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Advanced Russian Languages & Area Studies: Moscow

Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia

Program sponsor: American Councils (ACTR)

Russia, Moscow, Saint Basil's Cathedral with Kremlin Wall and Spasskaya Tower
Russia, Moscow, Saint Basil's Cathedral with Kremlin Wall and Spasskaya Tower

The Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies: Moscow program provides approximately 20 hours per week of in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation, and cultural studies at Moscow International University. One day per week of the academic program is set aside for local cultural excursions. Students are also required to participate in a mandatory orientation in Washington, DC, prior to the start of the program.

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Program Requirements


Minimum GPA of 2.7.


1 year or the equivalent of college-level Russian.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 - 6 Northwestern units per semester. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Homestay (2 meals/day) or university dormitories (self-catered).

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $26,550

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $15,040
  • Room & board: $3,000
  • Required cultural activities: $800
  • Visa & insurance: $660
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

 Total: $22,300

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Travel to orientation: $250
  • International airfare: $2,000
  • Lunches: $300
  • Local transportation: $200
  • Books & supplies: $150
  • Personal expenses: $1,350

Total: $4,250

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the ACTR website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated American Councils (ACTR) programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to an ACTR program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to ACTR to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your ACTR program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • ACTR Deposit: If you paid a deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after ACTR has confirmed the payment.
  • ACTR Scholarships: Most ACTR scholarships will disburse to your CAESAR account after the funds have been sent to Northwestern, while others will be sent directly to you. It depends on the type of scholarship; contact ACTR directly to confirm how your scholarship will apply.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other ACTR Charges

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from ACTR for your program's tuition, housing, visa, or insurance. Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to ACTR.

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