AchimHurrelmann[1]Director’s Message

From Enlightenment to the Holocaust, from the World Wars to European integration, from the rise of communism to the fall of the Soviet Union – political and societal developments in Europe, Russia and Eurasia have always had global ramifications. Today, the eyes of the world are focused on the conflict in Ukraine, but also on issues such as the economic troubles of the Eurozone; social and political transformation in the Balkans; the ways in which states of the region have responded to migration and increased cultural pluralism; or the role of the European Union and Russia in international relations.

The Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) at Carleton University is the place to study such developments. Both within Canada and internationally, EURUS is a leader in teaching and research on Europe and European integration, Central and Southeast Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

EURUS offers programs for both graduate and undergraduate students, including an MA in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies; a Graduate Diploma in European Integration Studies; a BA in European and Russian Studies; and a regional specialization in Carleton’s new Bachelor of Global and International Studies.

All of these programs are interdisciplinary, drawing on perspectives from History, Political Science, Economics, Language and Culture, Law, Sociology, as well as related fields. Taught primarily in seminars rather than large lectures, they are designed to foster ongoing interactions and one-on-one working relationships between students and their professors.

EURUS maintains close connections to our region of study. Through our Centre for European Studies and our Magna Fund for Russian Studies, we not only bring experts from Europe, Russia and Central Asia to Carleton, but also support our students in conducting field work or taking language training abroad. Many of our students also participate in international student exchanges.

Taking full advantage of our location in Ottawa, we prepare students for a variety of professional careers, including jobs in government, international and non-governmental organizations, teaching and research, the media, as well as private business. EURUS offers a co-op and an internship program that link our students to prospective employers, including the federal government.

EURUS faculty members are internationally renowned experts whose work has been widely published and whose research is supported by agencies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the European Union, or private corporations. In addition, I am proud to say that all EURUS faculty members are exceptionally committed academic teachers, actively supporting students in identifying and pursing their academic and professional interests.

Please stick around and explore the EURUS website, visit us in person at Carleton University, or contact me personally by email if you have any questions.

Achim Hurrelmann
Director, EURUS