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S A I N T - P E T E R S B U R G S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y

SCHOOL
OF INTERNATIONAL
RELATIONS
«The future is not some place we are going to but one we are creat-
ing. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of
making them changes both the maker and the destination.»
John Schaar

These words perfectly reflect the attitude of those who founded the
School of International Relations and of those who work and
study here. Though little time has passed since the School was
founded, we have already been able to accomplish quite a lot.
However, our main achievement is that our graduates, wherever
they may be working now, are successfully moving forward. The
path we have chosen is not an easy one. Many challenges lie
ahead. Yet, we say to all those who trust their own abilities and
the power of intellect, to those who are setting high goals and will-
ing to apply themselves to achieve them: «Do join us!»

Dean of the School of International Relations


of Saint-Petersburg State University
Konstantin K. Khudoley
School of International Relations
of Saint-Petersburg State University

Founded in 1994 the School of International Re-


lations is one of the leading research and teach-
ing institutions in Russia that trains highly quali-
fied specialists in international relations.
Today our Faculty maintains relations with more
than twenty universities and organizations in Eu-
rope and North America taking part in such inter-
national projects as TEMPUS and Civil Education
Project.
The School of International Relations is a member
of the Association of Professional Schools of In-
ternational Affairs (APSIA) that unites leading uni-
versities of the United States and other countries
training specialists in international relations.
The students and lecturers of the Faculty partici-
pate in various international exchange and study
programs offered by the world’s top universities
including the University of Freiburg, Miami, South
California, Groningen, etc.
All the Faculty members hold academic degrees. At present the School of International Relations
Most of them have taught at universities in North offers two basic programs:
America and Europe. Among our lecturers are of- — International Relations
ficials from the Russian Foreign Ministry, St. Pe-
— Area Studies
tersburg City Administration and members of the
Russian Academy of Sciences. At the same time, The School of International Relations offers a wide
many foreign experts come to our School through variety of courses, both compulsory and optional,
a network of numerous exchange programs. thus ensuring an integrated and interdisciplinary
approach to international affairs. Our courses
The Faculty regularly holds international semi-
cover a wide range of subjects, including:
nars and conferences attended by prominent
researchers and scholars, policymakers and re- — International Law
nowned public figures both Russian and foreign. — Economics
The School of International Relations runs Educa- — International Relations
tional Resources Information Centres for the top
— Political Science
three international organizations. It houses a Euro-
pean Documentation Centre, a Regional Informa- — History
tion and Documentation Centre for the Council of — Arts
Europe, and a United Nations Depository Library.
Besides, it has an Information Centre for Iberian — Ethnic Studies
Studies and another one for Indian Studies. — Foreign Languages, etc.

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Saint-Petersburg State University the other two constituent parts of
is the oldest university in Russia. Saint-Petersburg’s scholastic trin-
It was founded by Emperor Peter ity — the Academy of Sciences and
the Great in 1724. It is situated the Grammar School. The Univer-
in the historic centre of the city, sity originally provided teaching in
close to the well-known architec- three fields of «classes» — math-
tural masterpieces. The Emperor’s ematics, physics, and the humani-
edict regarding the foundation of ties. The social composition of the
a university in Saint Petersburg first enrolments was very diverse,
was approved by the Senate of the descendants of the noble families
Russian Empire on January 28, studying together with representa-
1724. A noteworthy detail of this tives of the lower classes.
Russia’s first institution of higher
education was its organic link to
THE UNIVERSITY DEGREE SYSTEM
IN RUSSIA
The degree system is based on the three-level
hierarchy of degrees (Bachelor, Master, and Doc- School of International Relations gives a won-
tor / Ph. D). derful opportunity for young people to develop
The language of instruction is mainly Russian, their professional skills and to get wide knowl-
however, a number of programmes are taught edge in different aspects of international rela-
in English including some English Master’s Pro- tions. Studying at School of International Rela-
grammes offered to both domestic and interna- tions is a unique chance to meet and to listen
tional students. Degree students can take these not only to professors of the School but also to
programmes as part of their major. Exchange stu- diplomatic figures. Students here not only study
dents can take them as non-degree studies. The but also take active part in international con-
earned academic credits can be transferred to- ferences, round tables, meetings. When you get
ward the completion of the degrees at their home here and fully involve in the live of the School
universities. you can really feel that you have some relation
to «big» international and diplomatic live.
Elena Rukavishnikova, 1st year master student
(Russia)

