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Study Abroad

Peter PictureIn St. Petersburg

Level I: Language study and area study

Level II: Intensive language study

Program design: In addition to intensive language study, the program introduces students to the history, culture and contemporary issues of Russia. Housing is with Russian families, when not traveling to other sites.

Host institution: St. Petersburg State University

Credits: Four courses per semester (16 semester credits)


Level I:  Russian 102 with a 2.75 GPA

Level II: Russian 202 with a 3.0 GPA

Russian 230, 290- highly recommended

Curriculum:Level I: Russian 201, 202

Level II: Russian 315, 316

Both: IS 240 (Russian Society and Culture), IS 241 (Russian Politics and History)

Level I: Fulfills the Lewis & Clark Foreign Language requirement and the two-course International Studies requirement.

Level II: Provides two Advanced Language Course Credits as well as filling the two-course International Studies requirement, enabling students to use Russian for a minor or in the World Languages major.

St. Petersburg general information: http://www.saint-

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Vlad PictureIn Vladivostok

Vladivostok is a major city in the Russian Far East, a close neighbor to China, both Koreas and Japan, with a population of 595,000. Read more about Vladivostok at: http://vladivostok. With the massive distance separating the city from the Russian capital, Vladivostok has always had something of an independent and free-spirited streak. It is also an international trading hub with many Asian countries and perhaps accordingly hosts Russia’s second largest minority population with many Asians who have come here to work and do business.

The School
, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service (VSUES), is founded in 1967 and it consists of 5 educational buildings, sports center, 3 dormitories, shopping center, several cafés, barbershop, and bank. VSUES campus is conveniently located on city’s main bus line, just a few minutes of drive to the city’s main street – Svetlanskaya. Read more about the school at:

The Russian School at VSUES:

1. Two years of college Russian is the prerequisite for this program. It is especially good for foreign languages majors with Russian as a primary language and for students who want to study in the “other” (Asian) Russia.

2. Unlike the St. Petersburg program, LC students at VSUES take all courses in Russian and live in the university dorm with Russian roommates.  Most of the other international students are from Japan, China and the Koreas, so your common language will more than likely be Russian.  Academic offerings include Russian conversation, grammar, phonetics, reading the mass media, and history of the Russian Far East

3. Students are placed in Russian courses by proficiency level: intermediate or advanced. The academic program is supported by extensive co-curricular activities, including excursions to local museums and points of interest, club activities, sports events, volunteer work, etc.

4. The School of Russian & Asian Studies (SRAS) is our partner for the Vladivostok Program:

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Joss Unzicker’s blog. She is currently studying at the Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service (VSUES),

Jessica Huston’s blog site about her experience in Vladivostok: http://foreveraforeigner.

Suggested readings:

Baker, Peter and Susan Glasser, Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution, Simon & Shuster, 2005.

Insight Guides: Russia, 2002

Online version: http://www.insightguides. com/insight/places- europe.asp?TAG=&CID=

Figes, Orlando, Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, Metropolitan Books 2002

Gerhart, Genevra, The Russian’s World: Life and Language, Slavica Publishers, 2001

Dabars, Zita, The Russian Way, Passport Books, 1995

Remnick, David, Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire” (any edition)


Contact Us

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    Russian Program is located in Miller Center on the Undergraduate Campus.

    voice 503-768-7420 fax 503-768-7434

    Russian Section Head
    Maria Hristova

    Russian Program

    • Russian Program Lewis & Clark 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road MSC 30 Portland OR 97219