The Russian Experience

Russian Federation
The Russian Experience
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25mid-Mayearly JuneBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Short Term Explorations
Program Overview

The Russian Experience is not running in Summer 2019; updates for Summer 2020 coming soon!

Learn about World War 2 through the eyes of the Soviet Union!  This 3-week program will immerse you in Russian culture in the vibrant capital city of Moscow.  In 2019, we will focus on the Russian / Soviet experience of World War 2 and the ways in which the cultural memory of this traumatic experience continues to shape contemporary Russian politics, art, identity, etc.  Guided excursions (in English) in and around Moscow will provide exciting opportunities to engage with Russian culture as we consider such concepts as patriotism, heroism, survival, and victory.  No Russian language experience required!


Tentative 2019 dates: May 12 - June 1

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


Students will enroll in one 3-credit course, RSSS 345: World War II: The Soviet Cultural Experience.


Just a few of the cultural excursions included in the program are:

  • Multi-day trip to St. Petersburg
  • Red Square & Kremlin tour
  • Lenin Mausoleum
  • Tretyakov Art Gallery
  • Izmailovo Souvenir Fair
  • Kremlin Ballet
  • Great Patriotic War Museum
  • Borodino
  • Cold War Bunker Museum / Bunker-42
  • Other World War II related museums, sites, etc.

Housing & Location


Participants will live in residence halls 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 facility, etc.  A typical room contains two beds, study tables, end tables, and wardrobes or built-in closets.


There is security at the entrance to GRINT.  All persons entering the area must display a student pass issued by MHU.


Some meals are included in the program cost.


​Professor Suzanne Thompson worked for many years in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia as an embassy attache, disarmament contractor, and journalist.

Contact Professor Thompson at 

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