International Programs
  • Nicholas Watt (ENERPO, 2013)

    Studying at EUSP’s international programs helped me grow in three key ways. First, it provided me access to an international network of friends, acquaintances, and high-caliber professors that supported me during my studies and continues to support me five years later. Second, my time studying in EUSP’s ENERPO program served as a launchpad to my career as an energy industry journalist: EUSP is large and international enough to provide global career opportunities, and the city it’s in is local and vibrant enough to allow room for new ideas. Third, it gave me the gift of personal and professional growth that only an experience of trying to thrive in a world very foreign to one’s own can give. For a young university graduate from the US who’s eager to take a deep dive into life in Russia’s cultural capital and receive a graduate degree that offers career opportunities, I cannot recommend EUSP’s international programs enough! Now Mr. Watt is an energy industry journalist and an editor at ...
  • Marina van Riel (USSR, 2010)

    In 2010, I spent a semester at the EUSP as part of the Undergraduate Study Semester Abroad (USSR) programme. EUSP came highly recommended by my home university's professor, and it turned out that he had not been exaggerating. Most importantly, the level of teaching at EUSPb is very high, even undergrad classes are taught by faculty who are top experts in their respective fields. The courses I took were very well-structured, covering Russian media, culture, and politics in all their breadth, without compromising on depth. The faculty-student ratio is excellent and classes are taught in an interactive seminar style, encouraging lots of debate among the students. During my relatively short time at EUSP, I felt like my understanding of Russia increased exponentially. The international student body is a huge bonus, I met many interesting people from all over the world who shared my interest in Russia and in Saint Petersburg jazz clubs. This city is amazing and has so much to offer, in term ...
  • Peter Bannink (IMARES, 2013)

    In the midst of the cold winter of 2012, I started the IMARES program at the charming pink palace on Gagarinskaya, and until today I have daily reminders of my time spend in St. Petersburg. I am still in touch with a great group of fellow students, now living and working all over the world. Our courses were very interactive, and with students from very different geographic and ideological backgrounds, that meant we had intense discussions about the Russian political discourse in past and present. Aside from our studies in the EUSP building we also had a trips to the Hermitage, to Novgorod and a two-week seminar at the Kazan State University. These excursions and changes of scenery offered unique new insights to the study materials. EUSP is a progressive graduate school that nurtures critical thinking, encouraged by the mix of Russian and international staff with global academic experience. After finishing the program, I stayed in St. Petersburg, first as a trainee at the Dutch Consula ...
  • Nicholas Marmet (MARCA, 2012)

    EUSP helped me to take the knowledge and skills that I had acquired while studying Russian as an undergraduate student in the US and further develop them to help me land the job that I wanted after graduating. The one-year Master’s program is truly unparalleled in the experience, exposure, and insights that it offers to international students seeking to better understand Russia and the former USSR. The professors, all distinguished researchers, and practitioners in their fields are phenomenal not only because they are so passionate about the subjects they teach, but also because they make themselves so available to their students. One aspect that surprised me was how rewarding it was to study topics like nationalism and political change with other international students from all over the world, who introduced different viewpoints and understandings that did not always align with my own as an American. Outside of class, we explored St. Petersburg and beyond together, and the close frie ...
  • Hannes Farlock (IMARES, 2012)

    After having worked several years in my first job in Germany after university, I felt the urge to change my professional career and to focus on the CIS countries. The IMARES program offered a true opportunity to do this. For me it was a very valuable experience that sharpened my understanding of the region, the language and culture. Eventually it completely changed my professional life. The experience at EUSP offered me the possibility to stay in the region after graduation and to follow interesting job opportunities. After having spent several years working in IT in Belarus, I returned to Russia now where I work for the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce in Moscow. Thanks a lot to the team at the EUSP for your support and inspiration.
  • Amanda Sonesson (USSR, 2015)

    For me, EUSP did not only represent an incredible opportunity to gain new knowledge in an hard working and inspiring environment with knowledgeable and dedicated teachers, it also represents a place where I immediately felt at home. The warm welcome that I got by both staff and teachers after deciding to drop out of the university that I was originally going to do my exchange semester at (as it did not live up to my expectations) helped me keep motivated and to work hard, studying subjects that I really love at the IMARES program. I would say that it is thanks to EUSP that I went on doing an internship at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs Russia and Central Asia Desk and that I’m now living in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, working with organizational development and human rights at a local NGO. For me, my semester at the EUSP and in Saint Petersburg really helped me realize that I want to keep developing my knowledge and understanding of Eastern European, Russian and Central Asian politics, ...
  • Vreni Veskimagi (ENERPO, 2015)

    I decided to study at EUSP because of my interest in energy politics. After studying 4 years in the US, I felt fascinated by the idea of doing my masters studies at Saint Petersburg to get an absolutely different cultural experience. The ENERPO program improved significantly my knowlegde in oil and gas affairs and renewable energy. I also enjoyed the variety of nationalities and cultural backgrounds in classrooms and what is the most important, I met great people and established friendships for life. The professors were very knowledgable and understanding of the needs of the individual students. The program definitely helped me to get a job in the energy sector in Estonia. In addition, the incredible vibe of this cultural capital of Russia, its fabulous palaces and cathedrals, vibrant history, elegant bridges and canals and much more made my studying experience unforgettable. Studying ENERPO in Saint Petersburg was a life-changing experience which helped me grow both professionally an ...
  • Cory Driver (IMARES, 2016)

    My decision to come to Russia and study at EUSP was made to serve as a launching point down a completely different career path than my undergraduate degree had prepared me for. Initially, I was concerned about feeling out of place or in over my head. However, those concerns were never realized, and the entire EUSP staff and faculty made sure incoming students from all backgrounds felt right at home in the classroom as well as in the city. This past year in Russia has been an incredibly formative experience for me, both from an educational and personal standpoint. The cultural immersion and IMARES curriculum have added an extra layer to my perspective regarding Russia that is advantageous in pursuing future professional endeavors. As I encounter new chapters in life, I will always be thankful for the education I received and the experiences I shared with many wonderful people in charming Petersburg.
  • Ellen Powell (IMARES, 2016)

    I went to Russia because I wanted to understand. Having spent a year studying in the IMARES program at the European University at St Petersburg, I can confirm that I know immeasurably more about Russian and Eurasian politics and society than I did before I went. I had been fascinated by Russia for years: reading Russian literature, studying the history, watching Russian ballets, and making friends from Russia. While working on my undergraduate thesis about Russian regime transitions, I came to the realisation that what my thesis really needed was the deeper understanding that only comes from first-‐hand experience. For me, EUSP was the perfect place to develop that experience. The entire International Programs staff was so good at helping us get oriented: I knew barely a word of Russian when I arrived, but they helped bridge any linguistic divides. Of course, I quickly started learning the language, with the help of an incredible Russian teacher who had stories about everything – and ...
  • Lina Strandvaag Nagell (ENERPO, 2016)

    During my time as an ENERPO student at EUSP I have been thoroughly introduced and challenged on a whole new field I had little background in from before. I applied to the ENERPO program to learn more about the political and economic factors influencing the energy market, and my expectations have certainly been met. One of the things I have enjoyed at EUSP is the teachers' ability to convey detailed knowledge of different regions and markets, as well as the broader international issues, linking them and showing their relevance to the theoretical literature used in the course. Together with classmates I have discussed current events and their possible development, further expanding and challenging my knowledge and views. I have especially enjoyed taking part in the ENERPO Journal, being given the opportunity to write and publish articles relevant to my field of studies. Interesting guest lecturers and events have made my year at EUSP a dynamic one, filled with different, sometimes oppos ...