bright intellectuals prominent in cultural and academic life of the city. Since then the major events in the history of EUSP have been as follows.
On 28 November 1994, the University was registered with state authorities in Saint Petersburg. The Charter of the University and its Foundation Convention were formally agreed upon and produced.
In spring 1995 an agreement was reached between the University and the municipal authorities on allocation of funds from the city budget towards rental costs of the university building in 3 Gagarinskaya street (then Furmanova St.) and its maintenance.
In autumn 1995 EUSP started its first educational programme, the so-called open graduate courses, which was not leading to a degree. In December of the same year, under the HESP programme of Soros Foundation the University received funds to establish a computing room and the library.
In January 1996, the governing bodies of HESP, the Ford Foundation, and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation decided to grant funds to EUSP towards opening the main academic programme. It started later that year, in September, when four departments - Economics, Ethnology, History, Political Science and Sociology - were licensed to admit students on the main academic course for the first time.
In 1998 EUSP launched the first one-year MA program in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES) for international students with course selection and credit system common for students from the US and Europe. All the courses are in English. No prior knowledge of Russian is needed to enter the program.
Now students may choose between an intensive one-year IMARES program and a two-year IMARES Plus program with more time to learn the Russian language, conduct the research, do an internship, and spend a semester in one of our partner universities in Russia or abroad.
IMARES programs focus on Russia and the post-Soviet area. Students become immersed in the new Russia, its changing society, its political and economic development. You will study the past and analyze the most up-to-date events in Eurasia region. Topics include foreign policy dilemmas, political economy, and history, security issues, revolutions, democracy, reforms in Russia and neighboring countries.
Students interested in the energy affairs may choose Master’s degree programs in Energy Politics in Eurasia (ENERPO). One-year ENERPO and two-year ENERPO Plus programs are the only MA programs in Russia that focus specifically on Eurasian energy affairs. Together with other international students you will learn and discuss a variety of topics including Russian-European and Russian-Asian energy relations and challenges, an influence of energy sector on politics, and economics and social development in the post-Soviet space and the Middle East.
EUSP international programs provide an excellent foundation for a future career in public service, business, mass media or academia that requires broad area expertise.
There are easy steps to apply:
European University at St. Petersburg is a small postgraduate school and we are proud of it. We have 250 MA and PhD students and only about 50 in International Programs. It means you will feel familiar on our campus and friendly faces will always be near.
Though all International Programs are very intensive, we also have room to pursue diverse interests of our students.
We have open lectures, discussions, movies, concerts, lectures, parties, student meetings, language clubs and different type of athletic events. And when you leave our beautiful campus in the heart of St. Petersburg, you may discover all that the cultural capital and the second largest city in Russia may give you - museums, theatres, cimnemas, gyms, sport halls and lots more.
Student Office is always ready to provide you information about all the events at the University and in the city. The office also helps to save your budget. Ask Yulia Eremenko, Head of Student Office, about special rates and discounts for EUSP students.
Student Facilitator at EUSP International Office deals with the planning and organization of events and activities for International students. Please don't forget to suggest your own ideas!
European University has six departments:
European University at Saint Petersburg offers programs in English:
Here at EUSP International Programs, you may study in English and
You have to study hard to earn your degree at EUSP and we do our best to make your study process convenient for you: