Liberal Arts
and Sciences
Montenegro
Liberal Arts
and Sciences
Montenegro
Our Mission
This is the first Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
in the Balkans. The core of a new type of university in the Balkans. We aim at overcoming interdisciplinary boundaries. Our Faculty provides education in humanities combining academic tradition and freedom of choice, diversity of opinion, and collaboration of students and professors.
Our Mission
This is the first Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
in the Balkans. The core of a new type of university in the Balkans. We aim at overcoming interdisciplinary boundaries. Our Faculty provides education in humanities combining academic tradition and freedom of choice, diversity of opinion, and collaboration of students and professors.

Our Mission
This is the first Faculty of Liberal
Arts and Sciences in the Balkans.
The core of a new type of university
in the Balkans. We aim at overcoming interdisciplinary boundaries.
Our Faculty provides education
in humanities combining academic tradition and freedom of choice, diversity of opinion, and collaboration of students and professors.

This is the first Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
in the Balkans. The core of a new type of university
in the Balkans. We aim at overcoming interdisciplinary boundaries. Our Faculty provides education
in humanities combining academic tradition
and freedom of choice, diversity of opinion,
and collaboration of students and professors.
Who We Are
  • Marina Kalashnikova
    Dean of FLAS. Ph.D. in philology, founder
    of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES, or Shaninka), dean (till 2022)
    “I have been working with liberal arts
    and sciences programs since 2006.
    So I also helped to open such a faculty
    at MSSES (Shaninka). This gave me hope that we were doing a wonderful and useful thing, but, unfortunately, these programs have been going through difficult times recently. We consider choice very important in education.
    So we would like to show students
    in Montenegro different learning
    formats and let them be co-authors
    of the curriculum. We expect all students
    who are ready to share responsibility
    for their studies with us, want to study
    in an international environment, and can set educational goals for themselves. And we will support them all the way.
    We have a lot of experience and the best teaching staff for this."
  • Andrei Fetisov
    Co-founder and head of FLAS in Montenegro. Head of the School of Media Communications
    at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Russian Presidential Academy (ISS RANEPA), 2012-2022
    “The opening of Liberal Arts programs
    in Russia in recent years and their popularity show that modern students need this model. I hope that there will
    be no less interest in the Liberal Arts program in the Balkans. And I am sure that our team, together with the students, will create the future without imposing it on anyone. FLAS will help all our graduates to find and determine their personal paths and form an image of the future of their generation, regardless
    of which countries they will have to live and work in.”
  • Vladimir Shmelev
    Co-founder of FLAS. Head of the Adriatic School network, founder of the Edumonte educational company, co-founder of the Pristanište Refugee Charity Foundation
    “Montenegro is a country that conceals huge and often underestimated opportunities. I am sincerely glad
    to contribute to the development
    of education here. I hope that our faculty will become a place that unites the best teachers and interested students,
    a place where academic knowledge
    is filled with the spirit of freedom.
    I share the idea of the Liberal Arts model, in which students first obtain a broad education, and then determine their individual trajectories based on their interests. Looking back, I regret that during my studies at the university,
    I did not have the opportunity to study
    at such a faculty.”
  • Ljubomir Filipović
    Montenegrin political scientist,
    co-founder of FLAS
    "Liberal education is an important element of any country's development. I believe that the emergence of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences is a great opportunity for Montenegro to become
