The Russian department at Carleton College has a demonstrated commitment to off-campus study in Russia. Beginning in 1988 with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest program at the Kuban State University in Krasnodar, Russia, which Carleton faculty helped to establish, through the current Moscow and Beyond program, a joint project that places Carleton students and faculty at Moscow State University, we have developed that commitment into a unique program of study that takes students from the classroom in Northfield to the Philological Faculty of Moscow State University and "beyond" to the expanses of Siberia and the wonders of Lake Baikal. We have developed a strong working relationship with partners in the Republic of Buryatia, and in recent years Carleton students have continued their experience of Siberia into comps and post-graduation Fulbright experiences.
In the past few years, Russia's relationship with the rest of the world, particularly with Western Europe and the United States, has declined to what many specialists are comparing to the Stalin era. Ironically, the political events of recent months have also underscored the need for linguistically prepared specialists on Russia and its neighbors in Eurasia, which will no doubt lead to increased job opportunities. While we as a department are saddened and to no small degree concerned about the diplomatic breakdown, our experience has, at the same time, been that our partner-institutions and many friends in Russia are as eager as we are to maintain friendly and productive ties. We had an exceptionally rich experience this past spring on the Carleton Moscow & Beyond Program and intend to continue the program for years to come.
While most students studying Russian abroad choose the biannual Carleton program, in the past Carleton students have taken advantage of programs offered through a variety of organizations, and in most cases, Carleton's two year sequence fulfills language prerequisites for admission to these programs. In addition, a student's financial aid package can be applied to programs approved by the Office Campus Study Office. Students considering off-campus study in Russia or other countries of the Former Soviet Union should consult with Russian faculty about opportunities and options. Students approaching graduation from Carleton are encouraged to consider especially the American Councils Russian Flagship Program.