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European University at St. Petersburg


The European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) was founded in 1994 with active support from Anatoly Sobchak, the mayor of St. Petersburg. It began operating as a graduate school in the social sciences and humanities in 1996.

Founding members of the University:

  • Committee for Real Estate Management, Government of St. Petersburg;
  • St. Petersburg Institute for Economics and Mathematics (Russian Academy of Science);
  • St. Petersburg branch of Sociology Institute (Russian Academy of Science);
  • St. Petersburg Association of Scientists and Scholars

The mission of the University is to satisfy societal needs in raising and expanding professional qualification of specialists and in developing of their creative and scholarly potential on the basis of achievements of Russian and international experience and cooperation.

Due to its superlative professionalism and unique scholarly potential, EUSP has acquired a reputation as one of the most dynamic and modern educational institutions in the country.

Five important points about the European University at St. Petersburg

  • EUSP has greater independence from the Russian governmental bureaucracy than most other Russian universities. This independence is important for both intellectual and political reasons. Universities in Russia were traditionally under the control of the government, to the extent of questions of the content of instruction and research, political ideology, and administration.
  • In EUSP a high proportion of faculty have degrees from prominent Western universities. The university employs Russians with PhDs from such recognized schools as the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Cambridge University (UK); Helsinki University (Finland), a.o.
  • EUSP has a commitment to the integration of Russian scholarship with scholarship in Europe and America. Against the background of Russian scholarship’s continuing isolation from the West, this is a fundamentally important position.
  • EUSP encourages mobility but combats the brain drain. Rather than promoting the departure of graduate students to the West, EUSP invites Western students to come and study in Russia. The International MA in Russian Studies is the ONLY permanent program at the graduate level in Russia that offers degrees in sociology, political science and cultural studies to students from the United States, Canada and Europe (12 to 26 students annually). Both international and Russian students enjoy the advantages of studying in a truly international setting.
  • EUSP is a decisive agent of innovation and change, introducing and disseminating new standards and practices in the Russian educational system. EUSP’s educational programs are popular not only amongst talented graduates of Russian universities, who currently hail from fifty-four Russian regions, but also amongst graduates of foreign universities (mainly in Western Europe and North America). For these students, EUSP offers special international programs taught entirely in English.

  • Year established
  • Location
    St. Petersburg and Leningradskaya oblast
  • Registered students

Academic specialism

Because EUSP has based its work on the principle of combining teaching with cutting-edge research, it is the first Russian university to have repeated the success of such universities as Harvard and UC Berkeley. The research university model is reflected not only in EUSP’s strategic plan and daily practice, but also in its organizational structure. The university consists of five departments and eleven research centers. A substantial portion of their work involves applied interdisciplinary research.

EUSP provides expertise during the preparation and implementation of key reforms vital to the country’s development. In particular, university staff members are regularly invited as expert consultants by the Russian Federation Public Chamber, the Ministry of Economic Development, and the Ministry of Education and Science. EUSP is actively involved with the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Petersburg Dialogue Forum, and the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum.

EUSP’s teaching faculty is staffed by well-known academics who have achieved significant results and recognition in their fields. Many of them received their PhDs from the best universities in Europe and the US, and have experience teaching in foreign universities. Our professors are the permament members of the International Association for the Humanities.

Annually EUSP holds an interdisciplinary conference «Exhibition of the Academic Research Achievements» - a central event in the university academic life, that has already become a platform bringing together researchers from different departments of EUSP and providing a ground for our colleagues to familiarize with our research achievements.


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European University at St. Petersburg
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+7 (812) 385 76 23; +7 (812) 386 76 33

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