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Terms for studying at the EUSP

The EUSP syllabi have been made for the purpose of preparing well-qualified specialists in the fields that suffered most under the ideological pressure of the 1930s-l980s, i.e. in history, art history, sociology, social anthropology, political science, and economics.

A three-year course is offered to all students. The program consists of two stages: the MA program with intensive courses to supplement the students' higher education, and the postgraduate (PhD-Candidate) course to write a Candidate-of-Science dissertation. Year two and three are done according to individual plans and in consultation with the academic supervisors who are leading experts in their respective fields. Upon successful completion of the first stage, students are awarded MA diplomas of the EUSP. The defense of a Candidate-of-Science thesis crowns the second stage.

Tuition fees for students are paid through the award system. The sum of tuition fee is determined by the Academic Council for each academic year. Grants are paid to the students showing successful academic results from several sources: the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the International Higher Education Support Program (HESP)/Open Society Institute. As a rule, the grant will cover both the fee and part of the maintenance costs. The size of the grant is re-considered once in every semester. The money is paid for not more than ten months in each academic year, starting on September 1 of the student's first year at the EUSP.

The EUSP is a non-residential university. Neither Russian students coming from other towns nor foreign students are provided with accommodations, but in cases of extreme necessity Russian students from other towns may be allocated individual allowances to help meet the cost of rent, in part or in full. The new students who are not residents of St Petersburg are allowed one week to register for residence permit with the local authorities, in compliance with the law.

Assessment is made of all students' work. It is based on the European Community Course Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which, in its turn, has been worked out in the framework of a European Union Scheme (ERASMUS). Credit accumulation and transfer schemes cover courses in higher education at many European universities. They are very effective in terms of student exchange and other links among universities and schools for postgraduate studies. The basic MA-program workload is represented by sixty credits. Credits are allocated to courses with regard to the total workload. Standard workload includes classroom hours, individual preparation, and writing the MA thesis. The student will be awarded all credits allocated to the program upon his/her successful fulfillment of MA requirements.

 

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