One of the most balanced and comprehensive programmes offered by a European university covering the countries and populations of Asia. Students undertake at least one Asian language (Arabic, Chinese, Korean or Japanese) and can choose a programme trajectory: either the historical-cultural development of Asian countries, or their economic-social development. A lot of time is devoted to developing the students’ practical skills, working with numerous institutions in Asian countries, as well as to examining business models and social-political processes. A range of units are offered in English, many of them by native speakers. Graduates can continue with a Master’s programme, administered in collaboration with European and Asian universities, or can find work in the academic, analytical or practical spheres in areas connected to Asian countries and Russian politics in this region.