Intensive Professional Programs
Direction «International Relations»

Imperial Past and Legacies of Empires in Contemporary Eurasia

Duration: 2 months (April-May)
Language: English

About the program

This study module deals with the historical legacies of the Russian Empire and of its rivalry with the Ottoman Empire on the Eurasian continent. The European University at Saint Petersburg has arranged for the courses to be conducted by the best authorities on the Russian Civil War and Revolution, the Russian Empire and nationalism. The knowledge presented by the EUSP professors will be enriched with the expertise of brilliant Armenian scholars.  This combination promises to provide a unique case study of how Armenia’s present evolved from the imperial past.

The intensive program offers postgraduate students and specialists the opportunity to take advantages not only of an outstanding study program but also of its location. Those who join the program will be able to experience Armenian culture first hand and gain insight into how deeply related the culture is to the subject of the module.

The new Yerevan campus of EUSP offers prospective students a safe environment combined with world class teaching.

Who is it for?

  • MA or PhD students seeking to deepen their knowledge in the regional studies of Russia and Eurasia, and learn more about Armenia. The intensive program format allows participants to learn much and enrich their thesis research within a short time.
  • Specialists in history, political studies and international relations who require a better understanding of a crucial and extraordinary region of the post-Soviet space
  • Journalists who want to be able to demonstrate competency in up-to-date analysis of regional specifics

How is the program arranged?

The program takes place in Yerevan, Armenia in the springtime--a beautiful season of genial weather, blossoming trees and fragrant flowers. Participants will be provided with onsite administrative support and academic guidance, extracurricular activities and access to Saint Petersburg-based services.

In addition to the core courses of the program, students will be immersed in a Russian language program tailored to various levels for maximum effectiveness.

In addition, EUSP’s revamped international programs include an academic writing course. This course aims to improve the appropriate writing skills of all participants — skills for writing final essays in their discipline and articles for print and other media. These skills will help students apply and disseminate their knowledge of the subject in the future.

The program can be taken either as a part of EUSP’s four-module Russian and Eurasian Studies Program or as a separate unit.

What do you get?

  • Invaluable knowledge from world-class scholars
  • Unparalleled access to a network of the area’s international professional community
  • Lifelong memories of a beautiful trip
  • Diploma with professional qualification granted


Empire and Revolution

The South Caucasus: History and Politics

Thise course focuses on the history of the South Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) from the XVIII century and on the present political challenges that influence the development of the region. We will discuss the role of great empires in the Caucasus, including the Russian, Ottoman and Persian Empires. Also, we will examine the importance of the region within the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet political processes. How did ancient cultures from this region make a mark on the world? How did empires compete for influence in the Caucasus? How did this affect the cultures and economies of the South Caucasus? How do political elites work with the Soviet legacy? What issues and challenges exist today for the region? How can an understanding of history help to respond appropriately to current day problems?

The Ottoman Empire

Present Evolving from the Imperial Past: The Armenian Experience

Academic writing

Russian language

Armenian language (elective for additional fee)



The duration of the program is 2 months. For information on the start date and cost of the program, please contact us

How to apply?

  1. Send an email to with “Imperial Past and Legacies of Empires in Contemporary Eurasia” in the subject line and ask any questions you might have.
  2. Fill out the application form you receive.
  3. Write a motivation letter.
  4. Have an interview with the academic director of the program.
  5. Receive confirmation of your enrollment.