About the Profession
According to Russian historiography the first diplomatic contacts were recorded at the period of Kievan Rus (Old East Slavic State under the reign of the Rurik dynasty). Europe monarchies and states were the objects of international and trade relations. In 860, after the Rus’s attack on Constantinople the first international treat of “peace and love” was created between Kievan Rus and the most powerful Europe state - Byzantine Empire.
It is obvious that our modern and global world still can’t avoid conflicts or, due to Samuel P. Huntington conflicts between civilizations. Today in Europe we could witness a new wave of resettlement (migration) of peoples, a new sort of conflicts and processes. Within the frame of this programme a student gets his/her education in two countries – Russia (Moscow) and Great Britain (Edinburgh) at two universities: RUDN University and the Edinburgh Napier University. In case he/she passes all the assessments successfully, defends his/her thesis successfully twice: in Moscow and in Edinburgh, a student receives two BA degrees – of Russian Federation and of Great Britain.
The main educational goal within European Studies is to provide a student with in-depth training in politics, history, international relations, language and contemporary culture of modern European countries. Students take courses in international relations, economics, politics, security, history and culture of European countries, diplomatic etiquette, intercultural communication, foreign languages.
An integral part of the educational process is classes in foreign languages. The programme includes the study of two European languages, the main of which is English recognized as the language of international communication and diplomacy, a second language is chosen by students themselves.
The learning process includes the application of innovative methods, new information and communication technologies and modern multimedia courses.
Dual-Degree Programme is successfully realized together with Edinburgh Napier University (UK).
From 1 to 3 academic years - BA programme at the Institute of Foreign Languages, RUDN University, Regional Studies – European Studies.
4 academic year: Level 10 studies (60 ECTS) of the extended BA of Arts programme, specialty “Languages and intercultural communication – Regional Studies” at Edinburgh Napier University (UK).
Institute of Foreign languages (RUDN University):
Students take courses in international relations, economics, politics, regional security, history and culture of European countries, diplomatic etiquette, intercultural communication, foreign languages.
Edinburgh Napier University:
International Business, Foreign Language 1, Foreign Language 2, International communication in management and so on.
Practical skills are extremely important for a specialist in European Studies. Oral and written practice in foreign languages is the key part of their studies alongside with international relations, diplomatic etiquette and intercultural communication. Students communicate daily using such modern interactive methods as round-table discussion, interviewing, questionnaire survey, role play and distant intercultural communication. They also practice in writing articles, reports, delivering speeches at conferences. The eighth semester is devoted to the practical and research activity in European Studies. Students acquire professional skills working in various international foundations and institutions, embassies, cultural and information centres. Their practical research activity mainly takes place in famous Russian and Scottish scientific libraries and institutions. Bachelor’s papers are written under the supervision of prominent professors.
Graduates can carry out professional activities in prestigious international organizations (including the public ones); diplomatic missions, cultural centres and embassies of foreign countries; international archives; international publishers; international mass-media; in bodies of state and municipal management; prestigious national companies winning leading positions in Europe; transnational corporations, tourism and hospitality industry, can start internationally oriented business of their own, etc.