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Frequently Asked Questions on Admission Process and IMARS Program Conditions and Requirements.

1. What is the admissions schedule?

Deadline for Spring admissions is November 1, for Fall admissions -- April 30.
NB: Applications have to be received by the specified time!

2. What is the academic calendar for the upcoming year?

Academic calendar for the upcoming academic year will be drafted in June, but normally the classes begin the second week of September in the Fall, and the first Monday of February in the Spring semester. The length of the term is 16 calendar weeks.

3. Is there a summer program? Can students come for one semester only?

There is currently no summer program associated with IMARS but as soon as it is launched the information will be posted on the IMARS site. The students are allowed to come for one semester; this is in fact a recommended length of stay for international semester-abroad undergraduate students.

4. Which courses are available to undergraduates? Would they enroll in the IMARS courses, the regular EU courses, or a combination? Would new specialized undergraduate courses or tutorials be added?

Our target audience among the undergraduates is advanced undergraduates. The courses they will be taking are regular IMARS courses. Additional discussion sessions and Russian language classes will be added to our regular schedule if needed. Arrangements for registration for regular Russian courses taught in EUSP can be made with an option of discussion sessions in English, but one has to keep in mind that IMARS courses are particularly tailored to the needs of international students.

5. What is the expected level of Russian -- is IMARS only for advanced language students?

As the IMARS website points out, "although those students who have some knowledge of Russian before the beginning of their first term will have a certain advantage in terms of everyday life, the program is designed in such a way as to encourage the participation of those who have not studied Russian before."

6. What is the expected level of the studentsí area studies background?

The students are expected to have taken several basic courses in Russian History and/or Politics. We have no requirement for background in Economics. Some background in Literature or Culture is desired but not required.

7. How much program support can students expect from EUSP? Would this be an appropriate program for someone who has never been abroad? Never been to Russia?

The students receive printed "survival guides" and have an orientation session after their arrival. The students will be assisted in most issues concerning health problems or accidents. The university has no security service. In general, the program is recommended for someone who has been abroad before; our international students are expected to be emotionally mature individuals and to function independently. In the case of homestays, most families tend to help in everyday situations.

8. What are the provisions for Russian language instruction?

We offer Russian language instruction at all levels. There is no additional fee for the Russian language classes. There are no intensive courses at this point, since we are a content, not a language program.

9. What are housing options and approximate costs? Does EUSP help find apartments as well as homestays?

Lodging is not provided by EUSP, but arrangements for those who wish to rent a room from Russian families or to share an apartment with other students will be made. Prices for an average separate bedroom in a centrally located apartment start at $250 per month. Arrangements can be made for renting a non-shared apartment as well, with prices starting at $450 for a studio apartment.

10. What are tuition costs for 2007-08?

The academic fees for the two-semester M.A. program in 2007/2008 will be $8,800 per annum ($4,400 per residence unit payable during the first four weeks of each semester).

11. Are there any extracurricular or cultural enrichment programs on offer, whether included or for an additional fee?

Various cultural events, mostly theater and museum trips, are provided by our faculty, and additional excursions and trips could be organized upon request.


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