Grad. Program: Russian Studies (University of Helsinki)

Deadline: January 10, 2020

The University of Helsinki, Finland invites applications for its International Master’s Programme in Russian Studies. The application period is now open and ends January 10, 2020 for studies starting in August 2020. Please, inform your students about this possibility to study in Helsinki, Finland.


The International Master’s Programme in Russian Studies (MARS) at the University of Helsinki is a two-year multidisciplinary programme that focuses on Russia as an important actor in globally shared challenges.

The curriculum of the programme is closely linked with the world-class research conducted at the Aleksanteri Institute, Europe’s largest research institute dedicated to the Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies.

When studying in the programme, you will:

  • get tools to understand diverse social, political, and cultural phenomena and processes, and learn to identify their importance for Russia and the world at large
  • find courses that help you to strengthen your professional skills such as critical thinking, knowledge production, and project work
  • benefit from Aleksanteri Institute’s global network of experts in the field
  • reap the rewards of abundant research opportunities
  • have an opportunity to learn the Russian language
  • participate in short-term excursions and internships

For more information about the programme, watch a video or visit our website


University of Helsinki is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research universities, and ranks amongst the top 20 universities in Europe and top 100 worldwide. Helsinki is considered as one of the world’s most liveable cities, located only a 3.5h train ride from Russia’s second largest city Saint Petersburg.

If you want to join us, the next application period for the International Master’s Programmes is between December 3, 2019 and January 10, 2020, for studies starting in August 2020.  

If you have any questions about the application process, contact the Admission Services
For additional information, please contact Dr. Sari Autio-Sarasmo, Director of the International MA Programme in Russian Studies, University of Helsinki, E-mail:; Tel. +358-50-3199 365.