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The University offers study and re- Faculty of Philology, Faculty of
search opportunities at its twenty Philosophy, Faculty of Psychology,
Faculties: Faculty of Applied Math- Faculty of Sociology, Department
ematics, Faculty of Biology & Soil of Sports and Physical Culture.
Science, Faculty of Chemistry, Even though the main language of
Faculty of Geology, Faculty of Ge- instruction is Russian, some Fac-
ography & Geo-Ecology, Faculty of ulties offer study programmes in
Mathematics and Mechanics, Fac- English. The teaching staff of the
ulty of Medicine, Faculty of Phys- University exceeds 5,000 people,
ics, Faculty of Economy, Faculty among them: over 1,000 Profes-
of History, School of International sors (Doctors of Science / Art), over
Relations, Faculty of Journalism, 2,000 Associate Professors (Can-
Faculty of Law, School of Manage- didates of Science / Art).
ment, Faculty of Oriental Studies,
Bаchelor’s Programmes

Length of study: 4 years


Language of instruction: Russian

EUROPEAN STUDIES NORTH AMERICAN STUDIES


Specialization: AREA STUDIES Specialization: AREA STUDIES
Department: EUROPEAN STUDIES Department: NORTH AMERICAN STUDIES
AREAS OF STUDY: AREAS OF STUDY:
— Contemporary International Relations in Europe — New Social and Political Trends in American
— European Peoples: General Traits and Ethnic Society
Challenges — US Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
— Political and State Systems in Europe — United States: Evolution, Trends, and Chal-
— European Culture lenges

— Disarmament and Security Issues in Europe — Economy and US-Canadian Economic Rela-
tions
— Muslim Communities in the EU
— Canadian Federation: Contemporary Issues
— Modern History of Medium-sized European
Countries — The French Canadian Issue

— Religion in Europe, etc. — International Financial Institutions as Instru-


ments of US Foreign Policy
— Ethnic processes in North America
— Russian-American relations, etc.

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Saint-Petersburg State University


has one of the largest scientific
libraries — M. Gorky’s Library. The
Library collections comprise over
7 million copies (over 1.5 million
book titles), books dating from the
15th century, incunabula, early
printed books and books in Cyril-
lic script, 50,000 manuscripts and
xerographs in Oriental languages.
The branches of the Library, which
specialize in specific areas of
knowledge, are located at each
Faculty of the University.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Specialization: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Department: WORLD POLITICS, THEORY AND
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, INTER-
NATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LINKS
AREAS OF STUDY:
— Central Issues in World Politics
— International Organizations and World Politics
— International Organizations: Theory and
Practice
— The Role of Nation-State in World Politics
— Environmental Protection in the Activities of
International Organizations
— Theoretical Principles of International Secu-
rity Challenges
— Key Challenges to Russia’s National Security
— International Conflict Settlement and Peace-
keeping
— Practice and Conventions of International Hu-
manitarian Cooperation
— Major Challenges and Trends in International
Cultural and Scientific Knowledge Exchange

APPLIED COMPUTER SCIENCE IN


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Length of study: 5 years
The program’s curriculum covers a great number
of maths subjects and a foreign language (Eng-
I like studying in Russia, because I
lish). The students are also required to take gen-
love this country. I enjoy my student’s
eral core courses. The program is carried out in
life in School of International Rela-
cooperation with the Department of Mathemat-
tions. It’s so interesting to study here.
ics and Mechanics of Saint-Petersburg State
I have got so much knowledge about
University.
all of the world from my teachers and
I have many friends. I will finish my
study in next July, but I will never for-
get my life here.
Bai Ling, 4 year student of School of
International Relations (China)

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Saint-Petersburg, the former capi- One of the most beautiful cities in Gulf of Finland in the Neva delta
tal city of the Russian Empire for the world, Saint-Petersburg was in 1703. The city’s unique history
over 200 years, has always been a founded by Peter is reflected in its 18th-19th cen-
cultural and educational centre. the Great on the tury avenues, palaces, and parks.
The streets of the Northern capi-
tal represent a wonderful combi-
nation of different architectural
styles. The beautiful parks and
palaces of Saint-Petersburg sub-
urbs — Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Gatchi-
na, Peterhof, Lomonosov, and
the old part of Kronstadt — were
included into the UNESCO world
heritage list.
Master’s Programmes

