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Students on the 2017 UGA Russia Study Abroad Program at the Grand Peterhof Palace

UGA Study Abroad in Russia

The Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies offers a 6-week summer study abroad program in Russia. Three weeks of the program will be spent in St. Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital, and the remaining three weeks in Moscow, Russia’s official capital and a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific center.

Students have an excellent opportunity to earn 9 credit hours (or 11 credit hours for beginners) while studying various aspects of the Russian language and culture and experiencing Russian culture firsthand. Our academic partners are leading universities in Russia: the Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg and Moscow State University. Students with various language skill levels are welcome to apply: from beginners who have no previous knowledge of the Russian language to advanced students who have taken elementary or intermediate Russian courses.

All participants enroll in RUSS 3550 Contemporary Issues in Russian Society and Culture. This course is taught in English and introduces students to the latest developments in modern Russian society and culture. Changes in family life, the relationship between state and society, religion, new trends in cinema and art are among the topics to be discussed. This course can be applied towards the requirements for the Russian major or minor, or towards Core Area IV (pending approval) for students not majoring or minoring in Russian.

The cultural part of this immersion program includes numerous walking and river excursions in St. Petersburg and Moscow. World- famous attractions such as the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peterhof, the Moscow Kremlin, Gorky Park, the Museum of Cosmonautics, and the Tretyakov Gallery are among the cultural stops of the program. One of the cultural highlights of this study abroad program is a 2-day excursion to Vladimir and Suzdal’ – two cities that are part of the Golden Circle of Moscow, which is famous for its picturesque sites and numerous Eastern Orthodox architectural masterpieces. 

For more information, contact Dr. Olga Thomason.

Quick facts for the St. Petersburg-Moscow Study Abroad Program

  • Dates: May 18 - June 29, 2019 (3 weeks in St. Petersburg, 3 weeks in Moscow)
  • Application deadline: January 11, 2019
  • Program fee: $2900 (estimated)

The program fee includes: accommodations, 2 group meals, ground transportation, group excursions, instructional materials and instructional fees at our partner institutions abroad, international health insurance, and Russian visa fees. Additional costs not covered in the program fee are airfare, food, spending money, and UGA tuition and fees (the HOPE scholarship or other financial aid may be applied to these).


To apply, visit the OIE page for the UGA Study Abroad Program in Russia and click on the "Apply Now" button. 

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2016 Study Abroad group ​​​​​

Financial aid

The HOPE scholarship can be applied to tuition and other UGA fees for study abroad. Students who have a Russian major or minor are encouraged to apply for a Kicklighter Study Abroad Travel Grant, offered by the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies. Franklin College and the Office of International Education also offer some financial aid and scholarships. Additionally, the Benjamin Gilman InternationalScholarship programs offers grants to students with limited financial means.

Franklin College International Scholarship Fund   Application deadline:  Feb. 1. 2019

OIE Scholarships and Financial Aid   Application deadline:  Fall deadline:  Oct. 15, 2018  Spring Deadline TBA

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program  Application deadline for early decision:  Oct. 2, 2018 Spring Deadline TBA

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Students on the 2015 UGA Russia Study Abroad Program at Peterhof