Locations in Irkutsk (IGU), Yaroslavl (YGPU), or Moscow (RGGU, with options for advanced students to take courses at the Shchukin Theater Institute or HSE). All courses are taught in Russian by host-university instructors. Direct enrollment in regular university courses is offered for advanced language students. Language pledge. Homestays. Cultural program. Eligibility: a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Russian are required.
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.
Locations in Moscow (MIU), St. Petersburg (Herzen Institute), and Vladimir (KORA) and Almaty, Kazakhstan (KazNU). Homestays or university dormitory housing. Cultural program. Eligibility: a minimum of 2 semesters of college-level Russian required.
Located in Moscow at MGIMO, Russia’s leading institution for international studies. Extensive course selection in Russian and English on economics, international relations, business and law. Russian language coursework available. Dormitory housing. Cultural program. No prerequisites.
Located at Irkutsk State University in Siberia, with strengths in both environmental studies and philology. Homestays or university dormitory housing. 4 levels of Russian language available. Cultural program. No prerequisites.
Based in Kiev, Ukraine (NovaMova) with travel to Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Russia. Courses on post-Soviet conflict studies and post-Soviet identities. Russian and Ukrainian language coursework available. Homestays. Cultural program. No prerequisites.