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Field Study in Russian Language and Culture (2 credit hours)

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Goal of the course

  • To improve Russian language skills though practice in real life situations.
  • To learn how people live in the Russian capital though personal experience.
  • To learn about Russian history and culture by visiting museums and historic sites in Moscow.


  • Any JCCC student with a valid passport.

Course Description

Part 1 - Preparatory course at JCCC campus

  • Learn how to communicate in Russian in situations students would most likely encounter while in Moscow (such as meeting people, asking directions, ordering food at a restaurant, buying things and seeking medical help).
  • Learn certain facts about Russian history and culture.
  • Learn how to stay safe in a big city.
  • Make sure that all necessary paperwork is completed accurately and in a timely manner.

Part 2 - Field trip to Moscow, Russia

Necessary Documents:

  • Students must have their passports ready by Jan. 15, 2018.
  • During the first day of class, the students will fill out an application for an invitation for the summer course and submit it with the copy of their passport.
    • The applications must be sent to Moscow no later than Feb. 1, 2018.
    • As soon as we receive the invitations (hopefully by April 15), we will be able to apply for Russian visas.
    • As soon as we apply for the visas, we may buy plane tickets.


  • From May 25 until June 10, 2018 (17 days)


  • Students stay at the dormitory of Moscow State University. Each student has his/her own room and shares a shower and a toilet with another student. 


  • Students will be responsible for their own food. There are several grocery stores located on campus, as well as various cafés and restaurants with inexpensive, healthy and delicious food. There is a small kitchen on every floor of the dormitory with a stove and a microwave. 


  • Transfer to and from the airport will be organized by the Moscow State University.
  • Students will use public transportation.

Classes at Moscow State University:

  • Students will take 16 hours per week (32 hours total) of classroom instruction in Russian language with professors of the Philology Department.
  • Upon request, there is a possibility to arrange classes in Russian literature, culture or history.
  • Students will spend time with Russian students who will help them to improve their language skills.

Cultural Program:

  • Students will have at least 10 different guided tours of historical and cultural sites. The tours will be in Russian with English interpreting. The program may be arranged in accordance with the students’ interests.
  • Students will be able to experience everyday life in Moscow. They will use public transportation, buy things in stores and order food in restaurants.


Russian Visa Support $40
Russian Visa $250
Airfare $1,500
Transfer to and from Airport $100
Accommodation $170
Russian Language course $320
Guided Tour Program $250
Tour Planning Fee $100
FL 145 tuition $186-$440
Total: ≈ $2,900 - $3,200