We have collected the most frequent questions of our prospective students.

Please contact us if you cannot find the answer to your question. 


1. International programs at EUSP

2. Credit System and GPA

3. Accreditation and recognition

4. Language of instruction

5. Application procedure

6. Tuition, Cost of living and Financial support

7. Visa to Russia

8. Accommodation

9. Student life in St.Petersburg




1. International programs at EUSP

I'm interested in Russian Studies, which of your MA programs is best for me?

First of all, you need to choose the focus of your studies. At EUSP you may choose between an interdisciplinary Master’s degree program in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES) and a more specific MA program in Energy Politics in Eurasia (ENERPO). IMARES and IMARES Plus programs encompass all aspects of Russia and the post-Soviet Eurasian area, from politics, history and international relations to the arts, culture, and language. ENERPO and ENERPO Plus programs target Eurasian energy affairs. Both programs are available in a one-year intensive format common for the USA and the UK or as a two-year program common to many European countries and Russia.   


How long does it take to complete the MA degree at EUSP?

You may choose between a one-year and a two-year Master's degree program.

Our one-year IMARES and ENERPO programs are similar to one-year MA programs common for the USA and Great Britain. You will have a year of intensive study to get 60 academic credits (60 ECTS) and defend your thesis to get an MA degree.

The structure of two-year IMARES Plus and ENERPO Plus programs (120 academic credits, 120 ECTS) is typical for Russia and many European countries. It provides more time for learning the Russian language, your research work, and internships.    


I don’t have a background in Russian studies, would this be a problem?

There is no strict prerequisite of Russian politics or history classes to enroll in EUSP International MA Programs. You will become a successful student as long as you have a good academic record and a strong statement of purpose and recommendations.


Is it possible to get a Bachelor’s degree from your University?

EUSP is a graduate school. Undergraduate students are welcome to join our special Undergraduate Study Semester in Russia program and spend an unforgettable and challenging semester at EUSP studying together with Master’s degree students. 


2. Credit System and GPA

Which credit system is used at EUSP?

Russia has its own credit system. To complete your one-year MA degree you should earn at least 60 credits - 48 credits from academic courses plus 12 credits for writing and successfully defending your Master thesis. Each completed academic course gives you 3 or 6 credits. The workload of our two-year MA programs is 120 credits. 1 credit is equal to 1 ECTS.


I’m going to continue my education in the US. Will it be possible to have a GPA in my transcript?

Your academic transcript will contain all information on your academic records, including your GPA.


3. Accreditation and recognition

Are your MA degrees recognized in the world?

International Programs curriculum and academic standards are fully in line with the best US and West European practices. EUSP degree is recognized by the majority of universities and employers in the world. 


4. Language of instruction

Is it possible to apply for your program if I don’t speak Russian?

Yes, EUSP International Programs are taught entirely in English. We do not have Russian language proficiency as a requirement.


Do I need to worry about going to Russia without speaking Russian? Is it secure?

You do not need to worry. Our English speaking staff is always (that means 24/7) welcome to assist you in all academic and everyday life issues. You will get individual guidance and personal attention. 


Do you provide Russian language classes for international students?

Yes, you are welcome to join one of five Russian language groups according to your level. The placement test is usually conducted on the first day of each semester. Russian language course takes 8 hours per week for every 12 week semester. And yes, this course earns you credits toward your total credit requirement for the MA degree.


5. Application procedure

When may I start the program?

Our two-year IMARES PLUS and ENERPO PLUS programs start once a year in the fall semester starting from September.

One-year programs (IMARES and ENERPO) and one-semester programs (USSR, Certificate programs) start twice a year. The fall semester starts in September. The spring semester starts in February. We accept students on a rolling basis, so early admission is possible.


 Where can I get EUSP application form?

Please find all admission information including application form on the Admissions page. Applying to our programs is an easy and straightforward process! 


How do I submit my reference letters?

Recommendation letters must be submitted by the application deadline. You must not have any involvement in drafting, writing or submission of the letters. Ask your referee, usually the professor who is closely acquainted with your academic work, to prepare the letter and e-mail it directly to international@eu.spb.ru. The letter should also contain the contact information of the referee including phone number and mailing address.


How do I submit my transcripts?

While applying you can submit your scanned official transcript or a student copy of your transcript. Original official documents should be provided after you receive your letter of admission but no later than the first day of a semester. Please note that in some universities obtaining official transcripts may take some time (days or even weeks). We advise our applicants to request these documents timely.


I have applied to a program. After how long will I receive an acceptance/rejection letter?

We have rolling admission. The Admissions Committee meets on a monthly basis to review new applications. It is possible to receive an early verdict, 1-2 weeks after you sent your complete application package. Please let us know if you have any specific deadline for receiving our official response.


6. Tuition, Cost of living and Financial support

When is the tuition payment due?

