Image of UGA students in Russia in summer 2018
Students on the 2018 UGA Russia Study Abroad Program.

UGA Study Abroad in Russia

Experience it for yourself! From Medieval to Modern, this 6-week summer study abroad program in Russia gives students an experiential learning adventure that is transformative! You'll get an understanding of the European side of Russia with three weeks in St. Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital. And three weeks in Moscow, Russia’s official capital and a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific center offers a look at modern-day Russian life and culture.

Students have an excellent opportunity to earn 9 credit hours (or 11 credit hours for beginners) while studying  Russian language and culture and experiencing Russian culture firsthand. Our academic partners are leading universities in Russia: the Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg and Moscow State University. Students of ALL 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.

 

Students learn to make authentic Russian food on UGA Study Abroad Russia program in 2018.

All participants enroll in RUSS 3550 Contemporary Issues in Russian Society and Culture. This course is taught in English and introduces students to the latest developments in modern Russian society and culture. Changes in family life, the relationship between state and society, religion, new trends in cinema and art are among the topics to be discussed. This course can be applied towards the requirements for the Russian major or minor, or towards Core Area IV (pending approval) for students not majoring or minoring in Russian.

students in Russia on Study Abroad trip in 2018

 

The cultural part of this immersion program includes numerous walking and river excursions in St. Petersburg and Moscow. World- famous attractions such as the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peterhof, the Moscow Kremlin, Gorky Park, the Museum of Cosmonautics, 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-day excursion to Vladimir and Suzdal’ – two cities that are part of the Golden Circle of Moscow, which is famous for its picturesque sites and numerous Eastern Orthodox architectural masterpieces. 

For more information, contact Dr. Olga Thomason.

 

People in traditional Russian costumes

 

UGA Study Abroad in Russia poster

Quick facts for the St. Petersburg-Moscow Study Abroad Program

  • Dates: May 18 - June 29, 2019 (3 weeks in St. Petersburg, 3 weeks in Moscow)
  • Application deadline: January 11, 2019
  • Program fee: $2900 (estimated)

The program fee includes: accommodations, 2 group meals, ground transportation, group excursions, instructional materials and instructional fees at our partner institutions abroad, international health insurance, and Russian visa fees. Additional costs not covered in the program fee are airfare, food, spending money, and UGA tuition and fees (the HOPE scholarship or other financial aid may be applied to these).

Application

To apply, visit the OIE page for the UGA Study Abroad Program in Russia and click on the "Apply Now" button. 

Financial aid

The HOPE scholarship can be applied to tuition and other UGA fees for study abroad. Students who have a Russian major or minor are encouraged to apply for a Kicklighter Study Abroad Travel Grant, offered by the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies. Franklin College and the Office of International Education also offer some financial aid and scholarships. Additionally, the Benjamin Gilman InternationalScholarship programs offers grants to students with limited financial means.

Franklin College International Scholarship Fund   Application deadline:  Feb. 1. 2019

OIE Scholarships and Financial Aid   Application deadline:  Fall deadline:  Oct. 15, 2018

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program  Application deadline for early decision:  Oct. 2, 2018