Length of study: 2 years


Language of instruction: Russian
Students may choose from the following fields of
specialization:

EUROPEAN STUDIES
AREAS OF STUDY:
— Contemporary International Relations in Europe
— Theory and History of European Integration
— Russia’s European Policy

COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT PACIFIC AREA STUDIES


STATES STUDIES
AREAS OF STUDY:
AREAS OF STUDY: — Integration in the Asian-Pacific Region: History
— CIS Institutions and the Status Quo
— Domestic and Foreign Policies of East Euro- — United States and Russia in the Pacific Region
pean and SIS States — Domestic and Foreign Policies of Asian States
— CIS Regional Security and Integration Chal-
lenges WORLD POLITICS
AREAS OF STUDY:
BALTIC AND NORDIC STUDIES
— International Organizations and Central Is-
AREAS OF STUDY: sues of World Politics
— Russian Policy in the Baltic Regions: History — Environmental Protection in the Activities of
and the Status Quo International Organizations
— International Organizations in the Baltic Region
— Foreign Policies of the Baltic States INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN
LINKS
NORTH AMERICAN STUDIES AREAS OF STUDY:
AREAS OF STUDY: — Practice and Conventions of International Hu-
— US Foreign Policy and Diplomacy manitarian Cooperation
— United States: Evolution, Trends, and Chal- — Major Challenges and Trends in International
lenges Cultural and Scientific Knowledge Exchange
— Key Factors in Canadian Foreign Policy

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Tsar Peter the Great founded the river Neva drains into the Gulf of
city on May 27 (May 16, Old Style), Finland. Inspired by example of
1703 after re-conquering the land Venice and Amsterdam, Peter the
from Sweden. He named it after Great envisaged boats and cora-
his patron saint, the apostle Saint cles as principle means of trans-
Peter. The original name of Sankt- port in his city of canals. No per-
Peterburh was actually an imita- manent bridges across the Neva
tion of the pronunciation of Dutch were allowed until 1850. By virtue
Sint Petersburg; Peter had lived of its position on an arm of the Bal-
and studied in the Netherlands tic Sea, it was called by Pushkin a
for quite some time. The Swedish «window on Europe». It was also a
fortress of Nyenskans and the city base for Peter’s navy, protected
Nyen had formerly occupied the by the island fortress of Kronstadt,
site in the marshlands where the built soon after the city.
For a better understanding of international
relations and the politics of foreign countries
one must go abroad, get in touch with the di-
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY versity of cultures, and meet different people to
broaden one’s own horizon. The School of Inter-
AND FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS
national Relations with its open-minded profes-
AREAS OF STUDY: sors has given me a chance to experience a new
way of looking at politics, especially concerning
— Political Decision-making and Forecasting
Russia and the countries of the former Soviet
— Classical and Modern Theories in Internation- bloc as they undergo the process of political and
al Relations economic transformation.
Sebastian Nentwig, exchange student from
HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL Technical University of Dresden (Germany)
RELATIONS IN THE 20TH CENTURY
AREAS OF STUDY:
— Systems of International Relations in the 20th
Century
— History of Diplomacy in the 20th Century
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
DIPLOMACY OF THE RUSSIAN IN THE FIELD OF ENVIRONMENT
FEDERATION AND FOREIGN STATES ANDDEVELOPMENT
AREAS OF STUDY: AREAS OF STUDY:
— Diplomatic Professional Training — Global Environmental Problems
— Modern Diplomacy of Russia — Cooperation of States in the Environmental
— Modern Diplomacy of Foreign States Protection Field
— International Negotiations in Political and — International Environmental Organizations
Economic Affairs

