Program Details

Immerse yourself in the Russian language and explore the diversity of Russophone culture in Moscow and beyond – from St. Petersburg to Siberia.
Moscow, Russia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Improve your Russian language skills by studying and living at Lomonosov Moscow State University while also exploring Russia’s emergence as a world power and the development of and current debate over Russian national identity through readings, coursework, and travel.

Beginning in the spring of 2019, undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the United States are invited to apply to Language and Culture in Global Russia, Carleton College’s program in Russia that has, since 1988, introduced students to the language, culture and history of this dynamically changing country. Over the course of the program, students immerse themselves in a country striving to redefine and reestablish itself culturally and economically.

The program curriculum is balanced equally between cultural studies and Russian language (offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels). Cultural studies courses are led by program director Professor Diane Nemec-Ignashev, who holds appointments at both Carleton College and Lomonosov Moscow State University and has led 20 study abroad programs to Russia since 1988. Language courses are taught by Russian as a Foreign Language staff of the Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University entirely in Russian.

Two calendar options are offered to accommodate students from both semester and trimester schools. The program begins in March and ends in early June. Students must have completed at least two semesters of Russian language (or equivalent) prior to the program start date.

Setting Description:
The program is based in Moscow, where students study in the Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University and live in the dormitory in the university’s historic Stalin-period main building, also spending approximately two weeks in a homestay. On excursions, participants pair up with Russian students to explore corners of the city often unknown even to Muscovites. Through a variety of field trips beyond Moscow, students explore firsthand the influences that contributed to Russia’s emergence as a world power. Program field trips include Vladimir, Suzdal, Murom, St. Petersburg, and a 10-day venture to the Lake Baikal region, on the border with Mongolia.

Additional Program Information

Sophomores, Juniors, and seniors in good standing at their home institutions and who will have completed at least two semesters of Russian language by the program start date are invited to participate.
Scholarships Description:
Global Engagement Scholarships are need-based, ranging from $1000 to $2000. A completed program application is required to apply for a Global Engagement Scholarship.

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