Off-Campus Study

Whether you are dreaming of ice skating on Red Square in the shadow of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Lenin Mausoleum, strolling through the Winter Palace of the tsars, or perhaps staring in awe at the beauty of an ancient golden-domed church situated in the beautiful Russian countryside, study abroad in Russia promises all these magical experiences and more.

However much you study Russian in the classroom, you will be amazed at how powerful the experience is of actually walking the Russian land, seeing the historical sites, sharing a friendly Russian meal. Study abroad is the perfect way to deepen your cultural understanding and take your language skills to the next level, but it is also so much more: living in Russia, speaking Russian all day every day, and making Russian friends will change your life forever.

Study Abroad during the Academic Year

Russian language students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester studying abroad in Russia or in another Russian-language immersion setting. The following programs are recognized by Bowdoin as official options for semester-long or yearlong study abroad in Russia or the former Soviet Union. Among them, they offer many different options for geographic location, types of coursework, and living arrangements. All of the program options include intensive Russian language study as well as a rich array of extracurricular activities and excursions. Other programs may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

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The following programs are recognized by Bowdoin as official options for semester-long or yearlong study abroad in Russia. Between them, they offer many different options for geographic location, types of coursework, and living arrangements. All the program options include intensive Russian language study as well as a rich array of extracurricular activities and excursions.