    a new center of free education on the map of Europe. There is now a highly professional team of teachers and administrators in our country. They have many years of experience in the liberal arts system and are ready to share it. This collaboration can become an important contribution to both the educational and social fields."
  • Marina Bragina
    Philologist, coordinator of FLAS
    “Once in this project and its team, I often think how great it would have been to enroll in Liberal Arts back in the day! Students don't have to struggle to freely choose their track and make choices, and the teaching staff is always there to help them find their educational path.
    I believe that together we will allow students from different countries to study in the Liberal Arts model in Montenegro.”
  • Alexander Zaritsky
    Sociologist, FLAS teacher
    "One's relationship with the outside world rests on two directly opposite pillars: curiosity and fear. The new, the unknown, and the other can fascinate and capture us, but at the same time they puzzle, alarm, and disgust us. No development, including personal and professional,
    is possible unless this fear is overcome.
    A university built on the principle of liberal arts is an ideal environment for getting
    rid of fear. You freely choose from a wide range of courses that are not limited
    to one profession or scientific discipline, while simultaneously mastering very diverse skills and ideas.”
  • Natalia Krasovskaya
    The author is the developer of the tutor support system for liberal arts programs at Russian universities (MSSES, RANEPA), head of the tutor support department of FLAS
    "I worked for 14 years in the team that created the faculty and the RANEPA Liberal Arts program from scratch and was a deputy dean and senior lecturer at the MSSES (Shaninka) and RANEPA.
    I developed and implemented a system of tutor support for bachelors, which we will improve for the new faculty in Montenegro. Every student needs the opportunity to choose their educational path, and at the right moment, there must be a professional tutor who can help in making important decisions. At FLAS, each student will have such an option."
  • Ksenia Luchenko
    Journalist, Ph.D. in philology, former Dean
    of the Faculty of Media Communications
    of the MSSES ("Shaninka") and Head of the Department of Theory and Practice of Media Communications at RANEPA, member of the FLAS working group
    "Montenegro and the Balkans,
    in general, seem to be an ideal place
    for the development of liberal education. There is romance here, and a sense of openness to the whole world, like
    you can reach any place.
    The Balkans can become a launching pad for many students from Eastern Europe and other countries. Life is in full swing here, and many new projects are emerging in various fields. It is the bachelor's model of Liberal Arts and Sciences that perfectly corresponds
    to the place, time, and tasks which young people set themselves in tough times. We have assembled a team of super professionals passionate about their scientific research and extensive experience in teaching, creating their schools, and working with students."
  • Diliara Ibragimova
    Sociologist, Ph.D. in history. For 15 years was the Head of Master's program "Applied Methods of Social Analysis of Markets" and of the Department of Economic Sociology at the HSE University.
    "I'm pleased to be part of the FLAS team, engaged in the challenging endeavor of founding a university. This institution, centered on freedom and creativity, reflects current trends in education. In the modern world, education transcends the mere transfer of knowledge; it's a dynamic dialogue shaping worldview and critical thinking, fostering individuality. The Liberal Arts model, embracing the right to make mistakes, offers diverse opportunities for forging one's path.
    Initially drawn to history, I once found myself lacking a solid foundation and encountered unexpected challenges. Fortuitously, Academician I. Kovalchenko introduced me to cliometrics, a method bridging history and mathematics. My interest led to defending my thesis and a seamless transition to sociology.
    I wholeheartedly believe in our project, uniting like-minded individuals. We eagerly anticipate collaborating with students to collectively shape the future."
What We Do

