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IMARES: International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies

Course Description

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

Visit the IMARES: International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies page on the European University at St. Petersburg website for more details!

Student Profiles

Various international and national funding opportunities - 10 Awards

Please go to the EUSP international programs website

Value of Scholarship(s)

from $1000 to $17000


10-15 is the avarage number of internationally and nationally awarded scholarships for EUSP.

Application Procedure

Separate application to the funding sourse

Further Information



Professional and Career Development Loans - 5 Awards

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a bank loan. You make an agreement with a participating bank to borrow an amount between £300 and £10,000. Then once you’ve stopped studying, you pay it back in the normal way.The difference with a Professional and Career Development Loan is that the Skills Funding Agency pays the interest on the loan while you’re studying – and for one month afterwards.After this, you’ll pay interest at the rate fixed when you took out the loan. Interest rates on the loans are set so they’re competitive with other ‘unsecured’ personal loans that are commercially available.Currently, banks offer Professional and Career Development Loans at a reduced customer rate of 9.9% per annum, equivalent to a typical APR of 5-6% over the lifetime of the loan. However, interest rates may vary from bank to bank. For further information, consult the participating banks.Don’t forget that a Professional and Career Development Loan isn’t for everyone and that there are other types of financial help available. See ‘Help with learning costs: an introduction’ for details.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Holding a BA, UK citizenship

Application Procedure


Further Information


Entry Requirements

A BA degree

Course Fees

17200 US dollars for the whole MA program

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