International Relations

41.03.05In english and russian

Level of education Bachelor

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 4 years

Main courses
  • World Politics
  • Political Systems in Modern World
  • History of International Relations
  • Fundamentals of International Relations Theory
  • International Public and Private Law
  • International Negotiation Techniques
  • International and National Security
  • Fundamentals of Public Service and Foreign Policy Institutes in Russia
  • Fundamentals of Diplomacy and International Civil Service
  • International Economic Relations
  • International Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Key Issues in Domestic and Foreign Policies of Modern Russia
Our advantages
  • Students study two and more foreign languages
  • The modular structure makes it possible for students to build their individual educational path and choose from a large number of elective courses
  • There is an opportunity to participate in international internships and exchange programmes implemented jointly with partner universities from Europe, Asia, and North and South America
  • Membership in the prestigious international academic association – the Association of Professional Schools for the Study of International Affairs (APSIA)
  • There is an opportunity to get acquainted with potential employers during internships in international organisations and public authorities
  • Students can participate in large international forums as volunteers and staff
  • Students immerse in the international multicultural environment as part of the educational process and extracurricular activities held at the University
International relations

Students have an opportunity to take part in academic mobility programmes.There are over 300 leading universities in Europe, America and Asia among partner universities. Depending on the programme, students may qualify for a scholarship and either paid or free accommodation in a hall of residence. The list of academic mobility programmes is updated annually. All up-to-date information can be found on the St Petersburg University International Affairs website in the Students Exchange Programme section.

Examples of Academic partners:
  • The Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany)
  • Helmut Schmidt University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (Germany)
  • The Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)
  • Sciences Po (France)
  • The École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands)
  • The University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)
  • The University of Bologna (Italy)
  • The Prague University of Economics and Business (the Czech Republic)
  • The University of Southern California (the USA)
  • The Université de Montréal (Canada)
  • The Universidad de Montevideo (Uruguay)
  • Qingdao Binhai University (China)
  • Peking University (China)
Сareer opportunities

The graduates' future career is closely related to public service and inter-governmental organisations, international non-governmental organisations engaged into humanitarian cooperation and transnational corporations, consulting agencies as well as higher education institutions and mass media. The graduates can work as experts and analysts at leading research and analytical centres, develop international business partnerships. They can continue their studies as master students at Russian and foreign universities. 

The main professions: international relations expert, public official at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other federal and local governmental agencies, employee of an international organisation, a chamber of commerce, research worker of a research institute specialising in a broad range of politico-economic issues, analyst of business entities.

  • International expert
  • Civil servant in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other federal and regional government agencies
  • Employee of an international organisation, chamber of commerce
  • Research fellow at research institutes working on a wide range of political and economic issues
  • Analyst of business entities
Organisations where our graduates work
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Ministries of foreign affairs of foreign countries
  • The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation
  • The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
  • The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
  • The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS of Russia)
  • The Administration of St Petersburg, the Committee for External Relations
  • The Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg
  • The Government of the Leningrad Region
  • The Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member Nations
  • St Petersburg International Legal Forum
  • American Councils for International Education
  • Credit Suisse Bank
  • Baltic Financial Agency
  • St Petersburg University
  • Gazprom
  • Bosch Siemens
  • Toyota
  • Baikal Communication Group
  • CEMEA Marketing Communications

The programme is internationally accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency Hannover (ZEvA), the Certificate dated 12 March 2018