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HSE St. Petersburg International Research School is a programme meant to enable students from all over the world interested in the Russian language, culture, politics, business and economics to come together and learn more about studying Russia from HSE’s key lecturers, all of whom are practicing researchers.

The Research School will be hosted online from February 15 – March 5, 2021. Applications are open by January 17, 2021.

The school offers 3 independent tracks: 

1. Russian Language, History and Culture

This track combines studying the Russian language with a series of lectures exploring the key aspects of Russian history and culture from the early Middle Ages to the present. The track puts a special emphasis here on social, cultural, and gender aspects of Russia’s historical experience.

2. Russian Politics and International Affairs

Students will study the texts of the key scholars and public intellectuals, analysing Russia’s role in modern world politics in relation to what shapes Russia’s identity, and to how Russian ruling elites construct relationships with both the West and East. Students will also get insights into the complex relations between political and economic transition in Russia and other post-communist countries in the last 40 years and discuss issues of Russia’s diplomacy and international security strategy in Central Asia.

3. International Business in Pandemic and Post-COVID-19 Era

This track offers a broad perspective on international business that has been facing COVID-19. Students will examine the challenges and consequences brought by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as explore new business models for a post-coronavirus world.

The Research School welcomes participants from various backgrounds (Political Science, Sociology, Russian Studies, International Relations, Business, Economics, Finance, etc.), including those students who are currently studying other subjects but who want to broaden their knowledge in a particular topic offered by the Research School.

Each track implies a series of lectures and seminars, tutorials, as well as work on small individual or group research projects. Classes will be delivered in English.

Applicants have to meet a standard entry requirement of being 18 years old or over by the time the Research School commences and being able to study in English (language certificates are not required).

To apply for the Research School, students are required to submit their motivation letters in English (up to 1,000 words).

There will be a few extracurricular activities, which will be conducted by students from ESN Section at the Research School.