Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

16 more OSUN courses are available to the Smolny Beyond Borders students

Sixteen additional OSUN (Open Society University Network) courses are now available to Smolny Beyond Borders students, bringing the total number of courses for this semester to 38.

Explore the list below with links to the application pages. Each course has a varying number of available spots. Applicants should submit a Statement of Purpose. If there’s no option to submit a file in the application portal, send a message with the title [SBB Application to the OSUN online course [course title]] to helpdesk[at]

The application deadline is January 15th. If accepted, students are required to commit to their chosen course within 24 hours.

Apply Now (Click the course titles for more detailed information on the course page).

Asia-Pacific International Politics in the Post-Pandemic Era Chiahao Hsu National Sun Yat-sen University
Challenges of the 21st Century Ekaterina Galimova American University of Central Asia
Child Rights Protection Venera Urbaeva American University of Central Asia
Climate Change Fiction: Human Rights and Anthro-Sociological Adaptations Felix Kaputu Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Earth Observations in Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals Viktor Lagutov Central European University
Education for Sustainable Development Amadeus DeKastle American University of Central Asia
Fundamentals of Combating the Illicit Trafficking of Antiquities Stephane Ipert American University of Afghanistan
Governance of Environment and Sustainability Aida Aidarova American University of Central Asia
Kleptocracy Daniel Calingaert Bard College
Literature and Art from the Soviet Union Maryna Batsman American University of Central Asia
Literature and Social Justice Charlotte Fiehn American University of Afghanistan
Politics as Method, Experience, & Practice: Critical-Existential Investigations Asma Abbas Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Politics of Development Azamat Sakiev American University of Afghanistan
Statistics in Action: from Clinical Trial to Social Justice Gabriel Perron Bard College
The Russia Paradox: Political History of the Russian Empire(s) Victor Apryshchenko Bard College
Thinking About Cities: Thinking About Scale Ana Cukovic Al-Quds Bard College

Guidelines for the Statement of Purpose:
Craft a reflective statement of purpose explaining your interest in the Smolny Beyond Borders online course. The file should be saved with your name and course title as the filename and uploaded accordingly. Your statement’s clarity and substance will significantly influence our selection. Convey your motivations and aspirations for this course succinctly but thoroughly. Kindly write your statement in the course’s Language of Instruction.

Application Portal Instructions:
1) Use the Latin alphabet for all entries on the portal, including your name. If the Language of Instruction is Russian, you may use Cyrillic only within the Statement of Purpose file, and the title of the file should still be in English.
2) Refrain from using email addresses associated with Russian or Belarusian educational institutions.
3) While completing the “Required Information” section, ensure you fill in the “Province” field for your address.
4) Provide an address outside Russia or Belarus in both the “Required Information” and “Geographic Location Confirmation” sections of the “Online Course Application”. This ensures we can send your transcript.
5) You must press the “Sign” button twice during the application.
6) If you hold a bachelor’s degree, select “4th+” in the “Academic Year (online)” section.
7) Applicants either unaffiliated or affiliated with educational institutions in Russia and Belarus should list ‘Smolny Beyond Borders’ as their educational institution.
8) In the student ID section, enter ‘SBB’.
9) Consider drafting your motivation letter ahead of time. Save it as a separate file with this format: LastName_FirstName_CourseTitle for a smoother application process.