Harold Sacau (IMARES 2013)

I have been given the opportunity to study at EUSP and it's been a great experience on many levels. The courses were fascinating (especially Gel'man's), manageable and rewarding. All the staff and the professors were accessible and friendly, all the students were smart and social and even the extracurriculars were fun - I really don't have anything to complain about!

MA in Russian Culture and the Arts (MARCA Petropolitana)

MARCA Petropolitana is a Masters degree program offered to international students by the European University at Saint Petersburg. A leading graduate school in Russia, EUSP is world renowned for its groundbreaking research and excellence in teaching. The unique study opportunities provided by EUSP are complemented by the vibrant cultural and intellectual life of Russias cultural capital.

The applicants are required to hold a BA degree, or its equivalent, in one or more disciplines from a wide range of the 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.

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 Masters program in Russian and Eurasian studies.


  • 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 Masters dissertation (about 15,000 words)
  • Russian language is taught for 8 hours per week in groups corresponding to proficiency level

More courses in Russian politics, history and society are also available to MARCA students from the IMARES curriculum.

Optional course Russian as a Second Language (RSL): up to 8 hours per week. Additional official evaluation is available if necessary.


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.

News about Russia and Eurasia

NATO Ships Arrive in St Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, October 10 - NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1) arrived in St Petersburg for a scheduled port visit. The two remaining ships belonging to SNMCMG1 will be arriving later in the visit.

During the visit, the NATO forces will exercise together with the Russian Navy, conducting personnel exchange visits in port, playing a friendly game of football and conducting a passing exercise (PASSEX) at sea.

World Report A Space Race, But On Russia's Terms

In order to maintain its space superiority, the United States currently relies on Russian technology so much so, in fact, that every once in a while American claims to space superiority seem rather hollow. This state of affairs has been brought into sharp focus in recent weeks,- writes IMARES 2012 Fall student Matthew Bodner in his op-ed published by the US News and World Report.


Anti-Drugs Crusader Claims Victory in Urals City Mayoral Vote

MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti) A controversial and charismatic anti-drugs campaigner claimed victory in a mayoral election in Russias fourth largest city Sunday.
Yevgeny Roizman ran for mayor of the Urals city Yekaterinburg as a member of billionaire Mikhail Prokhorovs Civil Platform party.