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Dickinson in Russia
Moscow, Russia (Outgoing Program)
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Language of Instruction: Russian
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Class Eligibility:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior (fall only)
Minimum GPA: 2.8
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Housing Options:
Family Stay
Maximum Credits Earned (per semester): 4.0 Academic Area of Study: Computer Science, History, International Business and Management, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Russian, Security Studies, Sociology
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Foreign Language Prerequisite:
4 semesters (college) of instructional language
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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.

Higher School of Economics

The Higher School of Economics is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in Russia today. It houses Russian and Western trained faculty who regularly teach their courses in English as part of an English-language-focused curriculum. In addition to internationally recognized programs in economics and business, HSE offers English-language courses in mathematics, sciences, philosophy, classics, etc. 


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
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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 Filippova, will be able to advise you on which RSUH courses are equivalent to the following Dickinson courses. 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' first-hand 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' first-hand 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 eall the students’ telephone numbers and addresses, RSUH’s and American embassy’s contact information, metro-pass for the first week, long-distance telephone card, meal allowance for the first month).

What if my family wants to visit me?

Great! But, please do not make travel plans until you arrive at the program and become familiar with your class schedule and program excursions. It is not acceptable to skip class for personal travel.

Can I arrive early or stay after the program ends?

Students may not arrive early or stay late in Dickinson-provided housing. However, students may choose to travel on their own either before or after the program. You should consider your visa validity when you make the decision of whether or not you may arrive early or stay late. No student may arrive late for the start of the program.


How much does the program cost?

The program budget sheet can be found at the top of this page, under "Fall,
“Spring” and Academic Year" to the left of the 'Apply Now' button. 

What is included in the program fee?

The fee includes tuition, room, board, academic excursions and emergency insurance.  Airfare and visa fees are not included. The budget sheet also lists additional fees students should anticipate.

Is my flight included?

The flight is not included but the cost is taken into consideration when your financial aid need is calculated for your semester abroad.

How much extra money do I need to bring?

This depends on you. We encourage students to not travel every weekend, but to really engage their host city in meaningful ways during their semester abroad.  An estimate of personal expenses is included on the budget sheet, but it really depends on you and your spending habits.

Will I receive a stipend?

You will receive a board allowance for daytime meals that are not provided by the host family.  

How will I access my money in Moscow?

Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are a convenient way to transfer money and exchange currency. ATMs are widely available in Moscow. Inquire at your bank to be sure that your ATM card will allow cash withdrawals abroad. ATMs overseas will only accept cards that access checking accounts in your name. Also, you shouldn’t rely exclusively on ATMs because you may not be able to find an ATM as easily as you would in the U.S. Choose an ATM in a well-lit, populated place and avoid "stand-alone" machines on street corners and in metro stations. ATM users should also monitor their bank accounts on a regular basis. Any unauthorized withdrawals should be reported immediately to the bank.

Are there scholarships available for this program?

Dickinson scholarships and aid applies to all Dickinson and Dickinson partner programs; Dickinson does not offer additional scholarships for study abroad. Please visit the Scholarships for Global Study page for more information. 


How do I access health care in Moscow?

There are several medical clinics in Moscow that provide medical services at a western standard.

If you need medical attention/care, the Program Coordinator can assist you in finding a suitable clinic.

How much will it cost to go the clinic?

Dickinson provides students with medical and travel security assistance through International SOS. Please visit our Health and Insurance Abroad page for more information. 


Where will I live?

Students will stay with a host family during their time in Moscow. You are expected to spend time with your host family members, using the Russian language to talk about Russian culture, American culture, current events, etc., at mealtime and other times. This is an integral part of the program. Students may eat breakfast, lunch, and the evening meal with the host family1 in addition to receiving a food allowance for occasional noon meals in town or at the University.

When do I find out information about my homestay family?
Full details about your homestay family will be sent to you from the resident director as soon as it becomes available; you may not receive this information until closer to your departure flight.  If you find out earlier during the break, many students chose to contact with a short letter to their host families ahead of time to introduce themselves.

How far from classes will my homestay family be?
The majority of homestay families live in Moscow, close to the metro. You will be able to walk to RSUH or easily take the metro to reach your classes and other points of interest.

Will I have access to a kitchen and laundry facilities?
Kitchen privileges are usually not included in the home stay agreement, even if you are eating meals with the family. You might want to wait awhile and observe family customs and practices in the kitchen before you ask permission to use it. In any case, you should not expect more than very limited use.
You should ask the family about laundry arrangements.

