Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

Global Middle Ages?



Course Schedule:

June 11, 2024 – July 3, 2024 | Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday 10:10 AM - 12:40 PM EDT

Term: June 11, 2024 – July 3, 2024
Schedule: Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday 10:10 AM – 12:40 PM EDT
Language of Instruction:
Subject: HIS (History) 200
Max Enrollment: 22
Credits: 3 US / 6 ECTS

This course surveys world medieval history between two climate catastrophes – the climatic dark age between 500 and 900 CE of the fourth and fifth centuries, and the Little Ice Age of the seventeenth century. The course has purposefully highlighted cutting-edge world history research on a wide range of topics that appeal highly to students, such as gender, race, migration, the environment, trade, and technological changes.

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.

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