Higher school for European cultures (HSEC)
The Higher School for European Cultures of the Russian State University for the Humanities maintains two international double degree master programs: 'Russian Culture' and 'Russia and Europe: cooperation in culture and language'. Both programs are open for international students. In both cases master thesis can be written and presented not only in Russian, but in German or English language as well. For international students there is an opportunity to fund their study -- please, check Russia.Study website for more info.
International master double degree program "Russian culture"
(RSUH - Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany)
‘Russian culture’ is the first international double degree master program in RSUH, started in 2007. The Moscow part of the curriculum bases on the courses of the International educational and scientific center “Higher school of European cultures” (HSEC) (http://rsuh.ru/vshek, http://vshek.ru), the German part is developed by the Institute of Russian culture named after Yu.M. Lotman in the Ruhr University (Bochum, Germany). Since 2007 (till 2016) 75 Russian and 49 German students studied the program, 44 students from RSUH passed the semester internship in Bochum, 62 undergraduate and graduate students from Germany, Austria and Italy did the same in HSEC. During these years (2007 – 2016), 30 students of RSUH and 9 students of Ruhr University received two degrees - Master of Cultural Studies (RSUH) and the Master of Arts (Ruhr University).
Many courses from the Russian part of the curriculum are dedicated to the contemporary state of Russian culture or its history in the Soviet period (e.g. "Russian visual culture", "Soviet mass culture: genre cinema", "Post-Soviet and Soviet cinema: forms of interaction", "Analysis of the (Russian) Internet discourse", "Cultural institutions in modern society and the postmodern: Russia and the West" etc.). The methodological part is also well represented (“Theory and practice of the analysis of literary texts: literature and cinema", "Methods and approaches of visual studies", "Cultural studies in the modern world", "Contemporary cultural studies in Russia"). Last but not least, the program also contains courses designed specifically for foreign interns (e.g. "Languages for professional and everyday communication in the contemporary Russian social and cultural context"). It is worth mentioning that foreign students are also able to engage in courses on Russian literature and Russian language in the Institute of Philology and History and in Institute of Linguistics at Russian State University for the Humanities.
The German international partner of HSEC is the Lotman Institute of Russian culture, the largest center of Slavic studies in North Rhine-Westphalia. Cooperation of RSUH and RUB has begun as early as 1995, when in collaboration with the Ecole des Hautes Etudes (Paris, France) was founded Institute of European cultures, which since 2007 has become the Higher School of European cultures of RSUH. The international master's program "Russian culture" provides academic exchange for students of the RSUH and RUB for one semester with the financial support of the DAAD. So, in 2017-2018 five schoraschips are granted for each side yearly for one semester at the partner university.
Higher school of European cultures (HSEC)
International master double degree program "Russia and Europe: the interrelationship and cooperation in culture and language"
(RSUH – Leopold and Franz University, Innsbruck, Austria)
International master's double degree program "Russia and Europe" is the "kid sister" of "The Russian culture", which is being realized since 2007 (see above). The program is based on collaboration of RSUH, which is presented by an international educational-scientific center “The Higher school of European cultures” (HSEC), and Institute of Slavic Studies of the Innsbruck University. The first admission to internship program took place in RSUH in summer 2014. The first internship took place in 2016 and the first graduation is going to be in 2017. Partners from the universities of Milan (Italy) and Salzburg (Austria) will probably join the program in the next years.
The curriculum of the program contains various courses. Methodological block consists of "History and methodology of study of culture", "Science History", "Epistemology of Humanities" etc. The are a lot of courses focused on the actual situation in cultural research: "Cultural studies in modern world", "Contemporary cultural studies in Russia", "Academic institutes and expert communities in Europe and the USA", "How to apply a grant" etc. A cultural history of Russia and the history of the (primarily cultural and scientific) relations between Russia and Europe in the twentieth century, as well as the current situation, are covered by the courses: "Soviet mass culture: the genre cinema", "Post-soviet and soviet cinema: forms of interaction", "Analysis of the (Russian) Internet discourse", "Study of Russian culture in Europe", "Russian visual culture", "Cultural institutions in modern society and the postmodern: Russia and the West" etc.
The important part of curriculum is oriented to the foreign students that study Russian language ("Languages of professional and everyday communication in the contemporary Russian social and cultural context"; courses from the curriculum of the Translation Studies Department and the Institute of Linguistics of RSUH) and Russian literature (courses of Institute of philology and history of RSUH).
The Innsbruck University of Leopold and Franz according all ratings belongs to the world’s 300 leading universities. At the present time the double degree (Master of Cultural Studies (RSUH) and Master of Arts (University of Innsbruck)) partnership between RSUH and the University of Leopold and Franz has only just begun. However, the cooperation between HSEC (IEC) and the Institute of Slavic Studies of Innsbruck exists since 2000, and includes the regular internships of the Austrian students and graduates in RSUH, as well as the organization (with the financial support of DAAD) of the international winter and summer academies (s. http://www.rggu.ru/vshek/study-and-2-diplomas-program/summer-academy/2013-cinema-identity-film-und-identit-t/ and http://workshop.bochum.tilda.ws/).