With the outbreak of the war in 2022, entire teaching teams,
groups of researchers, and university administrators left Russia.
So this is how our team came together. We want to preserve the best
in the experience of education and the organization of university life,
to allow the teaching staff to develop and create new scientific
and research schools and educational traditions in the free world.

Liberal Arts
Foundation Programs
In September 2024, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences will open in Budva. This is a three-year bachelor's degree, at the end of which graduates will receive international diplomas. The teaching will be held in English. We offer the following majors: Art History, Cross-Cultural Linguistics, Digital Humanities, Media Studies and Journalism, New Political Science, Social Theory and Sociological Research.
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences (baccalaureate)
In the fall of 2022 and spring and autumn of 2023, we conducted 10-week preparatory courses based on the Liberal Arts model. Our goal was to get students acquainted with the Liberal Arts system, create the necessary base for admission to the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences in September 2024, and dive into the history and lifestyle of the modern Balkans, including education in Montenegro.
What We Do
With the outbreak of the war in 2022, entire teaching teams,
groups of researchers, and university administrators left Russia.
So this is how our team came together. We want to preserve the best
in the experience of education and the organization of university life,
to allow the teaching staff to develop and create new scientific
and research schools and educational traditions in the free world.
In the fall of 2022, and spring and autumn of 2023, we conducted 10-week preparatory courses based on the Liberal Arts model. Our goal was to get students acquainted with the Liberal Arts system, create the necessary base for admission to the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences in September 2024, and dive into the history and lifestyle of the modern Balkans, including education in Montenegro.
In September 2024, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences will open in Budva. This is a three-year bachelor's degree, at the end of which graduates will receive international diplomas. The teaching will be held in English. We offer the following majors: Art History, Cross-Cultural Linguistics, Digital Humanities, Media Studies and Journalism, New Political Science, Social Theory and Sociological Research.
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences (baccalaureate)
Liberal Arts
Foundation Programs
In the fall of 2022 and spring of 2023,
we conducted 10-week preparatory courses
on the Liberal Arts system. Our goal was to get students acquainted with the model Liberal Arts, create the necessary base for admission to the faculty Liberal Arts and Sciences in September 2023, as well as dive into the history and lifestyle of the modern Balkans, including education
in Montenegro.
In September 2023, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences will open in Budva. This is a three-year bachelor's degree, at the end of which graduates will receive international diplomas. The teaching will be held in English, Russian, and Montenegrin, depending on the chosen program. We offer the following majors: Art History, Cross-Cultural Linguistics, Digital Humanities, Media Studies and Journalism, New Political Science, Social Theory and Sociological Research.
What We Do
With the outbreak of the war in 2022, entire teaching teams, groups
of researchers, and university administrators left Russia. So this
is how our team came together.
We want to preserve the best in the experience of education and the organization of university life,
to allow the teaching staff to develop and create new scientific and
research schools and educational traditions in the free world.
In the fall of 2022, and spring and autumn of 2023, we conducted 10-week preparatory courses based on the Liberal Arts model. Our goal was to get students acquainted with the Liberal Arts system, create the necessary base for admission to the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences in September 2024, and dive into the history and lifestyle of the modern Balkans, including education in Montenegro.
Liberal Arts
Foundation Programs
In September 2024, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences will open in Budva. This is a three-year bachelor's degree, at the end of which graduates will receive international diplomas. The teaching will be held in English. We offer the following majors: Art History, Cross-Cultural Linguistics, Digital Humanities, Media Studies and Journalism, New Political Science, Social Theory and Sociological Research.
Faculty of Liberal Arts
& Sciences (baccalaureate)
With the outbreak of the war in 2022, entire teaching teams, groups of researchers, and university administrators left Russia. So this
is how our team came together. We want to preserve the best in the experience of education and the organization of university life, to allow
the teaching staff to develop and create new scientific and research schools and educational traditions in the free world.
In the fall of 2022 and spring of 2023,
we conducted 10-week preparatory courses
on the Liberal Arts system. Our goal was to get students acquainted with the model Liberal Arts, create the necessary base for admission to the faculty Liberal Arts and Sciences
in September 2023, as well as dive into the history and lifestyle of the modern Balkans, including education in Montenegro.
In September 2023, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences will open in Budva. This is a three-year bachelor's degree, at the end of which graduates will receive international diplomas. The teaching will be held in English, Russian, and Montenegrin, depending on the chosen program. We offer the following majors: Art History, Cross-Cultural Linguistics, Digital Humanities, Media Studies and Journalism, New Political Science, Social Theory and Sociological Research.
Reviews
  • Hello! Today I would like to share my opinion about an educational program, one of the first students of which I happened to be.
    The Foundation Liberal Arts Montenegro program is a three-
    month course that gives an idea of what the Liberal Arts & Sciences model is.

    The choice of subjects and activities on the course is quite diverse and, it seems to me, everyone, regardless of their area of interest, will be able to make a suitable set for themselves. It is also worth mentioning the bright and serious teaching staff. My impression after completing the program is extremely positive. Despite the organizational difficulties at the first stage of the course launch, thanks to the diligent work of teachers and coordinators, I did not notice any damage to the educational process.

