Moscow, Russia

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

The Dickinson in Russia program is located in Moscow. Founded in 1167, the city 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.

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The Dickinson in Russia program offers students the opportunity to enroll at one of Russia’s most dynamic and modern universities, the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) in Moscow. 


Moscow, Russia

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experiential Moscow Practicum course
  • Russian language and content courses at the RSUH
  • English language courses at HSE
  • Internship and independent research opportunities
  • Homestays


ACADEMICS AND INTERNSHIPS 

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. The academic program including the core course Moscow Practicum as well as the homestay program gives students unique educational and cultural opportunities, while improving their Russian language skills.  

At The Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH), Dickinson students take the majority of their classes at the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language, but they are also encouraged to take classes with Russian students. Students also have the opportunity to take courses in English at the Higher School of Economics, which offers courses in economics, business, mathematics, sciences, philosophy, classics, etc. Students typically have three to four classes a day, five days a week. Students also take the Moscow Practicum course with the on-site coordinator, which exposes them to the culture and history of Moscow in a hands-on way. Academic-year students do a research project in the spring semester on a topic of their choosing in conjunction with a relevant course taught at RSUH in Russian. The research project often serves as an opportunity for students to engage with Muscovites through their expertise in a given field/topic or interview. Students also may be able to do an internship in the spring. 

ACADEMIC EXCURSIONS 

The Dickinson in Russia program offers students a full complement of cultural opportunities. Each week students may see exhibits, attend concerts and theatre productions, visit homes of cultural figures and take day trips to see small towns outside of Moscow. Past excursions have gone to St. Petersburg and the cities of the Golden Ring. 

HOUSING AND MEALS 

Russian program participants are housed with Russian families. The families are carefully matched with students for compatibility and all live within commuting distance of the university. Families provide breakfast and dinner and students receive a stipend to cover lunch. 

STAFF 

Irina Filippova, a native of Moscow and expert language and culture teacher, has worked with the program for over a decade. She teaches the core course and advises and supports students. Irina has spent two years at Dickinson teaching in the Russian department. The on-campus coordinator is Associate Professor of Russian Elena Duzs. 

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TERM DATES 

Academic Year, Fall, Spring 

Academic Year: Late August to late May. Applications are due by February 10. 

Fall: Late August to mid-December. Applications are due by February 10. 

Spring: Early January to late May. Applications are due by September 7. 

EXPECTATIONS 

2.8 GPA 

Four semesters of college-level Russian. 

FACULTY DIRECTOR 

Irina Filippova  
Associate Professor of Russian 
 The on-campus coordinator is Associate Professor of Russian Elena Duzs. 
duzs@dickinson.edu 

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“During the semester abroad, I was able to deepen my understanding of the Russian language and culture, while being surrounded by the rich history of Moscow.”

—Sophia Miretskiy ’20 (archaeology and classical studies)

Dickinson Majors that are a good fit for Dickinson in Russia
  • Computer Science 
  • History 
  • International Business and Management 
  • International Studies 
  • Mathematics 
  • Music 
  • Russian 
  • Security Studies 
  • Sociology  

Don’t see your major? Connect with us. This program could still be a good fit for you. 

Non-Dickinson Student Information

This program is open for non-Dickinson students. Marissa Mitchell (mitchmar@dickinson.edu), in the Center for Global Study and Engagement, with any questions about this program. More information on programs available to non-Dickinson students can be found here


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