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.
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!
Brigita Šalkutė from Lithuania,
Alumna 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.”
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 five key components:
Methods module (18 ECTS)
The goal of the module is (a) to provide an overview of social science methodology, (b) to introduce the main approaches and methods used in the study of contemporary democratic governance, and (c) to teach how to use these methods in applied problem-solving settings.
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.
Specialization module (24 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!
Applicants are ranked based on the following two indicators:
The maximum score is 100 points. The application will be considered for the admissions ranking if a score of 66 points or higher is achieved. Further information on assessing candidates' academic performance and calculating admissions' score.
Applicants who have completed or are about to complete their bachelor´s studies in Estonia should apply via the National Admission Information Systems (SAIS) – further information is available here.
Applicants with Estonian citizenship who have graduated or are about to graduate abroad as well as international applicants should submit their application using the DreamApply system as instructed below.
Guide to applying online (step 1)
Submit the online application via the DreamApply application system. Please be sure to fill in the form correctly with all of the requested information and make sure to submit your application. You are required to upload the electronic copies of all the required documents (please see below) to your online application by March 15. Please keep in mind that the electronic copies must be made of the original educational certificates that have been stamped and signed by the issuing institution. Incomplete applications or those submitted by email will not be considered by the University.
International candidates are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of EUR 50, unless they have completed the previous study level in Estonia. An application will only be processed after the fee has been received by the University. Read more about paying the application fee.
Applicants will receive feedback, notifications and official admission offers through the DreamApply system to their email. Once applying, you should ensure that you have access to your DreamApply and email accounts. The decisions on the applications will be made based on the electronic copies that have been added to the DreamApply system by the applicants. If needed, the University has a right to request the applicant to send application documents by post immediately after providing the scanned copies.Guide to paper submission (step 2)
All the applicants who have been admitted are required to send all the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-133, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA. Please note that the documents are expected to be mailed to the University only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff). Please make sure the documents reach the University within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. For example, if the admission offer is announced on April 1, the hard copies of the application documents must be received by the University by April 21. You will be informed when the documents have arrived.
The official admission letter will be sent to the accepted students by email only after reviewing their hard copies of the application documents. Once you receive the admission letter, you may proceed further with arranging your arrival (flights, accommodation and residence permits/visas when applicable). If your application documents do not reach us in 3 weeks, the University has a right to withdraw the admission offer.
NB! Applicants graduating in 2018 and having their diplomas issued later than the application deadline, should electronically submit their most recent official Transcript of Records by the required deadline along with the rest of the required documents.
All copies of educational documents (diplomas and diploma supplements/academic transcripts) must be officially certified. Certified copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original. The documents can be certified: 1) by an authorized official of the issuing institution; 2) by a notary; 3) with an Apostille attached. The University does not accept simple copies of already certified copies.
Some country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified: important information for non-EU applicants is available here.
The University's Admissions Committee will announce final admission results, including information on tuition waiver scholarships, by May 15 at the latest. Admission offers are sent through the DreamApply system. The offer may be conditional or unconditional. If the offer is conditional, we will set out the conditions in the offer you need to fulfil in order to be admitted to the programme. If you do not fulfil the conditions or inform your admissions coordinator of your decision by the stipulated deadline, we reserve the right to withdraw the conditional admission offer.
Furthermore, we may withdraw or amend any offer or revoke your matriculation as a student of the University, if we discover that your application contains fraudulent information or if you are found to have omitted key information from your application.
Please note that the University cannot grant admission deferrals to accepted candidates who wish to postpone the beginning of their studies to the next academic year.
All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).
The tuition fee for fee paying students is 3400 euros per year and it covers tuition and some study materials. Note that tuition fees can only be paid once the new autumn semester officially begins.
Altogether 15 students will be admitted to this programme. Based on the admission’s ranking list, 10 best applicants will be given tuition-waiver scholarship. Applicants do not have to apply for the tuition-waiver separately, as they will be considered for the competition automatically.
Students on the tuition-waiver study place do not have to pay the tuition fee if they meet full time enrollment requirements. Full time study load is completed if no more than 6 credits are missing from the 30 ECTS workload per semester. If students receiving this scholarship fail to complete full-time study load per semester, they have to pay for the credits not earned. The price per credit point is 58 euros.Click to read more about tuition fees at UTClick to read more about scholarships at UT