- Annual Enrollment:
- 150 including 40 at International Programs
- Average GPA:
- % of international students:
- 30% at the University (95 % at International Programs)
- Degrees offered:
- MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies, MA in Energy Politics in Eurasia
- Employment sectors:
- Public service, NGOs, International business and finance, International organizations, and mass media
- Info here
European University at St. Petersburg 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.
Twenty years ago 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 you may choose between an intensive one-year IMARES program and a two-year IMARES Plus program with more time to learn 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, 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 a broad area expertise.
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European University at St. Petersburg is a private graduate school and the top research university in Russia. It 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. Why have you decided to launch a specific Master of Arts (MA) program with a focus on energy affairs in Eurasia?
In the twenty-first century, competition and cooperation over energy resources have become key factors in international affairs. The intensive one-year ENERPO (Energy Politics in Eurasia) and two-year ENERPO Plus programs are the only MA programs in Russia where students can learn and discuss, in English, a variety of topics, including Russian-European and Russian-Asian energy relations and challenges, influence of energy sector on politics, and economics and social development in the post-Soviet space. Interestingly, Albert Hirschman’s observation of 1945, an expansion upon Machiavelli, seems to be correct: “a textbook for the modern prince should contain extensive new sections on the most efficient use of quotas, exchange controls, capital investment, and other instruments of economic warfare,” including energy.
For people, “life is movement.” For countries, “life is energy,” as it affects entire industries and the economy. Energy security is a very intricate subject depending on economic, political, and social factors. What helps your students become experts in this field?
The ENERPO program offers students an exceptional interdisciplinary program combining energy-related courses from various disciplines—political and social sciences, economics, law, and history—in order to gain answers to basic questions. These questions vary from whether a combination of national energy security models could entail a system that could be accepted as a global common good, to if it is possible to merge different energy security approaches by exporters, importers, and transit states, as well as by climate change advocates and their opponents. Also what is the take on this from businesses and other industries.
In order to provide a practical approach on these issues, we arrange ENERPO workshops—roundtable meetings with prominent experts and energy business representatives from Russia and abroad. The seminar on world oil and gas affairs helps students analyze energy market news on a daily basis and prepare materials for a weekly ENERPO e-newsletter and a quarterly ENERPO journal. The summer school in Tyumen, known as the capital of Russian oil, and regular internships give our students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the industry and to attend both research and industrial facilities related with energy production.
This year, the fifth class of students graduated from the ENERPO program. What are their career prospects?
Solid education and strong skills in energy markets and political analyses, along with the opportunities for summer internships and career counseling, help students start their career in business, government, journalism, nongovernmental organizations, and academia. Some of our alumni work as energy analysts or traders in international energy companies; others use their skills in civil service or seek degrees in law and business or PhDs. Being a truly international program with students from more than a dozen countries—the United States, Australia, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Norway, Russia, the Caucasus, South Korea, Turkey, and the Gulf States—ENERPO guarantees a rich and vivid multicultural experience.
European University at St. Petersburg is among the top research universities in social sciences and humanities in Russia. It is sometimes compared with Formula 1 racing. What makes your university so different?
European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) is not a typical Russian university. It is a private graduate school that attracts some of the best scholars and leading experts from Russia and abroad. We produce top research in humanities and social sciences and teach talented graduate students interested in studying Russia and Post-Soviet space. The 3:1 student/professor ratio ensures individual guidance and personal attention to each of our students. Our international community of professors, administrators, and students make us the most cosmopolitan of Russian universities.
St. Petersburg is arguably the most beautiful city in Russia, full of cultural and academic attractions, living its vibrant life on the edge between Russia and Europe. Our students take full advantage of its unique archives and libraries and excellent theaters and museums.
The situation in the world, and especially in Eurasia, has been changing rapidly in recent decades. This also means new challenges for universities who prepare future experts in international relations. How EUSP maintains up-to-date expertise at its International Programs?
Our first Master’s degree program for international students in English started 18 years ago. Since then, we amend our curriculum in accord with the latest geopolitical changes and scholarship development every year without exception. As a History Professor, I can tell that the importance of history as a political tool and as a bone of contention in numerous “culture wars” had highly increased in the Post-Soviet space as well as in the whole world. We study history and “historical politics” within our MA degree program in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES program), as well as international relations, security and terrorism, and culture and social issues. We discuss the most recent changes and trends at regular IMARES workshops and guest lectures.
Until recently, most of our international students had chosen intensive programs that led to an MA degree within one year. Starting this academic year, we are proudly opening two new two-year Master’s degree programs. One is in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES Plus). The second one focuses specifically on Energy Politics, Energy Security and Energy Relations in Eurasia (ENERPO Plus). Students now can choose if they prefer to spend two years in St. Petersburg to learn or improve their knowledge of Russian language, do their internships or conduct in-depth research.
Your international students spend intensive and interesting time in St. Petersburg. What about their career perspectives after graduation?
We are proud to meet our alumni from different countries working in their governments and in NGOs, academia, and business. EUSP gives them an excellent foundation for a career that requires a multicultural competence and international experience. The life and study in Russia and the knowledge of Russian language are an essential competitive edge over other graduates.
Vladimir Gel'man is a Professor at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at European University at St. Petersburg.
The European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) was established in Russia in 1994 as a graduate school in humanities and social sciences. What helped this independent institution become a top research center on the social, political, and economic issues of modern Russia?
Our university was the first independent graduate school in Russia to use Western patterns of management and administration, including an international advisory board, board of trustees, and endowment. We began as a team of leading scholars and talented students interested in research work. EUSP now includes five academic departments and ten research centers. Our financial stability and independence allows us to develop new and promising fields, such as energy policy, and science and technology studies.
EUSP was the first university in Russia to establish an MA program in Russian Studies geared for international students. The program was launched in 1998. What were the main reasons to start it?
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, interest in Russian studies began to decrease. Russia seemed to be less challenging and more predictable, and thus could not compete with more “interesting” regions at the time. We started IMARES—International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies—a program for students from America and Europe who wanted to study the new Russia, its changing society, its political and economic development, and trajectories that could not be learned from the books of twentieth-century Sovietologists. Like its core subject of study—the post-Soviet space—IMARES has changed and developed over the past seventeen years. The program not only examines the past, but also interprets the most up-to-date events unfolding in this fascinating region.
There are many Russian Studies departments worldwide. Why students should study Russian Studies in Russia?
The Russian saying “Bolshoe viditsia na rasstoyanii” (The big things are visible from a distance) is not true when applied to regional studies. It is not effective to study any region only by reading books, attending lectures, and learning the language. To begin understanding the “Russian soul,” you must experience life and learning in Russia. EUSP provides plenty of excellent opportunities for that. Our campus is located in downtown
St. Petersburg—arguably the most beautiful city of Russia and its cultural capital, offering many world-famous museums and theatres. Aside from IMARES, students can choose the ENERPO MA program, to study energy politics in Eurasia, or the MARCA MA program, if their passion is Russian cultural history and the arts.
It seems your students spend an interesting and intensive year at EUSP. It is a valuable experience but can the degree be considered an investment in their future? What are your students’ career opportunities?
We are proud of all our students and graduates. Some of them chose academic careers and have pursued their doctoral degrees, or now teach and research around the globe. Others began careers in government and NGOs or joined international companies with a focus on Russian and Eurasian markets.