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
  • 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 have the option of completing a business internship alongside their studies.


Tentative Summer 2018 dates: May 20 - July 13

Tentative Fall 2018 dates: September 16 - December 14

Tentative Spring 2019 dates: January 27 - April 26


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. While there are internships for beginning Russian students, more internships are available for students who have intermediate Russian skills and above. Russian language instruction is typically taken simultaneously during the internship period. The language programs serve students on all levels.

Russian Studies Track in Moscow

The Russian studies track is offered as an alternative to the language track and allows students to focus primarily on Russian studies courses while abroad.  See the "Courses" tab for more details.


​Professor Benjamin Jens oversees the Arizona in Russia program.  Instructors in this program are native speakers who work exclusively with foreign students.

Contact Professor Jens at

Housing Information

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).  Each participant will have a Russian roommate.  Foreign 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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