International Summer University 2014 , Russia

Deadline: 01 June 2014
Open to: all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of the Russian language.
Venue: 1 July – 10 August 2014, Moscow – St. Petersburg


  • Are you interested in democratic movements both East and West?
  • And why culture matters?
  • Are you curious about what makes the economies of modern world so similar and so different?
  • Do you study Russian history and culture?
  • Are you planning a career as an internationally trained scholar, diplomat, international trader or NGO leader? Do you love Russian language?
  • Do you want to know the essentials of doing business in Russia?
  • Are you concerned with the future of Islam?
  • Would you like to analyze the game Russia, China and the U.S. play in Eurasia?
  • Do you want to learn more about environmental issues, food security, media workings, education and science systems etc.?

Among others, these questions will be addressed while you closely observe the changing political and social situation in one of the key regions in the world. You will see how difference can be made both for society in the Russian Federation and in the lives of future international professionals.

As the national leader in social sciences and humanities and a progressive university, the HSE starts a new initiative in international education in Russia. It is now launching international summer universities which will provide students from the USA, Western Europe and other parts of the world with unique opportunities to radically enhance their competencies in area studies and beyond.
Summer University 2014 will host both individual students and study groups from more than two international partner universities. A broad interdisciplinary selection of courses in politics, histories, economies and cultures of Russia and Eurasia, as well as Russian language classes of different levels, allows forming the groups’ curricula according to the demands of the home schools and individuals. The duration of the actual group study periods ranges from 2 to 6 weeks with the option of one week free of classes.
Add-ons: a wide social program and the option of having one or two weeks of study and cultural experience in St. Petersburg.
GENERAL COURSE LIST (different courses last from 2 to 8 sessions):



  1. General Introduction:


  1. Politics, IR


  1. Economy


  1. Society & History (NOTE: optionally, this set of classes may be held in St. Petersburg)


  1. Culture


  1. Russian Language: up to five different levels starting from complete beginners

Students are welcome to take a general course of Russian at the level through an on-line testing for placement.


  • Elementary (by request)
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Intermediate High/ Advanced Low
  • Advanced



Optional afternoon sessions in Russian:

Russian Literature, Culture, Business Russian, The Russian of Mass Media, Country Studies, Professional Writing in Russian, etc.These courses are designed for advanced speakers of Russian.


The summer university is open to all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of the Russian language. HSE invites those who study International Relations, History, Political Science and other social sciences and humanities to join.


The tentative per student fee for 6 credits/12 ECTS (96 contact hours) is $2,500–3,000. This includes not only classes, but also accommodation, airport transfer, visa support and at least one sight-seeing tour and one social event (dinner).  NOTE: A number of Scholarships will be available to especially qualified and motivated students and/or those who plan to join HSE international MA programs later.


The process of course selection ends on 1 June 2014.  Contact person: Oksana Chernenko

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