    Among other things, I am very inspired by the idea of FLAS as a kind of "island" of liberal education in the Balkans using the Russian language. If you share the values of free education and are ready to try the Liberal Arts model, I recommend you to enroll in this program. It is quite extraordinary for the post-Soviet space. At the same time, you can enjoy all the advantages of living on the picturesque and climatically ideal Adriatic coast!


    Ivan Demidov
    a student of the Liberal Arts Foundation program. Fall 2022.
  • Hello! My name is Milana, and I was lucky enough to become one
    of the first students in the Liberal Arts & Sciences Foundation program in Montenegro. I took a couple of courses that were included in the Foundation program of the future Faculty: Montenegrin language and Modern Balkans.

    I was very satisfied with both of them, as well as with the training on the program as a whole. They were led by wonderful, responsive teachers, whose classes were always interesting. Most of all,
    I appreciated the flexibility of the system and the opportunity
    to build a more individual learning trajectory taking into account the students' interests. I also liked that the format of the classes was close to seminars. Special thanks to the program coordinators who helped students to settle in Montenegro during their first weeks there and met their needs in solving problems that arose!

    Milana Shesterikova
    a student of the Liberal Arts Foundation program. Fall 2022.
Reviews
  • Hello! Today I would like to share my opinion about an educational program, one of the first students of which I happened to be. The Foundation Liberal Arts Montenegro program is a three-month course that gives an idea of what the Liberal Arts & Sciences model is.

    The choice of subjects and activities on the course is quite diverse and, it seems to me, everyone, regardless of their area of interest, will be able to make a suitable set for themselves. It is also worth mentioning the bright and serious teaching staff. My impression after completing the program is extremely positive. Despite the organizational difficulties at the first stage of the course launch, thanks to the diligent work of teachers and coordinators, I did not notice any damage to the educational process.

    Among other things, I am very inspired by the idea of FLAS as a kind of "island" of liberal education in the Balkans using the Russian language. If you share the values of free education and are ready to try the Liberal Arts model, I recommend you to enroll in this program. It is quite extraordinary for the post-Soviet space. At the same time, you can enjoy all the advantages of living on the picturesque and climatically ideal Adriatic coast!


    Ivan Demidov
    a student of the Liberal Arts Foundation program. Fall 2022.
  • Hello! My name is Milana, and I was lucky enough to become one of the first students in the Liberal Arts & Sciences Foundation program in Montenegro. I took a couple of courses that were included in the Foundation program of the future Faculty: Montenegrin language and Modern Balkans.

    I was very satisfied with both of them, as well as with the training on the program as a whole. They were led by wonderful, responsive teachers, whose classes were always interesting. Most of all, I appreciated the flexibility of the system and the opportunity to build a more individual learning trajectory taking into account the students' interests. I also liked that the format of the classes was close to seminars. Special thanks to the program coordinators who helped students to settle in Montenegro during their first weeks there and met their needs in solving problems that arose!

    Milana Shesterikova
    a student of the Liberal Arts Foundation program. Fall 2022.
What We Plan
We inherit the founders of liberal education of the European type. First of all, Theodor Shanin who urged us to never
give up and do only what we really want to do in life.
So we want to:

  • create an ideal university taking into account our past successes and mistakes.

  • give students the opportunity to receive a quality education that they choose for themselves

  • organize in Montenegro a platform for researchers and scientists from all over the world where they could meet, exchange experiences, and create the future together.


What We Plan
We inherit the founders of liberal education of the European type. First of all, Theodor Shanin who urged us to never give up and do only what we really want to do in life. So we want to:

  • create an ideal university taking into account our past successes and mistakes

  • give students the opportunity to receive a quality education that they choose for themselves

  • organize in Montenegro a platform for researchers and scientists from all over the world where they could meet, exchange experiences, and create the future together
What We Plan
We inherit the founders of liberal education of the European type.
First of all, Theodor Shanin who
urged us to never give up and do
only what we really want to do in life.
So we want to:

  • create an ideal university taking into account our past successes and mistakes.

  • give students the opportunity to receive a quality education that they choose for themselves

  • organize in Montenegro a platform for researchers and scientists from all over the world where they could meet, exchange experiences, and create the future together.