What if I don’t get along with my host family?
Living with a host family overseas can be an intensely rewarding experience, but students need to be prepared for a period of challenging inter-cultural adjustment. Your host family has a different way of life (and a different set of rules) from what you are used to at home or on campus.
Although each host family is different, be aware that host families generally expect to have an adult relationship with the students they house. They will respect your independence while remaining open to exchanging ideas and conversation. Mutual trust and open communication is essential for a successful relationship.
If there are difficulties, the Program Coordinator will serve as mediator between you and your host family.

Will I have internet access?

Russian State University provides computer access to students for a small fee, but the availability will be limited at times. However, wireless internet is available in the main building of the university (1, 2 and 4, 5 floors). If you want to bring a laptop, insure it adequately and inquire about special adaptations needed for Russia. Also Internet cafes are common in Moscow and reasonably priced. In any case, you are encouraged to limit your Internet use to create a healthy balance between staying in touch with your friends and family in the U.S. and taking advantage of the time you spend.


Are internships available?

Internships may be arranged in a variety of areas. Students interested in pursuing an internship in Moscow should inform the Program Coordinator before arriving in Russia. The Program Coordinator will try to find an opportunity that meets the student’s interests. Internships generally do not receive credit. Please note that there is no guarantee that an internship will be available.

Can I conduct research while abroad?

Students can conduct research abroad under the guidance of a Dickinson advisor. The Student International Research Fund (SIRF) was established to help students with extra travel costs associated with independent research projects. Students are encouraged to present their research at the International Research Symposium when they return to campus. For more information on SIRF, click here.


What is a visa?

A visa is a document, normally affixed within your passport, which allows you to enter the country and stay for the duration of your program. The requirements for the visa and visa process are controlled by the government of the country you are entering, are non-negotiable, and can change regularly. If you arrive without the proper visa, you will be sent home by immigration officers at your own expense.

Do I need a visa?

Dickinson in Russia VISA GUIDELINES

A visa is required to participate in the Moscow program. If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you should consult with the Russian embassy in your country of citizenship for the student visa requirements. Obtaining a visa is the student’s responsibility. We will review the guidelines for obtaining a student visa at the Pre-departure Orientation.

We have produced visa guidelines to provide you with an overview of what you will need to do to obtain a student visa.  Please note: this is only a tool to help you get started!  It is not a substitute for consulting with the Russian consulate that has jurisdiction over your state of home residence.  Make sure you are familiar with the most up-to-date regulations by visiting their website frequently.

Also, you need to ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after the program end date.

NOTE: If your parents are/were citizens of Russia or the former USSR, you may be required to provide additional documentation (including copies of your parents' passports) so you should allow additional time for the visa application process. 

How do I get a visa?

Please consult the Visa Guidelines for your country of study.

Do I have to go to the Consulate/Embassy?

Students are encouraged to apply through a visa service provider such as Washington Passport and Visa Service. If you apply through the visa service, you will mail your documents to the provider and you will not need to appear in person.

How much does a visa cost?
The amount is subject to change. Be sure to check the Russian consulate for any fee change before you submit your visa paperwork.

How long does it take to receive my visa?
You should apply as soon as you receive your Letter of Invitation for the Russian State University - RGGU, but no more than 90 days prior to the start of your program in Russia.

If I’m not a U.S. passport holder, are there any additional requirements?

Yes, you will need to do your own research on visa requirements for citizens of your home country to study in Russia. The CGSE may be able to help you with the required documents. Also, you will need to inform International Student Services that you will be studying outside of the United States and discuss how you will remain in valid F-1 status during your studies abroad.

Will the Center help me with the visa?

Yes, we provide you with visa guidelines, as well as various required documents needed for the visa process.

Student Perspective

Global Ambassadors are returning study abroad students who serve as peer advisors for their program.  Please feel free to contact them for a student perspective.
Current Ambassador:

Sophia Miretskiy


Advisors (Please call for an appointment)
Center for Global Study and Engagement
Dickinson College
Prof. Elena Dúzs, On-Campus Coordinator
Russian Department
Dickinson College
Tel: 717-245-1276

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. 

NOTE: For the Academic Year 2019-2020, Prof. Elena Duzs will serve as the onsite director

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