Political Science

Political Science

Political science

Degree: Bachelor

Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)

ECTS: 240

Field of study: Political science

Language of instruction: Russian, partly English

Programme Director: Dr Vitalii Gorokhov

Office 232, 57/43, Sredny prospect VO, Saint-Petersburg, 199178, Russia

Phone: +7 (812) 335-94-94 (ext. 1563)

E-mail: gorokhov-va@ranepa.ru

Description: We teach to analyse different national responses to key political, social, and economic challenges of today’s world.

We prepare our students for the jobs in public and private sector; to becomepublic officials, experts, analysts and political journalists who arecompetitive on the Russian as well as global labour markets.

The Programme is supervised by the International Advisory Board – an independent collegiate authority composed of high-profile scholars from the top world universities.


  • Learning two foreign languages (students choose among English, French, German or Spanish).
  • “Global Studies in Russia” – a two-semester module in political science and Russian Studies taught entirely in English.
  • International student exchangewith partner universities from Europe and Asia.
  • Faculty with international academic experience.
  • Person-oriented learning(a host of elective courses in Russian and English).

During the first two years students study the basics ofsociology, political science, international relations, and law. In thethird year students choose one of the two study-tracks: “Public Policy and Governance: European Models” and “Political Ideas and Institutions”.

Main classes

  • Public Policy and Public Administration
  • World Politics and International Relations
  • Political Analysis and Foresight
  • Political Parties and Elections
  • Comparative Politics
  • Law Enforcement Studies
  • International Organizations
  • Global Governance
  • Russian Politics
  • Government Relations

Career opportunities

  • Government and municipalauthorities
  • Public and Government relations
  • Political communication and expertise 
  • Political journalism
  • Russian and International business

International student exchange – Global Studies in Russia

“Global studies in Russia” is an integral part of the Faculty’s bachelor programme in political science. The module offers undergraduate courses in Russian studies. We offer a unique opportunity to spend one or two semesters in the vibrant and global city of St. Petersburg doing political science and Russian studies entirelyin English.

Advantages for our prospective students include:

  • Studying at the leading Russian school of public administration
  • Two-fold focus on political sciences and Russian studies
  • Russian language courses for students with different levels of proficiency (from «beginner» to «advanced»)
  • Immersion in the Russian language environment and building cross-cultural communication skills
  • Professional communication in English and Russian
  • Joint classes with Russian students
  • Flexible Duration: 1 or 2 semesters
  • Long sojourn in St. Petersburg – the Russian Capital of Culture
  • Extra-curricular program in an authentic Russian language environment
  • No tuition fee for students from partner universities.

A wide range of extra-curricular events and activities aimed at offering a better understanding of the Russian politics, culture and society.


Fall (September-January):ECTS creditsSpring (February-June):ECTS credits
Post-Soviet Studies: Russia6Global Governance6
Russian Studies: Culture & History6Urban Studies & Politics6
Political Concepts and Rhetoric (optional)4Post-Soviet Studies: CIS6
Comparative Political Systems6Russian Politics6
Public Policy: Theories & Cases6Russian Language6
Russian Language6