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MARCA: MA in Russian Cultural History and the Arts

Course Description

MARCA is a Master’s degree program (60 Credits) offered to international students by the European University at Saint Petersburg.

This program is for students interested in Russia. As we have learnt from students who have come to study at MARCA, the roots of your interest may be very different: Russian family origins or a love-story with a Russian (including such well known heart-breakers as Dostoevsky, Chekhov or Tchaikovsky), attraction to Russian culture or fear of Russian politics, pure intellectual curiosity or interest in energy politics. Your plans for the future might be vague or clear: business or law, marketing or government, journalism or academics. Whatever it might be, if Russia has anything to do with it, there is one sphere you must understand – Russian culture.
When we say culture we do not mean only literature and the arts, but also religion, science, ideology, popular culture and practices of everyday life. If we accept a wide notion of culture we immediately realize that cultural distinctions are more important than political or economic ones. Major geopolitical changes result not only and not primarily from conflicts of economic interests, but rather from differences in civilizations.

Intellectual innovation is the key to success in many fields. Conservators stay within borders and try to protect them, innovators trespass the frontiers and explore the territories of the others. It is much wiser to borrow from our neighbors than to keep away from them. A truly innovative program nowadays has to be multidisciplinary as well as interdisciplinary.

MARCA provides:

• Unique special courses in Russian/Soviet visual arts and architecture for graduate students in the humanities
• General courses in Russian and Soviet culture, literature, history and society with special emphasis on St. Petersburg and its cultural impact
• On-site classes in world-renowned museums – the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the imperial residences, such as Peterhof, Tsarskoe Selo, Pavlovsk etc.
• Easy access to other cultural resources – libraries, archives, other museums, concert halls and theaters
• Lecturers with wide international experience from EUSP and other leading academic institutions – the Hermitage, the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkinskii Dom), the Herzen University, etc.
• Joint classes with IMARES, the internationally recognized Master’s program in Russian and Eurasian studies

Workload and Credits

• Two semesters of 14-weeks each, 20 contact hours per week on average, plus dissertation writing period
• The choice of 3 to 5 subject courses per semester
• Each subject course carries 8 ECTS credits (4 US credits) and is taught for 4 academic hours per week plus homework. Delivered through lectures and seminar sessions, each course involves submitting one or two essays.
• Each student submits a Master’s dissertation
• Russian language is taught for 8 hours per week in groups corresponding to proficiency level

Course Curriculum

• Empire, State, Building: Architecture as a Mirror of Russian Politics
• St. Petersburg in Russian Literature (the 19-20th Centuries)
• Visual Images of Russian Identity in the 19th – early 20th Century Art and Architecture
• The Political Culture of the Russian Revolution
• From Icon to Avant-Garde: a Survey of Russian art through the centuries
• The Social History of Russian Literature
• Unofficial Late Soviet Culture
• Russian Avant-Garde: Myths, Hypotheses, Facts
• The Home of Russian Tsars: Palace, People, Collections
• The Soviet Nonconformist Art in its Social and Political Context
• Russian Classical Music


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.

Applicants should submit:

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

Visit the MARCA: MA in Russian Cultural History and the Arts page on the European University at St. Petersburg website for more details!

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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



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Value of Scholarship(s)



Holding a BA, UK citizenship

Application Procedure


Further Information


Entry Requirements

A BA degree

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