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PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS The plan of the fortress was worked
Since its construction began dur- out by Peter himself. He made it in
ing wartime, the new city’s first the shape of an elongated hexa-
building was a fortification. The gon with six projecting bastions,
Peter and Paul Fortress occupies connected by curtain walls. The
the central position in the archi- first defensive constructions were
tectural ensemble of the city cen- made of timber and earth, but
tre, and the Peter and Paul Cathe- in 1706 the construction works
dral with its high bell tower is one of stone buildings started under
of the main landmarks of Saint- supervision of architect Tresini. A
Petersburg. The silhouette of the boardwalk was built along a por-
Peter and Paul Fortress became tion of the fortress wall, giving visi-
the main symbol of the city on the tors a clear view of the city across
Neva River. the river to the south.
Master’s Programme
New Independent States

The program was created in 2003. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY


Length of study: 2 years Lecturer: Stanislav L. Tkachenko,
Language of instruction: English Associate Professor, Dep. of Euro-
pean Studies
Due to the increasing numbers of international
students, the School of International Relations This course examines international
launched an English language MA programme economic relations from theoreti-
«New Independent States» cal and political perspectives. After
studying alternative approaches to the political
The programme is aimed at providing comprehen-
field of the World Economy, the course explores
sive knowledge of the processes that affect the
the history of economic relations between coun-
post-soviet area. It also intends to give students
tries in the 20th century. It also covers the issues
the tools needed to analyse the complex environ-
of production, trade, and finance, analysing the
ment surrounding the New Independent States.
major players, both state and corporate, in the
post-World War II economy.
PRINCIPAL COURSES
RUSSIAN ECONOMY IN TRANSITION
The programme takes an interdisciplinary ap- Lecturer: Dmitry S. Evstafiev,
proach to the study of the New Independent
States drawing on subjects from various academ- Associate Professor, Dep. of Euro-
ic fields such as law, economics, history, political pean Studies
science, arts, and ethnic studies. The primary objective of the course
All courses are taught in English by the leading is to introduce students to the cul-
professors of the Faculty whose scholarly works tural, political and business environ-
are widely known both in Russia and abroad. ment of Russia that has been changing in the way
of reform since 1992.
The following are brief descriptions of some of the
key courses offered within this programme: INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS IN THE MODERN WORLD

RUSSIA’S EUROPEAN POLICY Lecturer: Dmitry N. Baryshnikov,


Lecturer: Konstantin K. Khudoley, Associate Professor, Dep. of World
Politics
Professor, Dep. of European Studies
The main objective of the course is
This course examines one of the to provide students with the basic
most important spheres of Russian concepts of conflict as a social phe-
foreign policy, namely, its European nomenon in its international dimension. By study-
dimension. Some of the specific is- ing different approaches to the normative, moral
sues addressed in this course are as follows: in- and national aspects of the peace / war problem
ternal struggle among the Russian elite over the the students should get a general idea of the con-
policy issues on the European arena, Russia-EU flict as the dominant form of inter-state and inter-
relations, Russia-NATO relations, Russia in the group relations.
Council of Europe, Russia in the Organization on
Security and Co-operation in Europe, etc. NEW INDEPENDENT STATES:
MAIN TRENDS IN DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICIES;
REGIONALISM IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS;
POLITICAL ASPECTS OF ECONOMIC RELATIONS;
RUSSIA AND THE BALTIC REGION AND ETC.
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The State Hermitage Museum oc- family was closely connected to the
cupies five magnificent buildings Hermitage. Each tsar decorated
along the Neva River Embankment the interiors according to his / her
in the very centre of Saint-Peters- tastes and wishes, acquired new
burg. The State Hermitage pos- works of art, and enlarged the col-
sesses one of the largest art col- lection started by Catherine the
lections in the world. The collection Great. After the Russian Socialist
comprises about 3 million items, Revolution of 1917 the Hermitage
including masterpieces of some was turned into a museum, and
of the most outstanding artists. its treasures became open to the
The Hermitage collection includes public.
culture objects embracing the pe-
riod from the Stone Age to modern
times. The life of the Russian Royal
GENERAL INFORMATION ON
EXCHANGE PROGRAMME STUDIES
AT THE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL
The focus of my studies is Russia and the Cauca-
RELATIONS OF SAINT-PETERSBURG sus. I’m writing my graduate master’s thesis on
STATE UNIVERSITY the post-soviet ethnic conflicts with the major
emphasis on the conflicts in Georgia.
Exchange students can come to our School
through various exchange programmes or bilat- The School of International Relations in Saint-
eral agreements between the host and home in- Petersburg offers a wide span of interesting and
stitutions. Exchange students may select courses useful courses for my research, not to mention
from different programmes to form their individu- the fact that I’ve been studying Russian for 4
al curricula (usually twenty hours a week). years and I’ve finally got a chance to deepen by
knowledge of the Russian language and culture.
Visiting students should apply directly to the Ad-
missions and be accepted prior to enrolment in Marianna Vindimian, exchange student from
one of the programmes. Visiting students attend- University of Bologna (Italy)
ing non-degree programmes pay for each course
they take separately.
Please note that most of the international pro- HOW TO APPLY: application deadlines are speci-
grammes offered by the School do not lead to a fied for each programme. For more detailed in-
degree. They are primarily intended to form part of formation, please contact the Foreign Depart-
the students’ degree at their home universities. ment of the School. Please check the information
REQUIREMENTS: the basic requirement for an about the programme you are interested in and
exchange student is that the applicant should be note that all students must meet the application
an enrolled university student in his / her home requirements and deadlines. You can also find
country. Some programmes require 2–3 years relevant information on the website of the School
of prior study within the field. All programmes at www.sir.edu.
require familiarity with the basic concepts of the After a successful completion of the programme,
disciplines studied. Students seeking enrolment exchange students receive an official certificate
in the programmes taught in English should have indicating the number of credits, academic hours,
good command of the language. and grades obtained over the course of study.

