Since 1988, Carleton College’s program in Russia has introduced students to the language, culture and history of this dynamically changing country. Beginning in the spring of 2018, undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the United States are invited to apply to Language and Culture in Global Russia. Over the course of a semester, students immerse themselves in a country striving to redefine and reestablish itself culturally and economically. Students leave with a new perspective not only of Russia, but also of themselves and their “Americanness.” The program is based in Moscow, with program trips to St. Petersburg and the Lake Baikal region, on the border with Mongolia.

Location and Living Arrangements

"Moscow” evokes many images: of minarets and multifaceted onion domes, concentric circles of elaborate mansions, narrow lanes and wide avenues, theaters, museums, art galleries, and parks. And in the world of fashion, a sense of style unmatched in high (or low) couture. As residents in the main building of Lomonosov Moscow State University and students in the Philological Faculty, students on the program will find themselves immersed in this world from day one. On excursions, participants will pair with Russian students to explore corners of the city often unknown even to Muscovites. While living in the dorm, students are allotted a food allowance from the program fees. The program also provides transit passes within the city of Moscow and a generous cultural activities fund.

Travel and Excursions

On field trips beyond Moscow, students will explore firsthand the influences that contributed to Russia’s emergence as a world power. Program field trips include:

  • Vladimir, Suzdal’, and Murom
  • St. Petersburg
  • Lake Baikal region (Buryatia and Irkutskaia oblast')

The ten-day venture to the backlands of Lake Baikal in Buryatia gives students an opportunity to use their Russian language and cultural skills to investigate Russia’s Mongol heritage as well as its global future as embodied by Lake Baikal itself.