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Program Description

Overview



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Program Overview

The University of Arizona Russian Abroad study abroad program offerings are an outreach effort of the Department of Russian and Slavic Languages, acknowledged as one of the premiere Russian language training programs in the USA. The program offers a full battery of courses, lectures and excursions that provide participants with invaluable training and experience. A carefully planned curriculum includes intensive small group instructions as well as individual tutorials. Courses range from Russian grammar, composition, and conversations to phonetics and intonation, newspaper reading, literature, and film. Arizona in Russia offers an excellent opportunity for students to perfect their language skills in the real Russian world.

The Arizona in Russia language programs in Moscow allow students to study Russian for the purpose of basic communication and to utilize this knowledge directly on the job. Internships are especially suited to students with higher Russian language ability. The language programs serve students on all levels.

 

 

Location

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Location Details

In the years since the collapse of the USSR, Moscow has grown into a multiethnic and multinational metropolis. Elements of its Soviet past remain, but the city has moved fully into the capitalist present, embracing western economic and cultural norms to a much greater degree than much of the rest of Russia. Today, Moscow remains the country's political and economic capital, and offers a wide variety of art and cultural opportunities.

 

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

The Arizona in Russia study abroad program is an outreach effort of the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies of the University of Arizona, and the GRINT Center for Education and Culture in Moscow, which accepts students of Russian at all levels of instruction. The thousands of alumni of this study abroad program come from over 100 colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Initially, the program began with summer travel and have expanded to the current six program options per year, which include summer, semester, and academic year language and business internship programs. 

Language Program in Moscow:
The Arizona in Russia study abroad program offerings are considered to be among the premiere Russian language training programs. The program offers a full battery of courses, lectures, and excursions that provide participants with invaluable training and experience in the Russian language. A carefully planned curriculum includes intensive small group instruction as well as individual tutorials. Courses range from Russian grammar, conversation and phonetics to literature, newspaper reading, composition, and business Russian. The curriculum focuses on training students to receive official proficiency status from the government of the Russian Federation. 

Instruction and Materials
The language instruction is Russian, with the exception of classes for beginners in which grammar explanations will be in English. Students on all levels of Russian competency are accepted and placed in small groups immediately after arrivals in Moscow.

Placement in instructional groups is based upon a grammar pre-test and short oral interview conducted by the Russian staff. Final testing is utilized to determine course grades and to chart improvement.

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Housing

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Program Housing

Participants in the Moscow programs will live in dormitory housing on the beautiful campus of the GRINT Language Center of the Moscow Humanities University (MHU).  Each participant will have a Russian roommate.  Foreign students live in a sector of eight dormitory rooms that have their own baths, kitchen, laundry, etc. A typical room contains two beds, study tables, end tables, and wardrobes or built-in closets. Each sector has its own anteroom with television and telephone. There is security at the entrance to the Academy. All persons entering the area must display a student pass issued by MHU.  Two meals per day are included in the program (M-F). 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Russia, access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed and getting around in Russia is often difficult for persons with mobility issues. In general, public transportation is not accommodating to people with disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Russia, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals can and does occur and students may find local police to lack meaningful response to incidents. Public displays of affection between same-sex individuals can evoke stereotyping and comments from passersby. There are no laws enacted that protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in Russia, racism can be prevalent in some areas and towards specific minority and ethnic groups. Many foreigners of Asian and African descent have been victims of harassment, attacks and discrimination.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad.  Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the summer cost sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The following items are included in the program fee:

  • Housing
  • Insurance
  • Books and supplies
  • Some meals
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please see Financing Your Study Abroad Program for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the summer cost sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.