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The Kunstkammer (translating One of the most famous exhib-


from German — «chambers of cu- its of the Kunstkammer is the
riosities») was founded in 1718. unique Globe-Planetarium of Got-
It was intended to house a library torp. It was created in Germany in
and collections of «monsters and the 17th century and during the
rarities» gathered by Peter I. The Northern War was presented to
Kunstkammer enjoys a very fa- Peter the Great who brought it to
vourable location. Situated on the Saint-Petersburg. The diameter of
bank of the Neva River, the build- the globe is 3.1 meters. Outside
ing can be seen from far distances. the Globe all known by that time
M. Lomonosov insisted that Peter continents, seas and rivers were
the Great wanted people to see the pictured, and inside there the first
Kunstkammer building and think of planetarium in the world.
the importance of sciences.
Annual International Conferences,
Forums and Round-tables

RUSSIA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION RUSSIA AND NATO


International Academic Conference International Academic Conference
The conference is held annually in October at the The International Conference «Russia and NATO»
School of International Relations of Saint-Peters- is held annually by the School of International Re-
burg State University. lations of Saint-Petersburg State University and
Since 1996 the School of International Relations organized in close cooperation with the Consulate
has been hosting this annual conference focus- General of the United States in Saint-Petersburg
ing on the most crucial issues of the EU-Russia and the NATO Information Office in Moscow.
relations. The range of subjects discussed at the The past conference explored such themes as Mod-
conference included such issues as political and ern Russia and NATO: achievements, difficulties,
economic relations between Russia and the EU, and problems; the approaches by Russia and NATO
cooperation in the field of security and defence, to the central issues of the modern world: similari-
cooperation in Northern Europe and the Baltic ties and differences; NATO Summits and their de-
Sea Region, the Kaliningrad issue in the context cisions; Cooperation between Russia and NATO on
of the EU enlargement, the role of Russia and the combating terrorism; Russia, NATO, and the issue of
EU in forming the European International Order, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, etc.
reality perceptions of mutual relations in various The topics of discussion at the conference spanned
parts of Europe. a wide spectrum of matters such as operations con-
The conference brings together members of the ducted by NATO, transformation of the armed forces
diplomatic corps and international academic of the Western Alliance (organizational structure and
community, government officials, journalists, and training), prospects for future NATO expansion, and
students. the issue of NATO restructuring, particularly through
the development of partnership programmes.

