Energy Politics in Eurasia (ENERPO)
ENERPO: The key to understanding international affairs in the 21st century
Competition and cooperation over the control of Eurasian natural resources will profoundly influence world politics in the 21st century. Crucial issues include the future of the Russo-European oil & gas trade, Russia’s “energy pivot” to Asia, the recent the LNG and shale gas “revolutions”, the recurring geopolitical crises in the post-Soviet space and the Middle East, the great opportunities and the huge profits generated by the energy sector, the use of “energy weapons” and levers, and the pursuit of environmental and economical sustainability, the sanctions regimes on Russia and Iran, and the current falling world price of oil.
The ENERPO program is designed to meet the growing interest in these challenges, and considers the importance of these issues for both policy makers and the energy business. Its innovative curriculum combines the perspectives of energy politics, security studies, and political economy, legal studies and is complemented by first hand expertise in the Eurasian energy sector from experts featured in the ENERPO Workshop Series. Also, once a year, some of the world’s leading experts are hosted at a yearly conference hosted by the university where students get front row seats and can ask questions. ENERPO is the only English-language MA program in Russia that focuses specifically on Eurasian energy affairs, thus making it a unique program in both the Russian and international academic landscape.
Developing energy expertise and building international “energy bridges”
ENERPO develops the expertise of well-rounded “energy bridge-builders and diplomats” in a broad sense, as its students have the opportunity to study energy international relations in the most open, independent and cosmopolitan academic environment in Russia—the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP). All courses are taught in English, while students also have the opportunity to improve their command of the Russian language through optional intensive classes. Outside the classroom, our students will familiarize themselves with Russian politics, society, and culture, and by doing so, improve their understanding of the context in with energy policy and energy trade are conducted in Russia. ENERPO thus offers international students the very best conditions in which to study Eurasian energy politics and getting Russia right.
While energy is often perceived as a dividing and highly politicized factor in East-West international relations, ENERPO brings together different perspectives and promotes dialogue and mutual understanding. The program is fully committed to training objective and knowledgeable specialists in energy politics, with the goal of developing future cadres of international energy companies, members of public institutions, consultants, and researchers.
ENERPO students and faculty
ENERPO has hosted students from sixteen different countries: USA, Russia, the UK, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania and Turkey. After graduating, some of our alumni have used the expertise and qualifications gained on the ENERPO program to launch professional careers in oil & gas companies, energy trading and law, energy consulting companies, and think tanks, while others have pursued academic paths aiming for doctoral degrees or started working in international political institutions.
The ENERPO faculty is a blend of Russian and international, renowned senior and promising junior professors, all of whom have solid international experience and are dedicated to the highest standards of teaching. The student-teacher ratio is around 3:1.
Student and faculty also contribute articles to the ENERPO Journal, a specialized online magazine on world energy affairs and the ENERPO Newsletter. These platforms give our students the opportunity to publish their own work, often for the first time, and to learn how to work in an editorial team. This not only gives our students confidence in their work, but also makes a valuable contribution to their CVs.
You may start any of our one-year international MA degree programs (IMARES, MARCA, and ENERPO) twice a year. The fall semester starts at the beginning of September. The spring semester starts at the beginning of February. You may choose whichever start date best suits your needs.
There are 3 easy steps to apply for one-year ENERPO program at EUSP:
- Complete the Application form
- Send us all required documents
- Receive notification of acceptance/rejection
- Scanned copy of your Passport
- Scanned copy of your Bachelor's degree diploma (or documentation that proves you will receive your diploma this year)
- Scanned copy of your Academic Transcript
- Your Statement of Purpose (about 500 words, including statement of goals, research interests and experiences, including the subject of your bachelor thesis)
- Two letters of recommendation from academics who are closely acquainted with your academic work
- Your Curriculum Vitae
Application selection procedure:
Applications are assessed by the EUSP International Programs Admissions Committee, which is made up of the Dean, Academic Director and faculty members. On the basis of the documents submitted, the Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant's ability to complete the program successfully in one year. Applicants can expect an admission decision approximately two weeks after submitting a complete application.
Admissions continue on a rolling basis until all places are taken. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Due to a somewhat lengthy Russian Study Visa issuing process we ask to send the completed application form no later than
October 30, 2016 for enrollment in Spring Semester 2017
April 30, 2017 for enrollment in Fall Semester 2017
In case you miss the deadline, please write to us to discuss the possibility of late application.