Department of History

Admission

The Department of History offers several possibilities:

  • Affiliation program “Graduate Associate in Russian History” for Ph.D or master program.    
  • Master’s Program "Russian National History"
  • PhD-level program "Historiography, Resource study and Methods of Historical Research"


The department’s Master’s and PhD-level programs are designed for students who have already earned a higher education diploma in the humanitarian or social sciences (an official diploma attesting to the completion of a bachelor or master’s program is required). Most courses are conducted in Russian, so you must have an advanced level of Russian to be able to apply and study in the department.

Both programs offer the unique experience of joint work in seminars and research projects with leading specialists in St. Petersburg and visiting professors from Europe and the USA. Close working relationships with other departments of the EUSP allows students situate their research in the context of contemporary economic, sociologic, political, and art theory.

The culmination of the Master’s program in the Department of History is the defense of a Master’s Thesis, which can become part of the Candidate of Science dissertation. If the defense is successful, students receive a state diploma at the Master’s level and can continue on to the Aspirant or Candidate of Science level at a minimum in philosophy and foreign language.

The Aspirant/Candidate of Science level is devoted to work on the Candidate’s dissertation whose component parts are presented at dissertation seminars. Work on the dissertation may continue under affiliation, and the researcher retains rights to access academic advisors, the university library and the university’s computer and technical resources.

Defense of the dissertation takes place at the Dissertation Council of the St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Science. Upon a successful defense VAK confers a state diploma of Candidate of Historical Sciences.

 

HOW TO APPLY?

The department’s master's program is designed for students who have already earned a higher education diploma in the humanitarian or social sciences (an official diploma attesting to the completion of a bachelor or master’s program is required).  Most courses are conducted in Russian, so you must have an advanced level of Russian to be able to apply and study at the department.

Documents can be submitted in person or by email. If you choose to send the documents by email, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will get an email confirming that your documents were received by the admissions committee.

Documents required for application:

  • Completed application (may be obtained from the acceptance committee, or simply downloaded).
  • Copy of your passport
  • Current resume or CV
  • Copy of diploma certifying completion of higher education degree
  • Four 3x4cm photographs
  • Medical examination and vaccine report
  • Recommendations from professors and departments (when available)
  • List of published academic work, if you have any publications
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample

Applicants may submit a writing sample either in a hard or electronic copy via regular or electronic mail of no less than 40000 characters, including citations. Subjects may range from history to the humanities or social sciences (philosophy, sociology, philology, art history, etc.)

Each prospective student will be interviewed in order to ascertain his or her motivations, level of preparation, and academic plans and goals should they be accepted to the EUSP. Out-of-town applicants (excluding those who live in the Leningrad oblast) may conduct the interview by Skype or telephone (EUSP will cover the long distance fees.)

 

FINANCIAL AID

Awarded on an individual basis in the following forms:
• Scholarship
• Scholarship for out-of-town students who require housing
Students may also apply for the announced stipends at a variety of different EUSP research centers according to their scientific interests.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS

The Department of History has strong and dependable relationships with universities and other research centers in Italy, France, Germany, USA, Finland, and Scotland. Professors from these universities regularly conduct visiting lectures in the department. Past students have completed internships and visiting research projects in Western universities, including: Tampera (Finland); Indiana (USA); Leiden (Holland), Bochum, Bielefeld, Berlin (Germany), Central-European University in Budapest (Hungary), Florence, Venice (Italy).

 

PLACEMENT

The European University opened its doors in 1996 and since then has awarded diplomas to several dozen highly qualified specialists in Russian history of whom we are very proud. It is difficult to list all of their accomplishments and reputations. Our graduates now make up the teaching staff in the history departments of SPbSU, the Jewish University, the Higher School of Economics, Harvard University (USA), as well as at research centers in Leiden University, and the University of Southern Stockholm. They also participate in various international research projects and fill high positions at the Russian Academy of Sciences, in the government, academic publishing houses, and libraries and museums of the city.

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