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Program Overview:

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.

Students will have the opportunity to study the Russian language and learn about Russian culture in the largest city in Europe at one of the premier universities in Russia. Classes will be held at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Students will live in student residence halls and have peer tutors available to help them with their homework. When students are not in class they will be attend cultural excursions of Moscow or explore the city on their own. Students will also have the opportunity to spend a week in Russia's second capital - St. Petersburg as well as a week in Irkutsk (Siberia) learning about different parts of Russia.

The USA in Russia 2019 will have two groups. Group 1 will be for language majors and students only and will be an 8-week program (May 28 - July 26). Group 2 will be an area studies program for all non-language students and will be 4 weeks (June 16 - July 17). 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 at the University of South Alabama.

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 and will be roomed with each other. All residence halls have recently been remodeled and contain laundry, kitchens, and access to Wi-Fi.


Group 1 students will earn a total of 12 credit hours and will register for the following:

Group 1 (majors/minors):
1) LG 374 - Advanced Russian Grammar - 3 hrs
2) LG 490 - Practical Application of Russian Grammar - 3hrs
3) LG 492 - Russian Culture in Context - 3 hrs
4) 1 of the following courses:

LG 390/IS 390 - East Meets West: Russian National Identity - 3 hrs
PSC 390 - Ours and the Others: Post-Soviet Russian Politics - 3hrs
IS 490 - Oil and Oligarchs: The Resurgence of Russia - 3 hrs

**Students who have taken 171/172 or 173 will take LG 273 and LG 375 in place of LG 374 and LG 490. LG 173 is being offered during spring 2019 and will help meet this requirement.


Group 2 students will earn a total of 9 credit hours and will register for the following:

1) IS 490 - Oil and Oligarchs: The Resurgence of Russia - 3 hrs
2) PSC 390 - Ours and the Others: Post-Soviet Russian Politics - 3hrs
3) LG 390/IS 390 - East Meets West: Russian National Identity - 3 hrs


Program Costs:

The cost of the USA in Russia summer 2019 program is:

Group 1: $6,850
Group 2: $5,499


USA Study Abroad Scholarships are available to all USA student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. All qualified USA students will receive some funding from OIE if they apply for the USA Study Abroad Scholarship. The first 15 USA students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship of $500 for the program. THIS IS THE OIE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP THROUGH JAGSPOT.

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.

Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase.

Payment Schedule and Deadlines:

Space is limited. Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 22, 2019. Final payment deadline is April 8, 2019. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the online program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which is fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the application deadline of February 22, 2019.

Financial aid may be applied to these courses. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2019.

Refund Policy: Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.

When you apply, please select:
Summer Term (May 28-July 26) for Group 1
Summer II Term (June 16 - July 17) for Group 2

For additional information contact:
Dr. Nick Gossett
Assistant Professor of Russian
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature
HUMB 320