Programs by Country: Russia + Dialogue of Civilizations

Russia and Ukraine: Russian Language and Culture – A Tale of Three Cities – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Moscow, Russia

Faculty Leader:
Ekaterina (Katya) Burvikova (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Sessions: 

October 30th   at 6 pm in 220 Ryder
October 31st  at 5.50 pm in 220 Ryder
November 6th at 5.50 pm in 220 Ryder


Term: Summer II


  • RSNN 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Russian Language Immersion (multiple levels)
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

The program will be an ambitious journey into the heart and soul of Russian culture, by exploring the history, culture and streets of three of Eastern Europe’s most historic and interesting cities: Moscow, St Petersburg and Kiev.

The program will begin in Moscow with an exploration of the most significant city in modern Russia. Academic classes will begin as an overview of the program with lessons in History, Culture, and Language. Meanwhile, daily trips around the city will bring these lessons to life.

In the second week the students will visit St Petersburg, the historic capital of the Russian Empire, and cultural capital of Russia. The home of the Russian Revolution, The Hermitage (the Tsar’s Palace which is now the home to one of the world’s greatest museums) and experience the legendary white nights on the shores of the historic Neva river.

Then the students will return to Moscow for more academic classes and trips to historic site in the surrounding areas. The program will end with a trip to Kiev, Ukraine, the historic home of the Kievan Rus and the beginning of Russian civilization in the 9th century.  Here, we will explore ancient Russian civilization as well as the modern capital of the newly independent Ukraine, a former Soviet Republic.

The theme of the program is dialogue, not just in language but the dialogue between history and geography, culture and tradition, as well as your own experiences and your experiences in Russia.

In just 35 days the students will experience a whirlwind exploration of the Russian Empire, Soviet Union and modern Eastern Europe through hands on study and exploration of these three historic capitals of Russian civilization.

Students will receive some pre-departure online tasks like readings (including reflections in a diary/blog), during the in-country stay they will have daily field-trip to get familiar with Russian culture and life. Each field trip will be followed by a discussion to find essential traits of Russian culture.  As the final task students will be asked to create a presentation on a topic of their interest.