Arizona in Russia

Russian Federation
Moscow
Arizona in Russia
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
Term App Deadline Start Date End Date Cost
Summer February 25 late May early August Budget
Fall April 15 mid September mid December Budget
Academic Year April 15 mid September late April Budget
Spring October 25 late January late April Budget
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
    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 have the option of completing a business internship alongside their studies.

Academics

Spring 2017 dates: January 20 - April 23

Summer 2017 dates:
Session I: May 19 - June 25
Session II: June 23 - July 30
Session I and II: May 19 - July 30

Fall 2017 dates: September 15 - December 17

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. The programs are overseen by Professor Del Phillips, University Distinguished Professor and veteran of over 35 years of experience leading student groups to Russia.

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. Courses range from Russian grammar, conversation and phonetics to literature, newspaper reading, composition, and business Russian. The curriculum focuses on training students to receive official proficiency status from the government of the Russian Federation.

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.

 

Faculty: ​Professor Del Phillips oversees the Arizona in Russia program.  He is a University Distinguished Professor and veteran with over 40 years of experience in leading student groups to Russia.  Instructors in this program are native speakers who work exclusively with foreign students.

Options

Option 1 - Spring Language Program in Moscow (mid January - mid April)
Location: Moscow at the GRINT Language Center of the Moscow Humanities University (Cost includes 15 semester units from UA; airfare NOT included)

Option 2 - First Summer Session Language Program in Moscow (late May through end of June)
Location: Moscow at the GRINT Language Center of the Moscow Humanities University (Cost includes 6 semester units from UA; airfare NOT included)

Option 3 - Second Summer Session Language Program in Moscow (early July through early August) 
Location: Moscow at the GRINT Language Center of the Moscow Humanities University (Cost includes 6 semester units from UA; airfare NOT included)

Option 4 - First & Second Summer Sessions - Language Program in Moscow (late May through early August)
Location: Moscow at the GRINT Language Center of the Moscow Humanities University (Cost includes 12 semester credits from UA; airfare NOT included)

Option 5 - Fall Language Program in Moscow (mid September through mid December)
Location: Moscow at the GRINT Language Center of the Moscow Humanities University (Cost includes 15 semester credits from UA; airfare NOT included)

Option 6 - Academic Year Language Program in Moscow (mid September through mid December, mid January through mid April)
Location: Moscow at the GRINT Language Center of the Moscow Humanities University (Cost includes 30 semester credits from UA; airfare and winter break housing costs NOT included)

Housing Information

HOUSING IN MOSCOW:
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.  Two meals per day are included in the program (M-F).

Courses

Russian Studies Track

Students participating in the Russian studies track will primarily earn credit in Russian studies courses (6 credits) with supplementary instruction in the Russian language (1 credit). 

Summer Session I

1) RSSS 340 Accursed Questions: Russian Writers and Society  (3 credits)  
This course is an introduction to Russia’s nineteenth century literature (Russian's Golden Age) and to the philosophical questions that distinguished this particular generation of writers.

2) RSSS 345  World War II--The Russian Empire  (3 credits)
Historical/cultural exploration of the Soviet experience of WWII  (in history and the Arts)

3) RSSS 364a  Grammar  (1 credit)
Review of basic Russian grammar rules and applications

or

4) RSSS 366a   Conversation  (1 credit)
Basic topics which prepare the student for societal interaction with native Russian speakers.

Summer Session II

1) RSSS 350  The Soviet Experiment (3 credits)
Examines the entire Soviet period, the most extensive social, economic, and cultural experiment in human history.
Includes period of mass terror, the "Iron Curtain,"  Perestroika, and an overview of the period of transition.

2) RSSS 304   History of Soviet and Post Soviet Film (3 credits)
Topics:  Ideology, censorship, Stalin, WWII, sexless Soviet cinema.

3)RSSS 364b  Grammar (1 credit)
Review of more complex grammar and syntax which builds the student's Russian reading ability.

or
4) RSSS 366b   (1 credit)
Continuation of themes which enhance the student's ability to interact in Russian society.

 

Intensive Russian Track

The intensive Russian track will focus primarily on Russian language instruction.  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 Session I:  6 credits
Summer Session II:  6 credits
Summer Sessions I & II:  12 credits

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.  See all possible courses here.

Links of Interest

GRINT Homepage

A student talking about the program generally

A student talking about the language learning experience

Arizona Russian Abroad Red Book for 2016

UA Dept. of Russian and Slavic Studies

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

Professor Del Phillips (faculty director):  dphillip@email.arizona.edu

Dan Vander Ploeg (study abroad coordinator):  dvanderp@email.arizona.edu

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