Study Abroad in Moscow, Russia
Prof. Aleksandra Fleszar, Moscow Program Director
Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824-3596
Lisa Mulvey, COLA Study Abroad Coordinator
COLA Center for Study Abroad
116 Murkland Hall
Studying in the current and former capitals of Russia will give you a profound image of the country, its language and culture. Exploring these biggest cities in Europe will give you an overview of recent and ancient history and provide you with an opportunity for an intensive dose of authentic Russian culture. Founded in 1147, Moscow has been a witness to all the major developments in Russia, and has been at the core of Russian national identity. Walk through Red Square, which saw the edicts of Ivan the Terrible, the burning of Moscow by Napoleon, the communist revolution, all the way to Paul McCartney playing a triumphant "Back In the USSR" to Vladimir Putin and thousands of screaming Russian fans. Stroll through St. Petersburg, the "cradle of the Russian Revolution", the country's window to the West, with its architecture magnificent and enchanting, its history rich in political events and in the arts. Visit the largest in the world collection of Impressionist art in the world renown Hermitage Museum housed in the tsar's Winter Palace, stand in the places that tsars stood, where Lenin planned the Revolution and where Peter the Great carved a city out of an inhospitable northern swampland.
Today's Russia is a fascinating blend of a thousand-year history with the reinvention of Russia as a modern semi-capitalist nation. Located at the border zone of Europe and Asia, Moscow and St. Petersburg are also an almost inexplicable blend of East and West. To quote Winston Churchill, "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"--be a participant in solving this riddle!
Offered in summer: May 19 through June 9, 2013
Application and Deadlines
The application deadline for summer 2013 is March 8, 2013.
1. Complete the COLA Center for Study Abroad application checklist.
In addition to the requirements listed in the checklist, a complete Moscow Program Application will include the following:
2. The completed Moscow Program Supplement Form*
3. Two recommendations:
-One academic reference from a professor who has had the student in a class
-One personal reference (friends/relatives excluded) from someone the student knows outside of an academic setting (i.e. job supervisor)
*Please note: MAC users may have technical difficulties with the fillable PDF forms on this page. Be sure to view the PDFs in Adobe Acrobat rather than in Mac Preview. It may be advisable to complete the forms using a PC.
Once you are admitted to the program, you will need to confirm your participating by submitting a non-refundable $500 deposit before April 1, 2013.
Russian 525M is as a January Term Study Abroad in Moscow in the Russian Federation and online. Prior to departure, students will work on Blackboard with readings and films. In St. Petersburg and in Moscow, there will be field trip classes and special lectures, as well as 15 hours of "survival Russian" language classes. Upon return, students will complete their work on Blackboard and on a project. As is the case with RUSS 525, RUSS 525M satisfies the Category 4 General Education and the Historical Perspectives Discovery category requirement.
Due to the fact that this is January in Russia and the sun rises only mid morning, we will follow the local “custom” and in effect flip the day around. Students will have more free time in the morning, excursion/field trips after lunch, before, and after dinner.
In line with UNH’s goals to educate students to become global citizens, this immersion program will provide insight into what it means to experience a different culture and language.
RUSS 525M - Russia: Mythology and Propaganda in Moscow
Exploration of the relationship between mythology and culture as a part of the cultural identity of the Russian people, before the 1917 Revolution, during the Communist period, and since the fall of the Soviet Union. Focus on pre 1917 Slavic pagan, Christian, and folk mythology vis-a-vis Western mythology, on 20C propaganda and control of the "public mind" designed to reshape national identity and on the current deconstruction, reform, and rebirth of the old mythology. Course conducted on location in Russia and on line. Special fee.
Classes will be conducted as excursions, field trips and discussions by the on-site UNH staff. Outside lectures will be provided by Russian area specialists and survival Russian language instruction by the staff of Language Link, a well-known and established Russian Language institution.
Housing and Meals
In St. Petersburg, students will be housed in a student hostel with breakfast and dinner catered by a local caterer. In Moscow, students will be provided homestays with English-speaking Moscow families. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the homestay families. In both cities lunch will be with the group during a field trip or on your own at your leisure.
This course requires no previous knowledge of Russian. Students must be matriculated and should have at least 32 hours of credit, but freshmen will be considered pending an approval process. Students must be in good standing with the University Student Conduct System. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.
Tuition and Fees
Summer tuition and course fee will cover instruction, course materials, excursions, housing and two meals per day. In addition to the fee, you will need funds for all personal and incidental expenses, visa fees, and travel to and from Moscow. For information about financial aid & study abroad scholarships, click here.
Group travel from Boston to Moscow and back will be available, but the cost of that travel is not included in the tuition and fee. We will assist you in applying for a Russian visa – the cost of the visa is not included in the tuition and fee. In order to obtain a Russian visa you will have to have a passport valid for one and a half years from the date of your arrival in Russia.
Moscow is not only the center of the Russian Federation, it's the center of my heart. I was born and raised there. To describe to an American the importance of Moscow to Russians I can only say, imagine that all of Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles were all in once place, that would be Moscow. It is the capital, business center, and cultural center of Russia. I look forward to sharing a piece of Moscow through this program.
~Ekaterina Burvikova, Faculty Program Leader
St. Petersburg, Monument to Peter the Great
Students in Moscow
Moscow, Red Square