Мы наследуем основателям свободного образования европейского типа, прежде
всего — Теодору Шанину, который призывал никогда не сдаваться и делать в жизни только то, что действительно хочешь. Мы же хотим:

  • создать идеальный университет с учетом наших прошлых успехов и ошибок.

  • дать студентам возможность получать качественное образование, которое они сами для себя выбирают.

  • организовать для исследователей и учёных из разных стран площадку для общения, обмена опытом и встреч, создающих будущее.
Who Supports Us
Political scientist. Chairman of the FLAS Board of Trustees.
Ljubomir Filipović
Head of the Adriatic network of schools.
Vladimir Shmelev
Nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center in Berlin, associate professor at the KAZGUU University in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Ekaterina Shulmann
Head of the Compass College in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Andrew Wachtel
Professor, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.
Andrei Zorin
Who Supports Us
Political scientist. Chairman of the FLAS Board of Trustees.
Ljubomir Filipović
Head of the Adriatic network of schools.
Vladimir Shmelev
Nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center in Berlin, associate professor at the KAZGUU University in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Ekaterina Shulmann
Head of the Compass College in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Andrew Wachtel
Professor, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.
Andrei Zorin
Who Supports Us
Political scientist. Chairman of the FLAS Board of Trustees.
Ljubomir Filipović
Head of the Compass College in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Andrew Wachtel
Head of the Adriatic network of schools.
Vladimir Shmelev
Professor, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.
Andrei Zorin
Political scientist. Member
of the expert pool of the
Hybrid CoE.
Nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center in Berlin, associate professor at the KAZGUU University in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Ekaterina Shulmann
PhD in Political Sciences, member
of the Editorial Board of the UNESCO Courier magazine.
State Accreditation
The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (FLAS) has been granted state accreditation in Montenegro, as per the decision of the Montenegro Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance. According to FLAS Dean Marina Kalashnikova, state accreditation is a prerequisite for students to receive a comprehensive education, an official document — a bachelor’s diploma — and pursue further studies or employment in Montenegro, Europe, or any other global destination.

Montenegro, a participant in the Bologna Process, ensures that the credit units and diplomas earned by FLAS students align with international standards. Graduates are poised to either work or continue their education in Europe and beyond.

Notably, FLAS is the first independent higher education institution established by Russian educators in exile to secure state accreditation in the host country. It also marks the inception of the first Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty in the Western Balkans region.

FLAS comprises six majors: Digital Humanities, Social Theory and Sociological Research, Media Studies and Journalism, Art History, Cross-Cultural Linguistics, and New Political Science. Leading these educational programs will be Dina Gagarina, Victor Vakshtain, Nadezhda Chamina, Ksenia Luchenko, Vasily Zharkov, and Elena Shmeleva, among others.

Dean Marina Kalashnikova, a philologist and a pioneer of liberal education in Russia, has played a pivotal role. She developed the federal state standard for the field of “Arts and Humanities” of the 3rd generation. For 12 years, she worked initially at the Smolny Institute of St. Petersburg State University (since 2011—Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences) and later, from 2020 to 2022, headed the Liberal Arts faculty at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and inaugurated the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at MSSES (Shaninka).

The co-founders of FLAS include Montenegrin political scientist Lyubomir Filipovich, founder of the educational company Edumonte Vladimir Shmelev, and Andrey Fetisov (until 2022—Director of the School of Media Communications at the Institute of Social Sciences, RANEPA).

In March 2022, the Moscow Prosecutor’s Office decided that education based on the Liberal Arts model was “aimed at undermining traditional values” and contradicts the “national security strategy of the Russian Federation.” All three Liberal Arts faculties operating in Russia underwent censorship and were transformed into a “broad bachelor’s degree” (an educational model nonexistent anywhere in the world). Subsequently, Russia announced its withdrawal from the Bologna Process. In the year following the onset of the conflict with Ukraine, hundreds of educators, researchers, and education administrators left Russia, with some continuing their work at FLAS in Montenegro.

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Decision on registration 31-01-02041-9 from 30.11.2022
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