Russian and East European Studies
Dual M.A. Degree Program

One Year in the USA and One Year in Russia



Russian and East European Studies
Dual M.A. Degree Program
One year in the USA
One year in Russia
The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn or Penn), in collaboration with the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP), offers a two-year dual degree program "Russia and Eurasia in the Global World" in Russian and East European Studies.

The program is aimed at Americans, Russians, and international students who have acquired the B.A. or equivalent in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences. English is the main language of instruction for this program at both UPenn and EUSP. In addition, a wide choice of courses taught in Russian is available at EUSP.
Why Choose a Dual Degree Program
The program is distinct from most comparable M.A. programs in the US or in Russia. Rather than create a silo of faculty and students with Russia interests, yet with poorly articulated disciplinary focus at the level of curriculum, our program arches across both UPenn and EUSP, integrating students and faculty with the many departmental communities of these two institutions.

Rather than educate students in Russian and East European Studies knowledge without disciplinary specialization, our program will combine area studies with focused work in specific disciplines (anthropology, art history, demography, film studies, history, international business studies, Jewish studies, literary and cultural history, medieval studies, political science, sociology, etc.).

Rather than sequestering students in one institution for a year or two, our program is fully international and will insert students into leading academic networks in both Russia and the USA.
Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program will be well prepared to pursue either further study at the Ph.D. level or to go on to careers in government service, think tanks, and business in the United States, Russia, their home countries, or internationally.
The position of UPenn between Washington, D.C. and New York and EUSP's situation in St. Petersburg, as well as the significant networks and contacts of the faculty of both institutions, provide opportunities for placement.
Program Calendar
March 22, 2021
Application Deadline
April 09, 2021
Admissions Decision
Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
Academic Year at UPenn
At UPenn, coursework will include two core courses, providing an overview of REES fields, disciplines, and methods, elective courses in students' chosen disciplines, and language study.
Language of instruction - English.
Summer 2022
Summer Module
Language study in St. Petersburg, as well as archival, library, field, or other relevant research towards a thesis project in St. Petersburg or elsewhere in the region, under joint supervision by a member of the UPenn faculty and a member of the EUSP faculty.
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
Academic Year at EUSP
Coursework at EUSP will include additional core courses and electives corresponding to students' individual needs, as well as ongoing language study. Language of instruction - English.
Courses in Russian are also available for selection.
Spring 2023
Thesis Writing
Students complete their theses during the second year of the program.
Spring-Summer 2023
Graduation
1. M.A. degree Diploma from the University of Pennsylvania;
2. M.A. degree Diploma from the European University at St. Petersburg
Tuition Fees
Academic Year
2021/2022
Summer
Module
Academic Year
2022/2023
UPenn
48 164 USD*
~2 000 USD
1 048 USD*
EUSP
80 000 RUB**
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1 550 000 RUB**
Scholarships
* The figures shown are 2020/21 costs; tuition at UPenn typically increases by 3.9% per year
** 1 USD = 76 RUB in February 2021
The actual cost for the Summer Module will vary based on individual needs.
Living Сosts
Philadelphia
Students should anticipate living costs in Philadelphia for 10 months.
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Saint Petersburg
Students should anticipate travel costs to St. Petersburg, summer travel and living expenses (this will vary dependent on your research location), and living costs in St. Petersburg for 10 months.
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Scholarships

Thanks to generous support from Polymetal International Plc., a limited number of scholarships will be available on a competitive basis for applicants to the program, including citizens of Russia, the USA, and other countries. Startup of this program at the University of Pennsylvania has been made possible by a seed grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Scholarships will cover tuition (and a living stipend for Russian citizens in both locations) for study in the Penn-EUSP Dual M.A. in REES. Scholarships will be awarded competitively in the course of the application process.
Admissions

Applications to the Penn-EUSP Dual M.A. in Russian and East European Studies Program must be made simultaneously, presenting identical materials and documents, to both UPenn and EUSP. Applications are accepted only for full-time work in the M.A. program beginning in the Fall semester. We do not offer part-time programs, nor do we offer Spring admission. We do not have paper applications — all applications are submitted online.
Application Requirements

The program is aimed at Americans, Russians, and international students who have acquired the B.A. or equivalent in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences. To apply for the Penn-EUSP Dual M.A. in Russian and East European Studies Program, students must submit the following documents (click on each item below for detailed instructions):
1. Personal statement (approx. 1200 words)
A personal statement of approximately 1,200 words. The statement should:
  1. Explain your reasons for applying and your relevant prior educational and other experience.
  2. Describe the area(s) of study in which you are interested, specifying a disciplinary concentration from among: anthropology, art history, demography, film studies, international business studies, Jewish studies, literary and cultural history, history, medieval studies, political science, sociology; you may propose a concentration not listed here or an interdisciplinary project.
  3. Address your particular interest in our program, including professors at both Penn and EUSP with whom you would hope to work.
  4. Address your level of linguistic competence and/or study plan regarding a language of the REES region.
      2. Critical writing sample in English (approx. 5000 words)
      Approximately 20 double-spaced pages. The writing sample should be relevant for your current scholarly interests. Although we will accept two papers adding up to 20 pages, we strongly prefer a single, 20-page paper. Font size and style do not matter, but the submission should come to approximately 5000 words. Please make sure your name is on each page.
      3. Three letters of recommendation
      These should be written by professors or other mentors who know your work and can attest to your academic ability. Letters may be submitted in any language, although English is recommended. Please do not submit more than four recommendation letters; personal (non-academic) recommendation letters are strongly discouraged.
      Note: your recommenders will be able to upload or mail their letters for a brief grace period after the deadline for the main body of your application.
      4. English Language Test Scores (for Non-US citizens)
      University-level academic competence in English is required for admission. Unless they have graduated from an institution of higher education in which the primary language of instruction was English, non-US citizen applicants must submit one of the following: TOEFL iBT® Test (standard/in-person); TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition; TOEFL ITP® Plus for China solution; Duolingo English Test; IELTS.

      In the case of the IELTS, please submit a scan of your test score notification and arrange for IELTS to send an official report of your scores sent by mail:
      The University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Division of Arts & Sciences Admissions, 3401 Walnut Street, Suite 322A, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228.
      5. Academic Transcripts and B.A. Diploma
      Electronic versions of your academic transcripts must be submitted with your application. You can upload an unofficial copy of your transcript to the application. If you have not yet been awarded your B.A. or equivalent at the time of application, your transcript or application essay should clearly state your expected date of graduation. If accepted, you will then need to provide a final, official paper copy of your transcript showing your earned degree before you matriculate.
      Steps to apply
      1
      Complete the EUSP Application Form
      Deadline: March 22, 2021
      2
      Complete the UPenn Application Form
      Deadline: March 22, 2021
      UPenn ApplyYourself admissions system will open in early February
      3
      Attend an online interview

      April 1-5, 2021
      You will be contacted by email if you have been short-listed.
      4
      Wait to receive admission decision
      April 9, 2021
      Applicants should accept or decline admissions offer by April 23, 2021

      Contacts
      Program-specific questions may be addressed to the program directors. Please include both directors in all communications.
      Prof. Kevin M.F. Platt
      Program Director at UPenn
      Dr. Gevorg Avetikyan
      Program Director at EUSP