Undergraduate Study Semester in Russia (USSR)
•Classes for advanced undergraduate students in Russian Politics, History, Society, Arts and Culture
•All instruction in English plus intensive Russian language classes
USSR (St. Petersburg) is an undergraduate semester abroad program offered in a high-end graduate training environment to advanced international students by the European University at Saint Petersburg. A leading school in social sciences and humanities in Russia, EUSP is world renowned for its advanced research and excellence in teaching. The unique study opportunities provided by EUSP are complemented by the vibrant cultural and intellectual life of Russia’s ‘cultural capital’.
The applicants to USSR (St. Petersburg) are expected to excel in their BA study at their home institution in one or more discipline from a wide range of humanities, area/cultural studies or social sciences: from linguistics to history, from art history to journalism and from philosophy to sociology. There is no Russian language prerequisite as the main curriculum is taught in English.
USSR Program Features
•Ideal for those who at the undergraduate level are seriously planning careers in relation to Russian and Eurasian affairs
•Professional academic training plus diverse personal experience of Russian society
•Courses include on-site classes in cultural and historical venues of Saint Petersburg, a world cultural hub
Workload and Credits
•Semester of 13-weeks, from 12 to 24 class hours per week
•The choice of 3 to 5 courses corresponding to 18 to 30 ECTS credits (9 to 15 US credits).
•Each subject course carries 6 ECTS 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.
•Russian language is taught for 8 hours per week in groups corresponding to proficiency level. The course carries 12 ECTS credits (6 US credits).
* TORFL (Russian language) official proficiency evaluation is available
•The History of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union
•The Russian Art from the Icon to Avant-garde
•Russian Society, Media and Culture
•Post-Soviet Political and Economic Transition
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.
Institutional and individual applications are welcome.EUSP seeks institutional partnerships with universities wishing to send small groups of students to Russia for one semester on a regular basis.
Applicants should submit:
1. Completed and signed application form
2. A statement of purpose (not more than 300 words)
3. One letter of recommendation from an academic who is closely acquainted with the student’s academic work
4. Current transcript of academic records
Last updated August 28, 2015