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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia; St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Global Seminar Fall
  • Restrictions: SPU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: SPU Faculty-led Areas of Study: Language and Culture
Program Type: Study Abroad Housing Type: Hostel/Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Number of Credits: 3, 5, 8
Program Description:

Russian Language and Culture in Moscow and St. Petersburg

Fall 2019 Global Seminar

This three-week Global Seminar will take place in Moscow, the global center of education, business, and culture. As the second largest city in Europe, Moscow offers a great variety of historical sites and cultural events. Students will learn about the city, Russian history and culture and witness first-hand its present-day life. The central part of Moscow includes many notable architectural monuments dating back to the 17th century, which are uniquely juxtaposed with the city's very modern academic, technology and business opportunities. In addition to enjoying Moscow's important museums and cultural institutions such as the Kremlin complex and its Museum of the Modern Art, we will also make day trips to several renowned monasteries and palace museums where students can get insight into the diversity and uniqueness of Russia. We will travel to St. Petersburg for a 3-day exploration of the imperial capital of Russia, with eye-catching architecture, hidden courtyards, winding channels and bridges, for which the city is known as the "Venice of the North".

Every excursion and group activity will offer students multiple opportunities for linguistic and cultural immersion. Along with daily afternoon language classes and assignments focusing on grammar and vocabulary, students will be encouraged to practice their speaking and listening comprehension in the course of regular day-to-day activities such as ordering food in a café or restaurant, understanding a church service in Russian, shopping, and negotiating directions on the street. The morning activities and excursions will showcase the history, arts, society, religion, and culture.  As we experience sites and events of social, spiritual, cultural, and historical significance, we'll learn about Russian cultural values while making cross-cultural comparisons to increase intercultural competence.

Students on this program may choose elementary or intermediate Russian and/or LCL 3500, earning 3 or 5 credits or take two courses for a maximum of 8 credits for fall quarter.  

RUS 1100 Elementary Russian (3 credits)

This course will lay the groundwork for the study of the Russian language. Classroom work will focus on the mastery of alphabet, basic vocabulary, and grammar necessary for everyday communication and reading, writing, and listening skills. Assignments will use an individual and pair/group class format that includes tasks to encourage students to practice speaking and understanding spoken Russian in the course of day-to-day activities. Students' progress will be assessed through a written test and conversational activity.

RUS 3101 Intermediate Russian (3 credits)
This course will focus on building the foundation for improving communication skills in Russian: pronunciation, vocabulary building, and review of important grammatical structures at an intermediate level. Classroom work will focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing practice. Assignments will use an individual, pair/group, and class format that includes tasks to encourage students to practice speaking and understanding spoken Russian in the course of day-to-day activities. Progress will be assessed through a written test, conversational activity, and a daily graded journal written in Russian

LCL 3500 Cultural Study Abroad (5 credits)
The focus of this course is to understand and appreciate Russian society through its culture, history, and arts. With tours of museums, historic sites, and places of worship as well as participation in cultural activities and group meals, students will experience Moscow and St. Petersburg as their "culture lab". Class lectures, tours, and readings will be in English, although every effort will be made to use Russian whenever appropriate.

Courses on Fall Global Seminars will count toward your fall quarter course load. The tuition plateau allows for 18 credits, so students participating in this program will be able to take the balance of credits during fall quarter.
Sample Itinerary:  August 20 - September 10

