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Dickinson in Russia
Moscow, Russia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/10/2018 03/30/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 02/10/2018 03/30/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 02/10/2018 03/30/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Russian
Class Eligibility:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior (fall only)
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Housing Options:
Family Stay
Maximum Credits Earned (per semester): 4.0 Academic Area of Study: History, International Studies, Music, Russian, Security Studies, Sociology
Foreign Laguage Prerequisite:
4 semesters (college) of instructional language
Program Description:

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Overview

The city of Moscow, founded in 1167, is now a modern center for international trade with more than 10 million inhabitants. It has retained much of its old-world character, including many opulent "onion domed" buildings and Russian Orthodox churches, but also features elaborate Stalinist buildings and modern skyscrapers. Matching its appearance, Moscow is a city of rich contrasts that merges old and new in unexpected ways.

Moscow honors its rich cultural traditions in many ways.  Students might visit - or live near - homes of some of the world's best writers, including Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov. The arts are central to daily life, with inexpensive dance, music and museum tickets that make language and cultural immersion a fist-hand experience.

Dickinson's Moscow program gives students the opportunity to develop their language skills and explore one of the world's most fascinating and dynamic countries.

Find more details below and in the Dickinson in Russia HANDBOOK

Russian State University for the Humanities

Students study at the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) in the heart of Moscow, where they also can take advantage of museums, theatre, film and other cultural activities. RSUH was formed in 1991 when the Moscow Public University and Moscow State Institute for History and Archives merged; it currently serves more than 5,000 students from a variety of countries.

Eligibility

The expectations to apply for this program are as follows:
  • 2.8 GPA
  • Students must complete at least four semesters of college-level Russian before studying abroad.
  • All students must have a declared major at the time of application.
  • As a part of the review process students’ conduct records and account status are also reviewed.  Students and their parents should note that the review process takes all elements of the student’s academic record into consideration and that even if a student has the expected GPA and language pre-requisites, he or she may not be admitted.
Students who have questions about the review process or their particular candidacy for a program should come into the Center for Global Study and Engagement for advising.

Center staff will not discuss students’ applications with parents, friends or any other party without the student’s consent and presence in the conversation

Moscow Celebrates
Academics

Participants can receive up to 4.5 credits for successfully completing a full semester in Moscow, applicable to the Russian major or minor. Students who complete an academic year of study normally can expect to receive eight or nine course credits at Dickinson.

Additional opportunities, such as studying other languages, participating in internships and teaching English, also may be arranged. Student learning is supported by language tutorials and seminars arranged through the university.

How is instruction different?

Students are expected to be in residence while classes are in session and to maintain a full course load, equivalent to 4.5 Dickinson credits. Regular class participation and attendance in credit bearing courses is required. In addition, students are expected to participate in excursions that are offered as an integral part of the program and to take full advantage of the cultural offerings in Moscow.

Due to the intensive language-learning focus of the program, students will find that they spend significantly more time in class than they would on the Dickinson campus. Furthermore, language learning is consciously extended to common activities in the community with language teachers. On the other hand, homework tends to require less time than you may be used to.

What classes are available?

Equivalencies for the following Dickinson courses may be offered on the Moscow program. The On-Site Coordinator, Irina Filappova, will advise you on which RSUH courses are equivalent to the following Dickinson courses. According to the placement tests at the beginning of the term, students are grouped with several others of a similar language ability; these groupings may affect some course material.

Courses listed as “1st semester” will be available to academic year and fall students during the fall semester and to spring-only students in the spring semester. If you have specific questions about the course content, please consult with Professor Elena Duzs.

Below is a sample list of courses offered in Moscow:

250 Russian in Everyday Use I
This is an intensive language laboratory on location in Moscow. Designed to improve students' comprehension and command of spoken Russian, this course initiates the students in everyday verbal and cultural communication prevalent in Russia. A variety of topics, including students' firsthand experience with contemporary Russian culture, will be used to improve comprehension oral skills. A workshop on phonetics is an important component of this course. This course carries .5 or 1.0 dependent upon topic. Prerequisite: 202.

251 Russian in Everyday Use II
This is an intensive language laboratory on location in Moscow. Designed to improve students' comprehension and command of spoken Russian, this course initiates the students in everyday verbal and cultural communication prevalent in Russia. A variety of topics, including students' firsthand experience with contemporary Russian culture, will be used to improve comprehension oral skills. A workshop on phonetics is an important component of this course. This course carries .5 or 1.0 dependent upon topic. Prerequisite: 202.  

255 Grammar in Context I
These courses are designed to further develop the students' language skills through practice in lexical ePlease call for an appointment)

Center for Global Study and Engagement
Dickinson College
717-245-1341
global@dickinson.edu

Elena
Prof. Elena Duzs, On-Campus Coordinator
Department of Russian
Dickinson College
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Phone: (717) 245-1276
E-mail: duzs@dickinson.edu

On-Site Administration

Irina Filippova, the on-site resident director, administers the academic program and provides support and advisement to students in close communication with the Dickinson on-campus coordinator. She also plans a rich cultural program and accompanies group excursions. She carefully selects and serves as a liaison with home-stay families.