Penn-EUSP Dual M.A. Program in Russian and East European Studies

The University of Pennsylvania and the European University at St. Petersburg have opened admissions for a dual-degree M.A. program in Russian and East European Studies, which will welcome its first cohort of students this coming fall.

The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

European University at St. Petersburg is a non-state graduate university, one of the leading institutions in humanities and social sciences in Russia.

Students in the Penn-EUSP Dual-Degree M.A. in REES spend one year at Penn, followed by a summer and a year at EUSP, engage in archival or field research leading to a thesis, and undertake intensive language study. In distinction from many area studies programs, in our program each student will pursue a specified academic discipline of concentration represented among our faculty (anthropology, art history, demography, film studies, history, international business studies, international relations, Jewish studies, literary and cultural history, medieval studies, political science, sociology, etc.). 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 are available at EUSP. At the program’s conclusion, students receive coordinated M.A. degrees from both Penn and EUSP. 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, their home countries or internationally.

Applications for this program are due on March 22. Note as well that fellowships will be available for a number of applicants on a competitive basis, thanks to a generous gift from Polymetal International, Plc. A seed grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York made the launch of this program at Penn possible.

You and your students can learn more about the Penn-EUSP Dual-Degree M.A. in REES at our websites: and

Any questions that arise can be directed to Prof. Kevin M. F. Platt at Penn ( and Dr. Gevorg Avetikyan at EUSP (