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Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies: Russia

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Sponsor: American Councils (ACTR)

Location: Moscow, Russia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Vladimir, Russia


The Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies program provides approximately 20 hours per week of in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation, and cultural studies at either: Moscow International University, Russian State Pedagogical University (Gertsen Institute) in St. Petersburg, or KORA Center for Russian Language Study in Vladimir. One day per week of the academic program is set aside for local cultural excursions.

Program Type: Affiliated

Important Note: This program was approved in 2018 to operate under special permission and in compliance with Northwestern University’s Undergraduate International Travel Policy. Prior to departure, participants are required to complete the Undergraduate Release for Travel to Countries under a U.S. DOS Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory.


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must

1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline

2. Complete an ACTR application by the program's deadline

Languages: Russian

Language Requirements: 

2 years or the equivalent of college-level Russian


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

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $26,810

Billed by Northwestern: $22,200

  • Tuition: $15,100
  • Room & board: $3,000
  • Required excursions: $800
  • Visa & insurance: $600
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,700

Estimated additional costs: $3,810-$4,610

  • Travel to DC for orientation: $200
  • International airfare: $1,500
  • Lunches: $400
  • Local transportation: $200
  • Books & supplies: $150
  • Personal expenses: $1,200-2,000 (varies by location)
  • GeoBlue: $160

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