USSR: Undergraduate Study Semester in Russia

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Duration: 1 or 2 semesters  

Workload: up to 30 credits per semester

Language: English

Next start:  September 2022

Application deadline: April 30, 2022



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.
  • The Russian language is taught for 8 hours per week in groups corresponding to proficiency level. Final evaluation can include the official TORFL test.



Political Changes in Post-Soviet Eurasia (6 Credits)

Prof. Vladimir Gel'man

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 the current crisis over Ukraine and the role of Russia.

Russian-American Relations from the Historical Perspective (6 Credits)

Prof. Ivan Kurilla

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 the 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 both countries.


Energy Security and Russian Politics (6 Credits)

Dr. Nikita Lomagin

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 the major energy powers in the globe. Students will analyze the current developments in the energy sector from political, economic, legal, and environmental angles.

Conflict and Cooperation in Eurasia (3 Credits)

Troitskiy Mikhail

The course will analyze and conceptualize sources of international and intra-state conflict and cooperation in and around post-Soviet Eurasia, including the most recent controversy around Ukraine. Its key topics will include U.S.-Russia, EU-Russia, and China-Russia competition and mutual accommodation, strategies of conflict mediation in Eurasia as well as the Eurasian dimension of global arms control. Dilemmas arising from competing institution-building projects in Eurasia championed by the global powers will be considered from the perspectives of both applied analysis and international relations theory. Students will be equipped with an analytical toolkit allowing them to understand and predict the course of conflicts and motives for cooperation among various types of international actors in Eurasia and beyond.



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. 


Starting dates

You may join the USSR program twice a year. The fall semester starts in September. The spring semester starts at the beginning of February. You may choose whichever start date best suits your needs.


Application procedure

There are 3 easy steps to apply for the USSR program at EUSP:

  1. Complete the Application form
  2. Send us all the required documents
  3. Receive notification of acceptance/rejection

Required documents

  • Scanned copy of your Passport
  • Scanned copy of your Academic Transcript
  • Your Statement of Purpose (about 500 words, including a 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.


Application deadlines

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

November 30, 2021, for enrollment in Spring Semester 2022

April 30, 2022, for enrollment in Fall Semester 2022

In case you miss the deadline, please write to us to discuss the possibility of a late application.



Start the application process

For more details, please, write to or call +7 (812) 386 7648