Russian Study Abroad

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The Russian language program has a long history at the University of South Alabama and has entered a new era with the addition of more history (History of the USSR, History of Eastern Europe, History of Russia, Stalin's Russia, and History of Orthodox Christianity) and content-based culture courses (Putin's Russia and Introduction to Russia) offered abroad for USA credit by USA faculty. With the geopolitical situation as it is in Eastern Europe and Russia's ever-growing role in world affairs, specialists in the area of Russia and the former Soviet Union are needed now more than ever. In collaboration with the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and the School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS), the Russian language program at USA has developed a faculty-led program to Russia. HSE is one of the premier universities in the Russian Federation and SRAS has been assisting faculty and students with travel to Russia since 1990.

The faculty-led program will consist of two groups. Group 1 will consist of students with two years or more of Russian language study and Group 2 will consist of students with less than two years of Russian language study. The program will be open to any USA student as well as any non-USA students who can satisfy the requirements of being a transient student.

Group 1 students will spend sixteen hours per week in Russian language courses for a period of nine weeks and will earn twelve credit hours. Group 2 students will spend sixteen hours per week in Russian language courses for a period of six weeks and earn nine credit hours. Both groups will also spend a period of four hours in Russian culture courses that will take the students out of the classroom and have them explore the city of Moscow and the history and culture of the Russian people. Both Group 1 and Group 2 will also spend a period of 5 days in Russia's other capital, St. Petersburg. While in St. Petersburg, the students will be led on excursions by a world-class tour guide to some of the most famous buildings in the world (the Hermitage, Peterhof, etc.).

Classes will be held at the HSE Department of Philology in Moscow (Staraya Basmannaya ulitsa, 21/4, Moskva, Russia) accessible by metro, city bus, and tram. USA faculty, Dr. Nicholas Gossett, will direct the Russia program and will teach courses on Global Issues and Russian culture at HSE for USA students. He will oversee, assess and grade all students in their Russian language classes.

Accommodations and Meals:

While studying in Moscow, Group 1 students will stay in student residence halls with Russian students as their roommates. Group 2 students, with a lower level of Russian, will stay in special residence halls for foreign students.

Courses:

Group 1 students will earn a total of 12 credit hours and will chose from the following:
LG 376 - Advanced Russian Composition (3 credit hours) N. Gossett
LG 381 - Russian Prose in Context (3 credit hours) N. Gossett
or
LG 380 - Russian Poetry (3 credit hours) N. Gossett
LG 490 - Practical Application of Russian Grammar (3 credit hours)
N. Gossett
required
LG 492 - Russian Culture in Context (3 credit hours) N. Gossett
(all students in Group 1 will take this course)

Group 2 students will earn a total of 9 credit hours and will chose from the following:
LG 173 - Accelerated Intro Russian (6 credit hours) N. Gossett
or
LG 271 - Intermediate Russian I (3 credit hours) N. Gossett
and
LG 272 - Intermediate Russian II (3 credit hours) N. Gosett
required
IS 100 - Global Issues (3 credit hours) N. Gossett
(all students in Group 2 will take this course)

Group 1 students must have at least 2 years of Russian study. Group 2 courses do not have prerequisites and are open to all qualified students. Students not currently enrolled at USA must complete application to the University of South Alabama prior to enrolling in this program.

Program Costs:

The cost of the USA in Russia summer 2015 program is:

Group 1: $5,950
Group 2: $5,250

USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. All qualified students will receive some funding from OIE if they apply for the USA Study Abroad scholarship.

Program cost DOES NOT include international airfare. However, the Office of International Education will reserve and facilitate flights on behalf of all students who would like assistance. Program costs does include all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers for those who arrive on the assigned day and time, accommodations as described above, specified museum entrance fees, and international health insurance and emergency assistance. Tuition for credit hours is also included and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip.

All meals are at the participant's own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel based upon individual spending habits.