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Whether because of global energy concerns, regional and ethnic conflicts, economic growth, migration, East-West relations, or political unpredictability, the Eurasian space continues to attract international attention. The International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES) at EUSP is designed to meet this strong interest by engaging the many analytical challenges posed therein.

IMARES provides training in the politics, economy, society, and history of Russia and neighboring Eurasian states. It combines the highest standards of teaching in English by Russian and international faculty with the advantages of living in St. Petersburg, Russia's cultural capital. A separate teaching module on Empire and Islam is offered in Kazan, the city where Slavic and Turkic civilizations meet. We offer a comprehensive and varied curriculum.

Our alumni work in such organizations as the US State Department, diplomatic missions, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Alfa Bank, Bloomberg, Shell, Carbon Capital Markets Ltd. Others have entered Ph.D. programs at Oxford University, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Washington, University of Chicago, George mason University, Heidelberg University and more.

The degree is based upon the merit and reputation of the EUSP. Credits obtained at IMARES are formally recognized by the Elliot School of Government of The George Washington University, DC, and the Aleksanteri Institute of The University of Helsinki.


• Security Threats in Eurasia: Armed Conflicts, Terrorism and Extremism
• Comparative Political and Economic Development after Communism
• Central Asia States: Making, Breaking and Remaking
• Regime Change in Post-Soviet EurasiaThe Post-Soviet Political Economy: Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus
• Russian Foreign Policy
• Islam and Nationalism in Eurasia
• Russian Political and Social History
• Russian Media, Culture and Society
• Doing Fieldwork in Russia
• The Russian Empire: Sovereignty, Nationalism and Politics of Diversity
• A World History of the Caucasus, 3000 B.C.E. – 2013 C.E.
• Political Economy of Energy in Eurasia
• Energy Security and Russian Politics
• Siberia: An Introduction to the Region


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

Applications should include:

1. A completed and signed application form
2. Your statement of purpose (not more than 500 words)
3. Two letters of recommendation from academics who are closely acquainted with your academic work
4. Certified transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate studies, with grade-point averages
5. Your Curriculum Vitae





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