USSR: Undergraduate Study Semester in Russia
Duration: 1 or 2 semesters
Workload: up to 30 credits per semester
Next start: September 4, 2017
Application deadline: April 30, 2017
This unique program was specially designed for undergraduates. Spend one challenging and fascinating 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 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
- 12-week semester of 12 weeks, from 18 to 36 contact hours per week
- The choice of 3 to 5 courses corresponding to 18 to 30 credits (9 to 15 US credits).
- Each subject course carries 6 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.
SAMPLE COURSES AND LECTURES
Political Changes in Post-Soviet Eurasia (6 Credits)
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 Soviet system and collapse of the Soviet Union as a point of departure, the course traces making and unmaking of major political institutions in these newly-established states by examining the impact of various legacies of the past and the role of domestic and international political and economic actors. Special attention is devoted to patterns of political continuity and changes during the wave of so-called “color revolutions” and their aftermath. We will also discuss more recent developments with regards to current crisis over Ukraine and the role of Russia.
Russian-American Relations from the Historical Perspective (6 Credits)
The main content of the course is the relations between Russia and the United States in their historical retrospective. The current state of the Russian-American interaction is analyzed in the contexts of diplomatic traditions, cycles of technological transfers and development of the mutual images. Within the course we will examine every aspect of the relations in the different historical periods and try to found the patterns of the intercourse. At the final discussion we will attempt to create a policy recommendation based on the knowledge from the course that would be useful for the policy-makers and pundits in the both countries.
From Icon to Avant-Garde: A Survey of Russian Art through the Centuries (6 Credits)
This course gives a condensed and comprehensive introduction to more than a thousand-year history of Russian art. From ancient icons to the Naturalist ‘reality effect’, and from normative aesthetics of the Imperial Academy to contemporary experiments, this course allows students to explore different ways of artistic and personal expression. Russian art is unique because of the series of radical changes of visual paradigms it has experienced. We shall unfold this story in a broad social context during lectures and seminars which take place both in the classroom and in the State Russian Museum. Upon completion of this course the students will gain knowledge of important artefacts and of distinguished Russian masters collected in the Russian Museum, as well as relevant problems in contemporary art. Apart from the in-class lectures, the course features 12 practical seminars in the Russian Museum (or its branches: such as the Marble Palace or the Inzhenerny Castle). Two special occasions are planned, to visit the Restoration Laboratories and the Russian Avant-Garde Storerooms (with the permission of the Museum).
Russian Orientalism (6 Credits)
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?
Energy Security and Russian Politics (6 Credits)
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)
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.
You may join USSR program 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 USSR 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 Academic Transcript
- Your Statement of Purpose (about 500 words, including statement of goals, research interests and experiences, including the subject of your bachelor thesis)
- One letter of recommendation from a person who is closely acquainted with your academic work
- Your Curriculum Vitae
Application selection procedure
Applications are assessed by the EUSP International Programs Admissions Committee. 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
April 30, 2017 for enrollment in Fall Semester 2017
October 30, 2017 for enrollment in Spring Semester 2018
In case you miss the deadline, please write to us to discuss the possibility of late application.