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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Russia: Moscow

Semester: Fall, Spring, or Full Year
Offered: Annually
Estimated Dates:  Fall: early September to mid-December, Spring: early February to late May
Program Focus: Regional Area Study
Prerequisites: Minimum of 3.0 GPA, no Russian language experience required.
Housing: Dormitories
Campus Contacts:
Maria Hristova
Assistant Professor of Russian, Russian Section Head, 503-768-7442

Program Design

Please note: Overseas & Off-Campus Programs is in the process of proposing a new regional area study program in Russia. Once the new program is approved, it will take the place of this program.

In cooperation with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), Lewis & Clark offers a program of general culture and language study in Moscow, Russia. Students on this program take Russian and European studies courses focusing on international affairs and language study. Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, and the program includes local outings, as well as a three-day excursion to St. Petersburg.

From its iconic onion domes to the treasures of the Kremlin, Moscow’s rich history lives on. Russia’s capital is home to a diverse ethnic mix of approximately 13 million people and is the country’s political, economic, cultural, and scientific hub. Moscow’s origins date to the 12th century. It has served as the backdrop for the development of the Russian state and was also the capital of the former Soviet Union. It is home to beautiful and complex sites like the Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the KGB Museum, Gorky Park, and the Bolshoi Theatre - all ready and waiting to be explored. Today, Moscow is a sophisticated 21st-century metropolis, pulsing with around-the-clock energy. For students of Russian and international relations, Moscow offers an unparalleled vantage point from which to experience, firsthand, the politics and economics of contemporary Russia.

Onsite Staff:

The Center Director of CIEE Moscow is Nancy Kogin. She has over 20 years of experience living and working in multicultural environments.

The Center Co-Director is Irina Makoveeva. A native of Moscow, Irina received her Master’s degree in Russian philology and comparative linguistics from the Moscow Lomonosov State University and her doctorate in Slavic and Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.


The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) is the host institution for this program. Russia’s most prestigious university for students with international interests, MGIMO is situated in southern Moscow, home to many higher education institutions. The student body of 6,500 is drawn from the top ranks of Russian schools and partner universities around the world. Renowned graduates include presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers, including current Russian minister of foreign affairs, Sergei Lavrov.

The school offers a wide selection of courses, all taught in English by MGIMO faculty. Students with a high Russian language proficiency may petition to enroll for credit in courses taught in one of MGIMO’s many BA programs taught in Russian.

Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the 8-credit international studies requirement for students who successfully complete 12 or more semester credits.

This program does NOT fulfill the overseas study requirement for the World Languages major (with Russian as primary language).

Credits: Credit earned varies based on courses completed, but students may earn up to 19 credits. Overloads are not permitted.  


Students enroll in the following per semester:

  • CIEE students must enroll in a Russian language course at the appropriate level.
  • The CIEE core course, U.S.–Russian Relations, is also required.
  • Nine U.S. credits of direct enrollment courses at The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).
  • Optional: Students may also choose to do a CIEE Internship. Those selecting this option will take six U.S. credits of direct enrollment courses at MGIMO.

Excursions: Students travel to St. Petersburg on an excursion for 3 days – and explore the city on a guided tour. In addition, in the fall semester, students travel to Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. In the spring semester, students travel to the ancient Golden Ring cities of Vladimir and Suzdal on a three-day guided tour.

Student Life

Housing: MGIMO provides students with double occupancy rooms in a dormitory located on campus, just a five-minute walk from the main classroom building. The dorm, with en suite bathrooms and a shared kitchen on every other floor, is a mix of international students and Russian nationals.

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Students participate in CIEE-organized events – such as cinema and game nights, cooking classes, and day trips – with Russian buddies.
  • Students tour the world-famous Kremlin, ancient churches, the State Tretiakov Museum of Russian Art, and the Cold War Museum Bunker.
  • Students attend the ballet.


2020-2021 Fee Breakdown*

Total Fee (includes Tuition, Program Fee, and Health & Wellness Fee): $34,921

Tuition: $27,416

Program Fee: $7,468

Health & Wellness Fee: $37**

Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, and administrative fees. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals. 

*Fees are updated every February for the following academic year.

**The Health & Wellness Fee supports the operations of Wellness Services staff in delivering pre-program orientation services, as well as in providing health-related consultation regarding participant health needs. All students in the College of Arts and Sciences pay a mandatory fee of $37 per semester.

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to SVO): $800-$1,700

Estimated Travel Document Fees: $260-$290

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,350.50

All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding health insurance & overseas programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to CIEE and will receive a separate notification letter of admittance.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials to CIEE. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into the Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), where they are met by CIEE staff and transported to orientation.

Visa: Students with a U.S. passport will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.  

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to Russia.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Russia page.

Moscow, Russia