The tuition payment should be made within the first 4 weeks of every semester.


What is the average cost of living in St. Petersburg?

Please have a look at the Cost of living page for more information. 


Does EUSP offer scholarships?

Our university does not provide direct financial aid. Thus, international students are encouraged to search for necessary funding to study at EUSP before applying. Please have a look at the Financial support page for more information about possible channels for getting financial support.


Can you help me to find a scholarship for studying at EUSP?

Financial support page contains information about scholarships and grants available for citizens of different countries.


7. Visa to Russia

Do I need to get Russian Visa to study at EUSP? 

Yes, in case of most nationalities you have to receive a study visa to enter Russia and study at EUSP. Our Admission Officers will inform you in case your nationality is an exception.


Does the University help international students obtain visas?  How long does the process usually take?

EUSP supports international students on all steps in the visa-issuance process. All admitted students need to fill in a Visa questionnaire and return it to us via email. We need to provide this information to the State Office for Migration of the RF Ministry of Internal Affairs to issue your Visa Invitation Letter. It takes about 30 days to issue it. Then we send the original Invitation to you by FedEx or similar courier service to make the process as quick as possible. You should then visit the Russian Consulate and get your Russian study visa.


How much does it cost?

We will issue and deliver you the Invitation letter free of charge. The visa charges are borne by you.


8. Accommodation

Does the university have a dormitory?

Yes, we have a dormitory within a walking distance from the university. Each semester there are several places available. There are only double rooms, so you will share a room with a local student. Toilets, bathrooms, and kitchen are shared (approximately two toilets, two bathrooms and a kitchen for nine rooms). Students are expected to keep these common facilities tidy. The monthly fee for a place in the dormitory is approximately 100 USD.

Due to a very limited number of available places, we cannot guarantee a place for all applicants, but we will try our best to take your needs into account. In case you wish to live in a dorm please submit a formal request for the need-based university subsidized housing to International Programs staff.


Can you help me find accommodation in St. Petersburg?

Yes, please contact us for more details. Usually, international students prefer to rent a room in a shared apartment or rent a separate apartment.


9. Student life in St.Petersburg

I have just arrived in St. Petersburg, I don’t speak Russian and don’t know where to buy groceries, how to use public transport, where to buy necessary medicines, etc. Whom can I address with basic questions about life in St. Petersburg? 

The Orientation package you will get on your first day at EUSP contains a lot of useful information and answers the majority of questions international students usually ask. In any way, if you feel somewhat disoriented, you can address all the questions and worries to our international programs staff 24 hours/7 days a week and we will be happy to make your life easier by providing you with important information and hints on life in St. Petersburg. You will soon find out that once you settle down and start mastering the city, St. Petersburg is a thrilling city to live in. Beyond its MA programs, EUSP provides its international students with the opportunity to live a unique life experience in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.


What do EUSP students do in their free time?

Our students play football on a weekly basis and occasionally organize excursions to visit out-of-town sites, such as the Tsars’ palaces of Tsarskoye Selo, Gatchina, Pavlovsk, Peterhoff and Oranienbaum, as well as the island of Kronstadt, the shores of the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga, the cities of Novgorod the Great and Vyborg, etc. Other sports and board games are organized regularly, depending on students’ interests.

  • Bars and clubs: the city has a vibrant nightlife, particularly during the “White Nights” period in May-July;
  • Theatres: we can provide you discounted tickets for the world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre (ballet, opera, concerts) and some other theatres and jazz clubs;
  • Cinema: movies in original language or with English subtitles are available in some cinemas;
  • Sports: 'Zenit' soccer club is currently one of the best in Russia, 'SKA' ice hockey team won Gagarin cup (Russian ‘Stanley cup’) in 2017;
  • Museums: St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia, has a vast offer of museums and exhibitions. With its spectacular collection of world art, the Hermitage Museum is an unavoidable destination for any foreigner in town.


How do international students interact with Russians? Is there an intercultural exchange?

EUSP is a perfect place for foreigners to familiarize with Russian culture and mentality. On the one hand, it is a compact and cozy, international haven, where every non-Russian student and scholar is deeply engaged in Russian studies. On the other hand, EUSP’s Russian students and professors represent Russia’s intellectual elite. Not only are they well educated, many of them are also very open-minded and keen to share views and experiences with foreign students. In other words, this is a perfect mix for intercultural exchange.

It goes without saying, interaction with Russian students from other EUSP departments (Political Science and Sociology, History, Arts History, Economics, and Anthropology) is a significant part of the international student experience at EUSP. We promote cultural exchanges not only by offering joint classes with Russian students but also joint excursions, recreational activities, football games, EUSP parties, board games, etc. In many cases, interaction with Russians is the most effective way for you to practice the teaching you receive in our Russian language classes.