Now more than ever understanding the dynamic relations between Russia, the European Union, and its Eastern neighbours is fundamental to comprehend global developments in today’s changing world.
This unique, multidisciplinary, MA programme provides students with the analytical tools and skills to grasp the political, historical, and economic developments in Russia, the European Union, and their shared neighbourhood. Students are involved in a dynamic process of active learning in which the focus on global developments combines academic quality and the most innovative teaching techniques. Through continuous development, EURUS remains at the cutting-edge of studying EU-Russia affairs. Bridging academia and the “real world”, our programme emphasizes not only acquiring knowledge, but also applying it.
Brigita Šalkutė from Lithuania,
Second year student of European Union–Russia Studies MA programme
"If you wish to acquire quality education in a modern, inspiring and thrilling academic environment, EURUS is definitely the right choice for you. In addition to world-class lecturers of different nationalities, a colourful student body and multifaceted curricula, they also motivate students further with frequent events such as study tours, summer and winter universities. It is an environment that successfully ties together different disciplines, nationalities, and theory and practice.”
Why study EU-Russia studies at the University of Tartu?
Established in 2008, our programme is one of the first international programmes taught in English at the University of Tartu. It combines a long-standing tradition of assured quality with a vocation to innovation and internationalization. The EURUS programme adopts innovative teaching techniques and emphasizes active learning via interactive teaching. Through one-on one-mentorship, we support the personal and academic development of each student. We highly value internationalization and aim to build a community of learners where a blend of cultures and traditions combines into a stimulating learning environment. In the 2014/15 academic year, we enrolled 15 students from 12 different countries ranging from United States to China, from Germany to Kazakhstan. With us you can meet the whole world in Tartu!
Title: European Union ‒ Russia StudiesDegree awarded: Master of Arts in Social SciencesFaculty: University of Tartu, Johan Skytte Institute of Political StudiesLanguage of Instruction: EnglishLength: 2 years
Locations: Tartu, Estonia
Our curriculum combines an in-depth understanding of the political, historical, social, and economic developments that characterize the EU, the Russian Federation, and their shared neighbourhood, with a strong multi-disciplinary perspective prioritizing each student’s personal development. The curriculum consists of four key components:
General module (36 ECTS)
The module aims to provide specific and in-depth knowledge about the functioning, institutional nature, and decision-making structures of the European Union and Russia and the evolving nature of their mutual relations. Specific attention is devoted to the multidimensionality of the process of European and regional integration (both per se and in relation with Russia) in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood.
Directing & elective module (48 ECTS)
The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to specialize according to their academic interest. A student can choose between a variety of courses focusing on different policy areas or disciplinary fields, dealing with the Russian Federation, the EU, and their shared neighbourhood.
Optional courses (6 ECTS)
This module offers students the possibility to further personalize their learning experience by choosing at least 6 ECTS outside the curriculum to deepen their knowledge and improve skills in the fields that they considers more relevant for their academic development and personal growth.
Master Thesis & Development seminar (30 ECTS)
Through this module our students receive constant support in the preparation of their thesis and enhance their teamwork abilities. The development seminar represents a unique feature of our programme that enhances students’ personal development through an individual focus on each learner. In an environment characterized by flat hierarchy and strong practical emphasis, students develop their collaborative and individual skills by conducting group projects. Two examples of student-led projects include: Dubbed - Roundup of International Media and the MOOC "EU-Russia Relations: Between the Vilnius and Riga Eastern Partnership Summits".
Regular courses represent only one component of the learning experience, which also includes field trips abroad, international summer and winter schools, academic boot camps, student-centred social activities and ad-hoc out-door motivational training.
More detailed information about the curriculum is available here.
