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

Moscow, Russia

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 1 – August 5, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


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.


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

Host University

Language Link – a language school experienced with dealing with American universities like Dickinson College (PA) or University of New Hampshire.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Each student will be interviewed by a faculty leader.
  • No previous knowledge of Russian is required.

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, 195

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, 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, 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. No meals are included, but can be easily found in the surrounding area.

During the Kiev stay students will stay in a hostel located in the center of the city and close to many historical places. The hostel has internet and washing machine.


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

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

The Moscow region (Chekhov, Peredelkino, and other historic cities) for short rural trips

Kiev – the capital of Ukraine and former capital of Kievan Rus, the earliest Russian civilization