Our bachelor’s programme is designed to equip students with the skills to develop their careers in a variety of different professions, in which analytical skills are valued. The specialist knowledge they gain on this programme will enable them to apply new skills and expertise as researchers and managers of international projects.
Our graduates possess several competitive advantages: in-depth knowledge of two foreign languages; comparative knowledge about how public policy is made in the European Union, individual European states and in the BRICS countries. With these and other skills in academic writing, public speaking and research methods, the graduates of our program will be able to instantly add value to the work of government agencies, non-profit organizations, and Russian or European commercial companies that have markets in Europe and in the BRICS states.
All our students go on placements and internships. The places they go are also among the major employers of our graduates. They include:
1. Units of regional and city administration in Russia responsible for developing foreign relations;
2. Offices of ministries and agencies of European countries that support economic and social development in the St. Petersburg region (e.g., The Economic Development Agency of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW.INVEST Russia, Helsinki Office in St. Petersburg, etc.) including the development of international Chambers of Commerce (e.g., the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia);
3. Offices of European agencies of inter-state cooperation that have an interest in Russia (e.g., The Council of the Baltic Sea States, The Ministerial Council of Northern Countries, The Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Baltic Region) and Russian international organisations that have an interest in cooperation in the Baltic Sea region (e.g., The Baltic Sea Tourism Commission);
4. Russian and foreign non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations that have projects of international cooperation in Russia and abroad. Although the number of such organisations involved in the promotion of democracy and human rights has been on the decline, there are many others in this sector that are dedicated to aspects of economic development, social and cultural exchange and interaction;
5. Offices and information centers of St. Petersburg and other regions of the Russian Federation in Lithuania, Austria, Italy, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Australia, Israel, France, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Great Britain, and more besides.
Aside from these organisations, there are several other places where our students have a chance to gain practical skills and develop their careers. These include:
1. Broadcast media organisations;
2. Political parties; research, analytical and educational centers and institutes.