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

Moscow, Russia

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 6 – August 9, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Ekaterina (Katya) Burvikova ( and Kimberly Jones (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

Term: Summer II


  • RSNN 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Russian Language Immersion (multiple levels)
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad, NU Core humanities level 1


This is a Dialogue that invites students to examine Russia beyond the headlines. As part of the Dialogue program, we explore Russia's language, culture and history, as well as its geography and politics. Much of what is written and read in today's news, especially in the United States, offers a limited and narrow view of Russia. Too often, our understanding of this vast and vibrant country is reduced to examining the actions of its leader, President Vladimir Putin. However, understanding President Putin, and indeed understanding Russia, requires looking (and listening) beyond soundbites, and investigating the broader context of state and society.

Accordingly, students will have the opportunity to explore and deepen their knowledge of the Russian language through regular classes as well as immersion in the broader society. They will also be exposed to Russia's culture and history through visits to key historic and contemporary landmarks and related lectures and readings. Russia's geography and politics will also be examined though discussions and site visits, which will also build on readings. Students will be asked to delve deeper through reflective journal entries, essays which bring the readings to life, and have the opportunity to write a research paper.

This Dialogue will be a journey - an intellectual one, but also a geographic one as we travel through to and explore three key cities in Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan. In many ways, Moscow is seen as the center of Russia, and it is in terms of population, government, and politics. Next, we travel to a former capital of imperial Russia - St. Petersburg - a place of great historic and cultural importance.  It also occupies a place of geopolitical prominence along the Baltic and is quite proximate to Europe.    Lastly, we travel to Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. Tatarstan is home to many in Russia's ethnic Tatar minority community. It is also a place where the influence of the area's Muslim population is manifest in it's many mosques, and the Kazan Kremlin, a World Heritage site, sits at the region's cultural and historic crossroads.



  • RSNN 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Russian Language Immersion (multiple levels)
  • CLTR4944, NU Core humanities level 1 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Host University

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Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA reccomended
  • At least 2 completed terms at Northeastern
  • Each student will be interviewed by a faculty leader.
  • No previous knowledge of Russian is required.
  • The program requires daily walking throughout the city
  • If you are planning to go on another Dialogue during Summer 1, inform the faculty leaders immediately
  • Passport has to be valid at least 6 months after July 2015 (visa requirement) or if you don't have a passport, apply for it immediately

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


During the Moscow stay students will live with Russian families, breakfast and dinner are included.    Laundry will be provided once a week.    Internet will be available for approximately $15 a month at their host homes, many places in Moscow have free WiFi (including subway), and the city has inexpensive mobile internet.    Each host family will live near pubic transport with access to the center of the city.

During the Saint Petersburg trip students will stay in a hostel located on the main street of the city center and 5 minutes away from the train station. The hostel has internet and laundry. Breakfasts are included, other meals can be easily found in the surrounding area.

During the Kazan stay students will stay in a hostel located in the center of the city and close to many historical places. The hostel has free internet and washing machine (about $3 per load).


Moscow – the capital of Russia and former capital of the Soviet Union

The Moscow region (Gorki) for short rural trips.

Kazan – the third unofficial capital of Russia, it's capital of Tatarstan region, a unique region with a blend of Christian and Muslim cultures.

St. Petersburg – the second major city of Russia, and former capital of the Russian Empire