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ALEXANDER NEVSKY LAVRA Lavra ensemble. The monumental
One of the oldest architectural en- cathedral is crowned with a high
sembles of Saint-Petersburg, Alex- dome and it harmonizes well with
ander Nevsky Lavra, was founded the surrounding monastery build-
in 1710 on that very place where ings. Among the icons of the cathe-
according to the legend Alexander dral the one most honoured is the
Nevsky defeated Swedish troops. icon of Saint Serafim Sarovsky.
The compositional centre of Lavra By the end of the 18th century the
is the Holy Trinity Cathedral, con- Alexander Nevsky monastery that
structed by architect Starov. The in 1797 was elevated to the sta-
end of the construction works and tus of Lavra (Lavra is a name given
the sanctification of the cathedral to rich monasteries), became the
in 1790 marked the end of the spiritual and cultural centre of
forming of the Alexander Nevsky Saint-Petersburg.
ANNUAL RUSSIAN-AMERICAN SEMINAR The Seminar is an open forum for discussions on
current domestic and foreign political issues of
The Russian-American Seminar has become a
Russia, Russian-American relations, US domestic
distinguished venue in the social and academic
and foreign policies, and the roles of Russia and
life in Russia gaining wide recognition in the
the USA in the modern world.
United States over the past 16 years. In her intro-
ductory speech before Vladimir Putin and George Seminar participants meet for discussion and
W. Bush at the Russian-American Summit in May debate with leaders of various political parties,
2002 in Saint-Petersburg the University Rector prominent scholars, representatives of Russian
referred to the Russian-American Seminar as the culture, diplomats, and intellectuals.
longest running Russian-American joint project In 2006 ex-President of the USSR Michael Gor-
undertaken by our University. bachev gave a keynote speech at the Seminar. In
The Seminar is organized with the help of the it he highlighted he most significant trends in the
Russian-American International Relations As- evolution of international relations, made his as-
sociation and the Foundation «Politika». Partici- sessment of the modern processes in world poli-
pants of the Seminar discuss such issues as Rus- tics, and answered students’ questions.
sian-American relations at the governmental and
non-governmental levels, transformations in the
governments of Russia and the United States, re-
gional priorities of foreign policy of Russia and the
United States, etc.

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KAZAN CATHEDRAL The construction of the cathe-
The solemn laying of the Cathe- dral, which according to the wish
dral of Our Lady of Kazan took of Paul I was to remind of the St.
place on August 27, 1801. The Peter’s Cathedral and, at the same
new cathedral replaced the time, the Santa-Maria-Magiore in
wooden church that had been Rome, was entrusted to architect
constructed in 1733–1737 by Voronikhin, who had been Count
architect Zemtsov and treasured Stroganov’s serf and later became
the miracle-working icon of Our Professor of the Academy of Fine
Lady of Kazan. This icon was a Arts.
family relic of the Romanovs and
was though to be the patroness
of not only the ruling Royal family
but of all Russia.
Annual International Conferences,
Forums and Round-tables

RUSSIA AND INDIA UN MODEL


IN THE MODERN WORLD International Youth Conference
International Conference Since 2003 the School has held an international
The conference is organized by the School of In- youth conference simulating the work of a UN
ternational Relations of Saint-Petersburg State Session. Relevant problems of international re-
University with the help of the Consulate General lations are discussed by the students in accor-
of India in Saint-Petersburg. dance with the UN procedures. Each participant
of the Conference acts as plenipotentiary rep-
This conference touches upon the entire range of is-
resentative of a UN member state in one of the
sues pertaining to contemporary relations between
simulated organs of the Organization having to
Russia and India such as the prospects for new
protect the national interests of the represented
ways of cooperation between the two countries,
state on various questions on the agenda. As a
the positions of Russia and India on nuclear non-
result of the Session, a final document — Resolu-
proliferation, military cooperation, local conflicts in
tion — must be adopted where recommendations
Central Asia and the Middle East, Russian and In-
on problem solutions are made and later sent to
dian cooperation in the war on terrorism, etc.
the UN Headquarters in New York.
The simulation has a scholarly and practical value
and implies:
— a serious preparation of the delegates to be
cognisant of the relevant issues on the UN
agenda
— discussion of key issues of current interna-
tional relations from the viewpoints of repre-
sented states bearing in mind their national
interests
— mastering negotiation skills, ability to work as
part of a team, acquiring experience in public
speaking
At the end of the conference each student re-
ceives a Certificate of participation.
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THE CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON commemorate the Tsar-Liberator.


