Arizona in Russia

Arizona in Russia
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25late Maymid JulyBudget
FallApril 25mid Septembermid DecemberBudget
Academic YearApril 25mid Septemberlate AprilBudget
SpringOctober 25late Januarylate AprilBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • Russian
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Arizona in Russia offers an excellent opportunity for students to perfect their language skills in the real Russian world. Over 3,500 students from over 100 institutions have used this program to immerse themselves in a firsthand experience of Russian language and culture. This program runs in all three terms (Fall, Spring, and Summer), and students with intermediate to advanced Russian language skills have the option of completing a business internship alongside their studies.


Tentative Fall 2018 dates: September 16 - December 15/16

Tentative Spring 2019 dates: January 27 - April 27/28

Please do not buy your tickets until you have received instructions from UA Study Abroad.

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. Course credit will match what is taken at UA.  

Business Internship Programs in Moscow:

The Arizona in Russia Business Internship 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. Russian language instruction is typically taken simultaneously during the internship period.


​Professor Benjamin Jens oversees the Arizona in Russia program. Instructors at the GRINT Centre for Education and Culture (housed within Moscow Humanities University) are native Russian speakers who work exclusively with international students.

Contact Professor Jens at


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). International 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. Some meals are included in the program cost.


Intensive Russian Language Training

Students spend 20 hours/week in the renowned classrooms of GRINT (Moscow). Students of all Russian levels are welcome to register. Credits earned will depend on the length of time spent in Russia (details below).

Summer term: 6-8 credits depending on Russian level
Fall semester:  15 credits
Spring semester:  15 credits
Academic Year:  30 credits

Students will earn University of Arizona credit through the Russian and Slavic Studies department, and will be placed in courses in Russia upon taking a placement test. Final course determination will be made following an interview with the faculty director.

Links of Interest

GRINT Homepage

A student talking about the program generally

A student talking about the language learning experience

UA Dept. of Russian and Slavic Studies


Contact Information (please do not hesitate to contact us for more information):

Professor Benjamin Jens (faculty director):

Rachel Wright (study abroad coordinator): 

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