Most students studying the Russian language spend a semester or year abroad at the Dickinson Center in Moscow. In this video, students speak about the academic and cultural program, host families, and all the benefits of living in Moscow—the most vibrant and diverse city in Russia.
The Russian Department at Dickinson combines intensive language training at all levels with a wide variety of courses in literature, poetry, philosophy, culture, and translation. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to meet contemporary challenges in any profession while preserving the traditional emphasis on language and literature. A Russian major or minor is often paired with international studies, history, international business, environmental science, security studies, and other foreign languages.
What makes Dickinson’s program stand out?
- Small classes offer individualized attention from professors and foster a strong sense of community.
- Dedicated and innovative faculty have lived and taught across the globe.
- One of few liberal-arts colleges that maintains its own study-abroad program in Russia. Students typically spend one or two semesters in Moscow, where their education is tailored to their needs and interests.
- A rich selection of academic and cultural programming, from workshops with poets and artists to cooking classes and museum trips.
- Alumni have successful careers in business, government, law, science, the art world, and academia.
- The Russian House: an on-campus residence hall that encourages community, immersion, and collaboration among students of all levels.
Get to Know Our Students
AUSTEN DOWELL '17
Всем привет! My name is Austen, and I am a Russian and International Studies double major from Seattle, Washington. I’ve really enjoyed the department, Russian classes, and the study-abroad opportunities offered to me by Dickinson. My experience with Russian started when I participated in NSLI-Y Russia programs in high school, and the strong Russian program at Dickinson is...