Hosted by: Middlebury College and Russian State University
: This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interest in the majors listed above.
: Fall: late August to late December; Spring: early February to late May
: Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing. Fall semester and academic year: three years college-level Russia or the equivalent. Spring semester: three years college-level Russian or the equivalent.
: The School in Russia strives to take advantage of the local university environment and facilities, with minimal "Americanization" of the educational process.
Although most courses are taught specifically for the School in Russia students, they are taught exclusively in Russian and according to local teaching styles and practices. Students with sufficient skills in Russian may also enroll in regular university classes with Russian students for more thorough immersion in the language and culture.
Culture & Civilization and special classes are not divided according to language level, but are taught to the group as a whole. Each class meets for two sessions (four academic hours) per week and includes written and oral graded exercises.
Students from other colleges and universities who demonstrate advanced ability in Russian and/or specific preparation in the appropriate field(s) are also strongly encouraged to enroll in regular university courses during their first semester at the School in Russia. Full-year students are required to take at least one regular university course during the spring semester and are strongly encouraged to substitute more than one regular university course for language classes, as full-time Middlebury students will do.
Following successful completion of these courses in the first semester, full-year participants are given the option of taking more specialized language courses in the spring.
Instructors are selected from various departments of the host university. For language courses, students are divided into language-level groups based on the results of a language placement test given prior to arrival in Russia, and on the results of interviews and testing which takes place on site, in Russia. Credit for mainstream classes is granted through the Russian Department of Middlebury College. The School in Russia will assist students in obtaining necessary course descriptions and syllabi for mainstream courses, but does not guarantee departmental/major credit from other departments, for any mainstream classes pursued in Russia.
For course descriptions please see Middlebury's website: Course Descriptions
Credit and Grade Translation - Middlebury Russia
Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this OISP Master Blanket Approval List
: All students at the School in Russia are placed in homestays to maximize immersion in the local culture.
Living in a Russian home often proves to be one of the most rewarding aspects of a student's time in Russia. Homestays do not simply provide a window into Russian reality; they allow students to be full participants in that reality. Through the constant, informal contact that homestay situations provide, students tend to make great strides in their Russian language and gain insight into Russian culture that "visiting" Americans rarely obtain. In the best situations, they leave Russia with a new family, with whom they remain in contact for years to come.
All homestay placements are made in hospitable, Russian-speaking environments, where students are able to live a truly Russian lifestyle. Hosts are selected exclusively through personal acquaintances of the host university and of the School in Russia. Although many families have hosted students in the past, new hosts are screened and added each year.
The compositions of host families and the locations of apartments vary from site to site, and within individual cities. Some hosts may be young or middle-aged couples, while others will be single mothers with children or widows who wish to host a visiting student. In some cities, particularly Moscow, homestays may require a lengthy commute to the university.
Students are placed in individual homes by School in Russia staff, based on information provided in a post-acceptance Housing Questionnaire. Care is taken to place students according to individual needs (dietary, health, etc.), and when possible, personal preferences are also taken into account.
Each student is given his or her own room in the host apartment, with linens provided. Board includes breakfast and dinner on weekdays and three meals per day on weekends. (In Moscow only, students now have a choice between receiving board from the family or cooking for themselves.)
In order to maintain authenticity in the host family environment, the School in Russia does not make any other material demands on the hosts. Certain hosts may have amenities like washing machines or computers, but since these items are not always found in normal Russian households, not all hosts will have them.
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Fall
: Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: NSEP Boren Scholarship, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. For more information, please visit Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants, Research & Service
Emory undergraduates are invited to apply for a new Russian Studies Scholarship. Designed to support undergraduate study abroad, the scholarships are granted competitively twice a year. Applications are reviewed by REES inter-departmental faculty committee. Funding levels vary according to availability of resources and applicant pool. Deadlines: Spring programs December 1st / Fall and Summer programs March 1st . For more information regarding student eligibility please contact: REES office ph. 404-727-6427.
Jessica Mrase, Emory Study Abroad Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org?
Elena Glazov-Corrigan, REALC, 404-712-8725, email@example.com