EURUS is a unique stepping-stone to explore Russia and its relationship with the EU and the former Soviet space from a privileged perspective:
- in a high quality and internationally-competitive programme, awarded in 2015 as the Best improver of study quality by the UT Vice Rector for Academic Affairs;
- exposed to robust, internationally-recognized Russia and EU expertise & in contact with scholars and practitioners within the framework of a strong research-oriented Institute;
- profiting from innumerable opportunities offered by our consolidated contacts with universities and institutions located in Russia, the EU, and the former Soviet space;
- experiencing countless opportunities to become familiar with Russian culture and language;
- located only 2-hours by bus from Russia and well connected with the main Western European capitals.
Our team consists of a dynamic community of scholars with internationally acknowledged experience in research and teaching and combines various teaching cultures and educational backgrounds. In order to grant the most fruitful and rewarding teaching experience to our students, we integrate our in-house staff with highly reputed international visiting scholars from distinguished European, Eurasian, and North American universities. Our multi-national teaching team values an interactive and non-hierarchical approach with students! Our lecturers are approachable and positive-minded to support you throughout your learning experience!
In order to combine academic quality with "real world" application, we involve stakeholders and decision-makers with key national and international responsibilities, such as the former Vice President of the European Commission Siim Kallas, currently visiting professor at our programme.
Career opportunities include – but are not limited to - policy-making bodies, ministries and governmental institutions, non-governmental organisations, international organizations (especially those dealing with Russia, the EU, and the ENP countries), international corporations, and think-tanks. Other career opportunities include higher education.
We adopt a personalized approach to career development and individual career planning. Direct contacts with institutions, policy-makers, and third-sector and a well-established global network of alumni are ready to help you to connect to the world!
Tuition fee is EUR 3400 per academic year covers tuition, materials and some field trips within Estonia. Housing, food, insurance and other living expenses are not covered by the tuition fee. The 10 best applicants will be offered the tuition-waiver scholarship. You do not have to apply for the scholarship separately, all applicants to the EURUS programme will be considered for the competition automatically. Students receiving this scholarship do not have to pay the tuition fee if they complete a full-time study load (30 ECTS per semester).
You can find more information about different scholarships offered in University of Tartu here.
EURUS is open to applicants with diverse academic and professional backgrounds. A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, natural sciences or humanities is required.
1. Submit the online application form. You will receive an applicant code, which gives access to your account to track your application status. We ask you to upload the electronic copies of all the required documents to your application. This makes the pre-processing of your application quicker and is especially important for candidates applying to more than one programme.
2. Mail the printed and signed application (do not send any documents by e-mail) with all the required documents by the indicated deadline to: International Student Service, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.
1. online application
2. motivation letter - which will be submitted through the online application form*
3. official copy of the Bachelor's diploma or its equivalent and Diploma Supplement (transcript/mark sheet) in the original language**
4. official translation of the Bachelor's diploma and Diploma Supplement (transcript/mark sheet) into English, translation certified
5. proof of English language proficiency
6. copy of the passport page stating the applicant's personal particulars
The motivation letter (max 50% of the final admissions score points) will be evaluated considering the following aspects:
Motives for applying to the EU-Russia studies programme and linkage between earlier academic and professional experience and the content of the EU-Russia studies master’s programme;
Arguments presented at introducing potential research topics and academic interests;
Future outlooks and career perspectives – how and whether these are related with knowledge to be gained during the studies;
Writing skills in English;
Other relevant aspects of choosing the EU-Russia studies MA programme.
** All copies of educational documents (diplomas and diploma supplements/academic transcripts) must be officially certified: bear an original seal and a signature of an authorized official of the issuing university.
NB! Applicants graduating in 2016 and having their diplomas issued later than application deadlines, please send an application form and the most recent official Transcript of Records by the required deadline. Inform the International Student Service when the final diploma will be issued.
Some country specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified.
Further information on assessing candidates` academic performance and calculating admissions` score
See the page of the programme in Estonian.
The university's Admission Committee will announce final admission results, including the information on tuition-waiver scholarships, at the latest by 10 June, but where possible, earlier. Admission offers will be sent by 10 June by e-mail. All admitted students must inform the university of their decision to accept or decline our offer by the deadline indicated in their admission notification.