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.  

Contact Info

Alyssa DeBlasio
Associate Professor of Russian

Department Coordinator:
Elizabeth Zizzi
Sr. Academic Department Coordinator


Rm. 105, 1st floor, Bosler Hall
Mailing Address

Get to Know Our Students

Dana Damenova '18

Dana Damenova '18

I moved to the US from Kazakhstan when I was five years old, so I am a heritage speaker. I’ve always known the basics of verbal communication in Russian...

Russian Poetry at Dickinson

Russian Poetry at Dickinson

In the last few years, the Russian Department has hosted such renowned poets as Dmitri Alexandrovich Prigov, Vera Pavlova, Alexei Tsvetkov, Lev Rubinstein, Tatiana Shcherbina, Psoy Korolenko, and Kirill Medvedev.