Russian Study Abroad
Venedikt Erofeev, Moscow to the End of the Line
REALC faculty advisor for Russian study abroad is:
Dr. Elena Glazov-Corrigan, Associate Professor, Russian
For detailed information about study abroad at Emory, please contact Emory College Study Abroad.
Known as the Pearl of Siberia, Irkutsk is a cultural center with spectacular natural attributes whose winters are among the sunniest of any major city in Russia. The life and history of the city are closely tied to Lake Baikal, the world's deepest fresh-water lake. Students can learn about the lake's ecology while simultaneously benefiting from the region's recreational opportunities. The city of 600,000 is host to multiple universities and is full of students who are active in all walks of Russian cultural life. Irkutsk boasts several theaters and museums, and the plentiful social and cultural outlets should assuage any fears about Siberian isolation.
Students take courses at the Middlebury center in Russian language, literature, culture, politics, and history, with particular focus on regional Siberian studies, while Irkutsk State University, Middlebury's host institution, offers mainstream courses in biology, geography, and geology that focus on Lake Baikal, in addition to a full range of liberal arts disciplines. Click here for more information.
Moscow is the center of Russian cultural and political life. Whether spotting Lenin's ghost in Red Square, exploring neighborhood boutiques, or sampling authentic Georgian cuisine, Moscow offers all the excitement of a cosmopolitan city. Students should know, however, that studying in Moscow, with its nine million residents, impersonal attitude, and huge crowds in the metro, is not the typical Russian experience they might be expecting. As the ease of transitioning into such a large city can be overestimated, Moscow is best suited for students with strong language skills and prior experience in Russia.
Students primarily take their courses at the Middlebury center in Russian language, literature, and culture, with content seminars, "spetskursy", focusing on economics, politics, history, and regional studies. Middlebury's host institution, the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), offers a full range of courses in the humanities and social sciences. Click here for more information.
Celebrating its millennium anniversary in 2010, Yaroslavl has an unmistakable feeling of tradition and history, and its Kremlin walls give this city of 650,000 residents the feel of a small town. Onion-domed churches are at the end of seemingly every street, and its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Russia's first professional theater company was founded here, and its school of icon and fresco painting competed with the Novgorod and Pskov schools. Yaroslavl's vibrant social life gives it a youthful, energetic feel that blends well with its traditional customs.
Founded in 1908, Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University (YGPU) is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Russia. In addition to twelve regular departments, the university maintains an institute of teacher training, a center for Russian language testing of foreign students, an astronomy society, university museum and botanical gardens.
The School in Russia program at YGPU is coordinated through the Department of International Relations. Instructors at the School in Russia program come from the Linguistics Department of the Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University, as well from other institutions of higher education in the city. Click here for more information.
The Russian Summer Program is not available every year. Please contact Elena Glazov-Corrigan to confirm the date of the next summer abroad trip.
Students will be able to study Russian Language intensively for seven weeks at the Center of Russian Language at St.Petersburg University of Transportation and Communication. The Center is located at Petrogradsky region, one of the city's most comfortable and picturesque quarters, a few blocks away from the famous Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul. Outside of classes, students partake in the rich life of St. Petersburg, where theaters offer broad, exciting, and inexpensive repertoire. Students also participate in excursions to familiarize themselves with Russian language and culture. A five-day trip to Moscow is scheduled as part of the program. Residence hall accommodations are provided. Click HERE to watch a video from the 2009 excursion.