International Programs

USSR: Undergraduate Study Semester in Russia


1 February – 6 May 2016

1 September – 11 December 2016

This unique program was specially designed for undergraduates. Spend one unforgettable semester in St. Petersburg, learn more about Russian history, politics, energy resources, cultural history and arts, and improve your Russian at intensive Russian language course. The module draws upon the resources and experience of the renowned International MA Programs: IMARES, MARCA and ENERPO but is tuned to the specific requirements of the undergraduate training.  Throughout the semester in Saint Petersburg students will receive professional academic training in the Russian area studies and get a diverse personal experience of the Russian society.  The courses in history and culture will include on-site classes in cultural and historical venues of Saint Petersburg. All instruction is in English.

Workload and credits

  • Semester of 14-weeks, from 18 to 36 contact hours per week
  • The choice of 3 to 5 courses corresponding to 18 to 30 Credits credits (9 to 15 US credits).
  • Each subject course carries 6 Credits credits (3 US credits) and is taught for 4 academic hours per week plus homework. Delivered through lectures and seminar sessions for which home reading is assigned, each course involves submitting one or two essays.
  • Russian language is taught for 8 hours per week in groups corresponding to proficiency level Final evaluation can include the official TORFL test.



Regime Change in Post-Soviet Eurasia (6 Credits)

Dr. Vladimir Gel'man

 The course is focused on the emergence and development of political systems of post-Soviet countries within the context of regime changes and state-building. Starting with the collapse of the Soviet Union as a point of departure, the course traces the making and unmaking of major political institutions in these newly established states by examining the impact of legacy of the past, the role of domestic political elites and international political and economic actors. Special attention is devoted to patterns of political instability and leadership changes during the wave of so-called «color revolutions».

Russian Orientalism (6 Credits)

Dr. Alfrid Bustanov 

1978 saw the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism. That book has done much to shape the way that we think about “the West,” “the East”, and interactions between the two. This course begins with Said’s work and examines its relevance for Russia.  How has “the Orient” been constructed as a major “Other” in the Russian Empire  and in the Soviet Union? Is the concept of Orientalism that Said elaborated primarily on the basis of French and British imperialism applicable for Russia? What comprises the Orient for Russia? What are the instruments of constructing the images of Oriental peoples? What is the role of scholarship in defining “Russia’s Own Orient”? What is the link between the creation of nations and Orientalist concepts? And finally, is there a “Russian soul” of Orientalism? Is the Russian/Soviet case somewhat specific in comparison to colonialist experience of Western Europe?

Intellectual History of Russian Modernism (6 Credits)

Dr. Ilona Svetlikova

The course will follow the history of Russian modernism in the context of the history of ideas. Writings of symbolists, avant-garde poetry and painting, literary and artistic criticism will be considered against the background of contemporary science, philosophy, and religious thought. Thus, interpreting one of the literary masterpieces of the period, Andrej Belyj’s “Petersburg” (1913), it is vital to take into account the author’s numerous non-literary sources, from contemporary studies on psychology to mystical treatises.

Energy Security and Russian Politics (6 Credits)

Dr. Nikita Lomagin

Energy constitutes a major lifeline in all societies and one of the most crucial sources of maintaining and developing global life. Access to energy is a necessary element of a state’s security. At the same time, «the energy business» is a very complex topic. In order to understand it, one must deal with a myriad of different issues connected to this topic. The class focuses on energy policy and energy security understood in the context of global and Eurasian political economy and international relations. The course offers different perceptions of energy security in importing and exporting nations, and aims at contemporary development in providing energy security on global, regional and national levels. Energy security includes three components: reliability of supply, affordability of supply, and environmental friendliness. While all three elements are considered essential to energy security, most states promote some elements more than others. Special attention will be given to Russia as one of major energy powers in the globe. Students will analyze the current developments in the energy sector from political, economic, legal, and environmental angles.

 The Evolution of World Energy Oil and Gas Markets (6 Credits)

Yulia Vymyatnina

Energy markets are subject to constant change due to political, economic, societal, technical, financial, and an endless number of other reasons. This course aims at distinguishing the core forces among the many ones shaping the energy markets towards more open, competitive and globalized structures. The two main markets analyzed in the course are oil and gas, with other markets for primary energy mentioned when relevant. Analysis includes several stages of energy market development illustrating the evolution of contracts, pricing mechanisms, market organization etc. An important part of energy market development is investment both financial and capital, and the changing structures and incentives for investment decisions related to energy markets make an important part of the course.

The course’s aims are: 1. To familiarize the students with the evolution of oil and gas markets in terms of space, market structure, pricing mechanism. 2. To familiarize the students with the relevant for energy markets forms of financial market instruments. 3. To enable students to analyze current trends in oil and gas markets and forecast on this basis the likely future developments in both markets.



EUSP provides visa and registration support.  It also helps to lodge international students in Russian families or to rent separate apartments.  Students are entitled to use the library, the computer facilities, and other university services.


The tuition is 8,600 US dollars per one-semester program per student corresponding to the standard load and credits. 



Institutional and individual applications are welcome.  EUSP seeks institutional partnerships with universities wishing to send small groups of students to Russia for one semester on a regular basis.

Individual applications should include:

  1. A completed application form (online application form)
  2. Your statement of purpose (not more than 500 words)
  3. A letter of recommendation from an academic who is very familiar with your academic work
  4. Current transcript of academic records
  5. Your Curriculum Vitae / Resume

The whole application package, including recommendation letters, may be sent by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alternatively, you can post your application to:  

International Office
European University at St. Petersburg
3 Gagarinskaya Street
191187 St. Petersburg, RUSSIA


Application deadlines:

Spring 2016 Semester

Admissions continue on a rolling basis until all places are taken. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Applicants should expect admission decision in two weeks after submitting complete application. 

Fall 2016 Semester

Admissions continue on a rolling basis. Due to a somewhat lengthy Russian Study Visa issuing process we ask to send the completed application form no later than April 30, 2016.



Start the application process


For more details, please, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +7 (812) 386 7648