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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Suzdal, Russia; Vladimir, Russia
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 01/15/2021 01/22/2021 05/15/2021 06/26/2021
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Partner Institution: Herzen State Pedagogical Univ & Moscow State Univ Type of Admission: By deadline only
Participant Selection: Competitive Type of Instruction: Experiential, Fieldwork/Research, Lecture, Study-Travel
Classes With: International Students, U.S. Students, UGA Students Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: Franklin Academic Area: Russian
Language Program: Yes Language of Instruction: English, Russian
Minimum number of credit hours: 9 Maximum number of credit hours: 11
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For information about 2021, please contact the program director.

UGA- Franklin- Study Abroad in Russia

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The academic partners are leading universities in Russia: the Herzen State Pedagogi
cal University in St. Petersburg and Moscow State University. Students with various language skill levels are welcome to apply: from beginners who have no previous knowledge of the Russian language to advanced students who have taken elementary or intermediate Russian.

Program Location

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Students will stay for the first three weeks in St. Petersburg - one of the most intriguing and historically significant cities in Europe which has been called “the Russian window to the West”, “the Venice of the North” or “the Paris of the Ea

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The remaining three weeks participants will spend in Moscow – a city which is not only a political and economic center of Russia, but also an impressive multicultural mega polis that accommodates people of more than 170 nationalities, but nevertheless retains its connections to Slavic roots.

Program Director
Dr. Olga Thomason, Program Director
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies

Tel: 706.542.7826Fax: 706.583.0349

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Academic Program
Students will earn 9 credit hours (11 credit hours for the beginners) by enrollment in:

I. RUSS3550 Contemporary Issues in Russian Society and Culture (3 hours). This course satisfies the UGA General Education Core Curriculum requirements, Area IV. An introduction to significant issues in modern Russian society and culture including popular culture and every-day life. Students will read a variety of texts, including scholarly works, newspaper articles, fiction and historical accounts. The class is conducted in English and requires no prior knowledge of Russian language or culture.


 II. One of the following 4 tracks (depending on need):

1)   RUSS1001/RUSS1002 Elementary Russian (4 hours each). Fundamentals of Russian grammar, conversation, pronunciation, and reading. Emphasis on oral proficiency and comprehension.

2)   RUSS2001/RUSS2002 Intermediate Russian (3 hours each). Review of basic grammar and study of more advanced grammatical topics. Oral proficiency, comprehension, and vocabulary building will be emphasized. The course will include reading and discussion of various Russian texts.

3)   RUSS3001/RUSS3002 Russian Conversation and Composition (3 hours each)These courses are designed to 

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promote the students' ability to express themselves accurately in spoken and written Russian and to increase their comprehension of normal Russian speech.

4)   RUSS4001 Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition/RUSS4510 Special Topics (3 hours each). These advanced language courses combine instruction in grammar, composition and stylistics with intensive practice in spoken Russian. The courses are designed to increase students' proficiency in all language skills and to build vocabulary. 

Program Itinerary
Program itinerary varies each year. 

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  • The Hermitage
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Peterhof Palace
  • The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • River excursions in St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • Russian food tasting
  • Subway tour in St. Petersburg
  • The Red Square and the Alexander gardens
  • The Moscow Kremlin and Kremlin Armory
  • The Tretyakov Gallery
  • The Gorky Park, the Museon sculpture park (fallen monument park)
  • VDNKh, the Museum of Cosmonautics
  • 2-days trip to Vladimir and Suzdal’ (part of the Golden Ring of Russia)

Housing                                                                                             Kremlin 2018                     

Housing: Herzen State University and Moscow State University dorms. 





Cooking class 2018

Program Costs
Program Fee (est. $2900) includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Ground transportation and transportation to cultural venues
  • International health insurance
  • Excursion fees
  • Russian visa fees                                                                                                                                                                  

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2019 Participant
Great program. Was great being able to experience full immersion.

Sarah Kathryn Lasseigne, Summer 2017 Participant
I felt more safe than I ever thought I would in russia. The key is just being aware and smart and you'll be fine.

Kathryn Grace Rogers, Summer 2018 Participant
This study abroad in Russia blew my expectations out of the water! Not only was it run by a director who cares so much about her students, but the teachers themselves left a huge impact on me and my language skills, and I've never been more confident in my Russian speaking ability.

I come from a Russian-American family, but have never been able to speak the language. I decided to embark on Study Abroad in Russia in order to be able to better communicate with my relatives who are still living in Russia today. Before going to Russia, I could not hold a conversation in Russian and I struggled to form sentences that were grammatically correct. During the trip, I was consistently utilizing my Russian wether it be in class or in public places and I was able to become comfortable speaking conversational Russian. After the trip, I have been able to talk with Russian locals I met on the program as well as relatives solely in Russian. This is a goal I have desired to achieve for years - and I was able to finally achieve it during the six weeks I spent on Study Abroad in Russia.
     — Alexander Buie, Summer 2019
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