Student Life

MA SES enrolls students from different cities, countries and regions of the world. Besides, many exchange students come from Europe every semester. You will be surrounded by brilliant classmates in a welcoming international atmosphere.

MA SES students have an active social life and participate in a lot of interesting events, such as trainings, workshops, discussions and excursions.

The Faculty of Sociology, where the MA SES program is taught, is situated in the centre of St. Petersburg, which gives a possibility to stay in the heart of the city life.

St. Petersburg is a large European city with outstanding architecture, suggestive monuments, beautiful churches, parks, water spaces and very intense cultural life. The World Travel Awards named St. Petersburg as world’s best cultural destination of 2016.

Hermitage, Russian Museum, Mariinsky Theater – these are world-famous names, but you will never stop to discover new places. You will not be able to forget amazing white nights and the drawbridges and for sure you will want to come back here again.

Eric Wagner, Germany: “I found this Program and I applied for a scholarship. So I combined the possibility to study here and to learn the language. The sociological studies the Program offers are very close to what I’m doing at home. The city is beautiful! I’ve seen a lot of things. There will be some people from Germany and other countries who will come to visit me here, so I’m sure I’ll see these places a lot of times again. I liked this divine church of the Savior on Blood. This is really very nice, especially this mosaic! And it was really cool inside”.

Li Zibo, China: “After two years of studying at our Program, I felt that I am in love with this city, with the people here. The first days were tough as I had no background of sociology. However, with the selfless help of my classmates and the encouragement of the professors, I came through the difficulties. I would say that the atmosphere here is warm and relaxed, the teaching methods are well organized. Besides, this city, Saint Petersburg, shows its glamour. I enjoy my visits to different museums and parks. There are numerous tourist attractions in this city. I do recommend you to come to Saint Petersburg and study at our Program!”

Olga Gerasimova, Russia: “What I really enjoy here is that this Program allows to gain a unique experience of working with Russian and foreign professors. All our lecturers are active researchers with their own projects and, therefore, they are always open for questions and can give a helpful advice for students who are just at the very beginning of their academic path. What is even more, the Program has gathered together students with different backgrounds and scientific interests, what makes the atmosphere of our studying even more diversified and interesting.”

Kevin Cyron, Virginia, USA: “I feel the education I received at St. Petersburg State University through their Masters in European studies was very unique and special. To study the European political system while in Europe and talking with students from all over the world is something I would not find in a typical American classroom. Their depth of knowledge of their own countries as well as mine led to some really insightful conversations. I will always look back with fondness of the MA SES program and to my Russian friends!”

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