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UGA Study Abroad in Russia Program

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies offers a 6-weeks summer study abroad program in St. Petersburg (Russia’s cultural capital) and Moscow (Russia’s official capital and a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center). Students have an excellent opportunity to earn 9 credit hours (or 11 credit hours for the beginners) while studying various aspects of the Russian language and culture and experiencing Russian culture firsthand. The academic partners are leading universities in Russia: the Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg and Moscow State University. Students with various language skill levels are welcome to apply: from beginners who have no previous knowledge of the Russian language to advanced students who have taken elementary or intermediate Russian courses. All participants enroll in RUSS2050 Modern Russian Culture (satisfies the UGA General Education Core Curriculum requirements, Area IV). This course is taught in English and introduces students to the latest developments in modern Russian society and culture. Changes in family life, relationship between state and society, religion, new trends in cinema and art are among the topics to be discussed.

The cultural part of this immersion program includes several walking and river excursions in St. Petersburg and Moscow. World- famous attractions such as the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Moscow Kremlin and the Tretyakov Gallery are among the cultural stops of the program. One of the cultural highlights of this study abroad program is a 2-days trip in Vladimir and Suzdal’ – two cities that are part of the Golden Circle of Moscow that is famous for its picturesque sites and numerous Eastern Orthodox architectural masterpieces. For more information, contact Dr. Olga Thomason.


Location Dates Application Deadline Program fee (est. $3700) covers:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Moscow, Russia
May 16 - June 27 2015 February 1, 2015
  • accommodations
  • ground transportation
  • meals
  • instructional materials
  • international health insurance
  • excursion fees
  • visa fees

For more information see our brochure or contact Dr. Olga Thomason.

Click here for the Russian Study Abroad Applications




KICKLIGHTER STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP is offered by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. Eligible to apply are German, Russian, and Germanic & Slavic Languages majors or minors. For more information about the Kicklighter Study Abroad Scholarships visit our website

BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad. More information about Boren scholarships is available here

Information on other funds may be found on the site of the UGA Office of International Education.

Russian students seeking a study abroad language program may also participate in summer or academic year programs run by other universities and organizations and transfer credits earned to UGA. Following is a selected list of programs that our students have participated in or that are often recommended. There are also many other reputable study abroad programs; for a more complete listing, check the AATSEEL web site . For more information, contact Prof. Keith Langston.


Georgia Tech Moscow Summer Program

Georgia Tech offers a 6-week summer study abroad program in Moscow. Residents of Georgia can use the HOPE Scholarship to pay for tuition.


American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is a leader in the administration of US government-funded exchanges in Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and has operated intensive Russian language programs in Moscow and St. Petersburg since 1976. They offer summer, semester, and year-long programs; students have the option of living with host families or in dormitories.


The Council on International Educational Exchange is one of the largest international education organizations in the world, and has been in existence for about 50 years. CIEE operates summer and semester programs at St. Petersburg State University. Students live in dormitories or with host families (subject to a supplemental fee).

Middlebury College

Offers an academic year program in Russia, in addition to its famous summer language school in Vermont.

*The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and the University of Georgia do not have any formal connection with any of these programs in Russia and cannot bear any responsibility for them. Students are advised to look carefully into all aspects of these programs before participating.

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