SPILLED BLOOD The cathedral was constructed in
One of the most beautiful cathedrals the style of the 16th-17th century
of Saint-Petersburg, the Church of Russian architecture and has a lot
the Saviour on Spilled Blood was in common with the Church of St.
erected on the spot where Russian Basil the Blessed that is located in
Emperor Alexander II was assassi- Red Square in Moscow. The Church
nated on March 1, 1881. The tsar of the Saviour on Spilled Blood
was mortally wounded by terrorists stands out for its complicated and
from the «People’s Will» revolution- picturesque outline, as well as rich
ist organization. The very next day and multicoloured decoration — a
the Municipal Duma at its emer- sharp contrast to the austerity of
gency meeting decided to order all other Saint-Petersburg church
the construction of a cathedral to architecture.
School of International
Relations on Radio and
TV

Why this university? The answer’s simple, ev-


erything I needed for my graduate thesis and
my future career goals I’ve found right here.
I also got an opportunity to learn about dif-
ferent aspects of Russian culture — some-
thing that’s always interested me.
Evdokia Atanasovska, exchange student
from University of Bologna (Italy)
THE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL
RELATIONS ON TV AND RADIO
The lecturers of the School of International Rela-
tions are frequent guests to a weekly radio talk
programme «International Relations: a view from
Saint-Petersburg» aired on the local radio station
«Russia». They are invited as expert analysts on
contemporary international politics and economy
discussing various issues regarding world politics
and the activity of Russia in world affairs.

At the School of International Relations I’ve


acquired some useful knowledge, which I
hope to apply in my country.
TV CHANNEL «VESTY» Mokwebo Morumbela Judas, graduate stu-
Vice-Dean for International Relations Philipp dent at the School of International Relations
G. Khanin is giving an interview for the TV chan- (Republic of South Africa)
nel «Vesty».
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ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL Russian artists and sculptors such
St. Isaac’s cathedral is one of the as Bryullov, Klodt, Pimenov, and
largest domed cathedrals in the others. Today St. Isaac’s Cathedral
world, after the Cathedral of St. is one of the most recognized Rus-
Peter in Rome, the Cathedral of St. sian cathedrals and one of the most
Paul in London and the Cathedral popular museums in Saint-Peters-
of St. Maria in Florence. St. Isaac’s burg. The visitors are invited to climb
Cathedral, which is 101.5 meters in the colonnade of the cathedral to
height and has the area of 4 thou- enjoy a breathtaking view of the city
sand square meters, can hold up centre from the 43-meter height. In
to 12 thousand people. The interior 1988, when Russia was marking
d cor of the cathedral features an the millennium of Christianity, the
abundant use of paintings, mosaics, cathedral, for the first time after a
and sculptures made by well-known long period, was used for prayer.
Strategic Partners of Our School

Since 2000 the School of International Relations America, and Europe. APSIA is dedicated to the
has been an active member of the Association of improvement of professional education in inter-
Professional Schools of International Affairs. Our national affairs and the advancement thereby of
representatives take part on a regular basis in AP- international understanding, prosperity, peace,
SIA Admissions Fairs that take place in the United and security.
States, Latin America, and Europe. The School of APSIA members work to promote excellence
International Relations has established strong in professional, international affairs education
bilateral ties with several members of this inter- worldwide by sharing information and ideas
national organization. among member schools and with other higher
APSIA comprises 29 member schools in the education institutions, the international affairs
United States (Henry M. Jackson School of In- community, and the general public.
ternational Studies of University of Washington,
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy of University
of Michigan, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign
Service of Georgetown University), Asia, Latin

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Saint-Petersburg is surrounded by ing dynamited by the retreating


imperial residences, some of which Nazis in 1944. Other imperial resi-
are inscribed in the World Heritage dences have yet to be revived to
list. These include: Peterhof, with their former glory. Gatchina, lying
the Grand Pegerhof Palace and 45 km southwest of Saint-Peters-
glorious fountain cascades; Tsar- burg, retains a royal castle with
skoe Selo, with the baroque Cath- 600 rooms surrounded by a park.
erine Palace and the neoclassical Strelna has a hunting lodge of Pe-
Alexander Palace; and Pavlovsk ter the Great and the recently re-
featuring a domed palace of Em- constructed Constantine Palace,
peror Paul and one of the largest used for official summit meetings
English-style parks in Europe. of the Russian President with for-
Much of Peterhof and Tsarskoe eign leaders.
Selo had to be restored after be-
Summer and Winter Courses