Day 1:  Depart USA on independent flights (Most overseas flights travel overnight)
Day 2: Welcome to Moscow! Airport pickup and transfer to hotel. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening.
Day 3:  Orientation tour of Moscow by metro! Visit the Kremlin Complex, Cathedrals, and Red Square. Enjoy a welcome dinner together.
Day 4:  Moscow State History Museum, afternoon class
Day 5:  Tretyakov Gallery, afternoon class
Day 6:  Kolomenskoye Excursion
Day 7:  Free day
Day 8:  Novodevichy Convent, afternoon class
Day 9:  Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Afternoon class
Day 10:  Free morning, afternoon class
Day 11:  Arbat Street, afternoon class
Day 12:  Tsaritsyno
Day 13:  Free day
Day 14:  Free day
Day 15:  Skolkovo Innovation Center, afternoon class
Day 16:  Pushkin Museum, afternoon class
Day 17:  Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Monastery
Day 18:  Free morning, afternoon class
Day 19:  Flight to St. Petersburg (approx. 1.5 hours), Afternoon tour and cultural visit
Day 20:  Russian Museum and Hermitage Museum
Day 21:  Peterhof, evening cruise, farewell dinner
Day 22:  Program ends. Transportation to the airport for the flight home. Students may also stay to travel independently.

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in twin or triple rooms in centrally located hotels for the duration of the program.

Daily breakfast and a few group meals are included in the program fee. Students should budget approximately $150 per week for additional meals. Our hosts in both cities will advise you on the best options for affordable local dining
2019 ESTIMATED Program Fee Credits
$TBD + $300 confirmation payment (administrative fee) 3,5,8

Program fees include:
  • Lodging - Twin or triple rooms in centrally located hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • 3-4 group meals.
  • Airport pick up in Moscow and drop-off in St. Petersburg
  • Flight between Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Public transportation passes in each city
  • Entrance fees and transportation to all group cultural and sightseeing activities
  • Russian Visa
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the program
Estimated expenses not included in program fees:
  • Tuition: Credits earned are part of regular fall tuition, students may earn 3, 5 or up to 8 credits. 
  • Airfare: Approx. $1,200-1,400
  • Meals: Approx. $150 per week
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, snacks, activities, etc.) - varies
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance - varies
*Costs are estimated and may be adjusted in response to unanticipated price changes or foreign currency fluctuations.

Students on the Russia Global Seminar may be eligible for financial aid, including state and federal aid. Check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility before applying
Booking Flights

Students will book flights from their home city to Moscow and flight home from St. Petersburg independently, as airfare is not included in the program fees to give you maximum flexibility and control.

Please do not book your flights until you have been instructed to do so by the study abroad office. Specific information about flights will be emailed to students after the group has been confirmed. Students will be given a time frame to arrive and will be greeted at the airport and transported to student housing. At the end of the program, return airport transportation will be provided.

Students who plan to arrive early or stay longer will be responsible for their own transportation to meet up with the group and we will provide advice for the best transportation options. 

The group will be traveling by air between Moscow and Rome and the cost for the one-way flight is included in your program fee and will be arranged by SPU.

Once your flights are booked, you must complete the flight information questionnaire in your study abroad account at least 3 weeks prior to departure, providing the study abroad office with flight numbers and times. We cannot ensure airport transportation if this information is not provided.

Please note that if it is necessary for SPU to cancel the program or if you have reason to cancel after your ticket has been purchased, SPU is not responsible for reimbursing the cost of your ticket. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase flight insurance. We are happy to advise you on cancellation insurance options.

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Nemtchinova Dr. Katya Nemtchinova 
Professor, TESOL/Russian 
Department of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics, Marston 216
P: 206-2
81-2406  E:  
Dr. Katya Nemtchinova has 20 years of teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels at SPU. Her goal for the Russian language courses is to provide students with the language skills, cultural knowledge, and experience they need to effectively interact with Russian speakers and function in a Russian-language environment. Her passion for teaching language and culture translates into interactive and student-centered classes where students are motivated to learn and participated.

Dr. Nemtchinova is a native speaker of Russian who was born and raised in Moscow. She received her master's degree from the Moscow State Linguistic University. She often visits the city for personal reasons and has business, education, and cultural connections there. She has extensive experience working as a guide with groups of English speaking tourists in Russia and is excited to take SPU students to her native city!

For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office


This program is currently not accepting applications.