SUMMER AND WINTER COURSES


AT SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL
RELATIONS
Over the last few years our School has welcomed
international students for 2–3 week programmes
during the summer and winter breaks.
One example of such programmes is

JOINT SUMMER COURSE OF SCHOOL


OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
When I look at the students of this School,
The joint programme «Russia and the World» was I see future leaders of their countries and it
started by the School of International Relations makes me study harder.
and University of Miami in August 2006. 14 Amer- Cho Robert Sung Il, senior student at the
ican and 6 Russian graduate and undergraduate School of International Relations
students participated in the programme.
It was an interdisciplinary course with about a
dozen Russian and American professors from
both Schools. History, political science and re- tant element of the programme was the informal
gional studies experts were addressing Russia’s personal contact between the American and Rus-
relations with the European Union, the United sian students.
States and the Islamic world. A great achievement of the programme was that
The course was made up of both theoretical and the American students were able to gain invalu-
practical parts. The first part was comprised of able experience of seeing the result of the 15
lectures, the second part included visits to the years of Russia’s transformation — the knowl-
Saint-Petersburg City Administration, Russian edge one can never obtain by just simply reading
and foreign corporations operating in the north- books, newspaper articles, or viewing TV specials
west region of Russia. On top of that, an impor- on the subject.

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Saint-Petersburg is one of the erlands, and Sweden. It is impos- which has not contributed to the
largest centres of world and Rus- sible to find a European country development of Saint-Petersburg.
sian culture. It is home to unique
historical and cultural landmarks,
80 % of its heritage assets of the
18–19th centuries being original.
According to UNESCO, Saint-Pe-
tersburg ranks 8th in the list of
the most popular and attractive
cities in the world, and legitimately
so, since it was created by the
genius of the most outstanding
architects and builders of Russia,
Italy, France, Germany, the Neth-
Students’
Kaleidoscope

1. Ambassador of the United


States of America
to the Russia
William Joseph Burns

2. Margelov Mikhail — 3
Head of Foreign
Affairs Committee
of the Council of Federation,
Russian Federation

3. The day of traditional


Russian cuisine
for foreign students

4. Sergey Yastrzhembsky,
Aide to the President,
Special Representative
for the President for Issues
of the Development
of Relations with the European Union
3
5. Football team

6. George W. Bush, the President of the USA


with Anna Sakharova student of the Sckool

7. Xia Lingling and Sun Tao, students from China,


who met each other in our School
and recently married
4

6 7

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USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION:
Welcome to Saint-Petersburg, Russia. The staff of the International Admis-
sions Office and the staff of Foreign Department of the School of International
Relations of Saint-Petersburg State University are always available to assist
you. We will be more than happy to help you with application, enrolment, and
matters related to studying at our university. We provide transfers from the
airport, accommodations, help with medical insurance coverage, and arrange
your leisure time. Also, our Office can help you with issuing academic certifi-
cates and transferring credits earned at Saint-Petersburg State University.

SAINT-PETERSBURG STATE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS


UNIVERSITY OF SAINT-PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY
ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATION
Chief of St. Petersburg State Dean of School of International Relations,
University International Depart- Professor Doctor of Science
ment, Director of the Center Konstantin K. Khudoley
for International Exchanges
Tel. (+7 812) 576-79-47
Vera I. Alaxandrova Fax: (+7 812) 576-72-70
Tel. (+7 812) 328-15-51 http://www.dip.pu.ru
Fax: (+7 812) 325-87-39 e-mail: sir@sir.edu
e-mail: vera@va3114.spb.edu Vice-dean for International Relations
VISITING ADDRESS: Associate Professor, PhD in political
Russia, 199034 science
Saint-Petersburg, Philipp G. Khanin
Universitetskaya nab. 7–9 Tel. (+7 812) 5767824
Phone: (+7 812) 328-32-91 Fax (+7 812) 5767824
(+7 812) 328-15-51 e-mail: fd@dip.pu.ru
(+7 812) 328-97-38 khanin@dip.pu.ru
Fax: (+7 812) 325-87-39 VISITING ADDRESS:
E-mail:
interoffice@om1636.spb.edu Russian Federation, 191060,
St. Petersburg.
Smolny street, Entrance VIII, room 223–224
Foreign Department School of International
Relations St. Petersburg State University