Russia: Moscow Language Intensive

Program Snapshot
Semester: Fall, Spring, or Full Year
Offered: Annually
Estimated Dates: Fall: late August to mid-December, Spring: early February to late May
Program Focus: Language Intensive
Prerequisites: Minimum of 2.5 GPA. Successful completion of Russian 202. Students must satisfy the Words and Numbers CORE requirement before participating in an overseas program.
Housing: Dormitories
Campus Contacts:
Maria Hristova
Assistant Professor of Russian, Russian Section Head, 503-768-7442

Program Design

In cooperation with SRAS, Lewis & Clark offers a program of intensive language study in Moscow, Russia.

This program is hosted in Moscow by the Higher School of Economics. The Higher School of Economics (HSE) is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in eastern Europe and Eurasia. Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, it has rapidly grown into a well-renowned research university over two decades, and sets itself apart with its international presence and cooperation.

The SRAS Moscow-HSE program is meant to substitute the existing CIEE language-intensive program in St. Petersburg, which was cancelled by the program provider for fall 2021 (and potentially for spring 2022). The classes are all taught in Russian, so this program can help fulfill the Russian minor requirements or the World Languages and Literatures Major requirements (when Russian is the primary language).

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, Moscow offers an unparalleled vantage point from which to experience, firsthand, contemporary Russia.


Requirements Fulfilled:

GE prior to Fall 2020 - This program fulfills the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement for students who successfully complete 12 or more semester credits. This program fulfills the overseas study requirement for the World Languages major with Russian as the primary language. Select courses may be applied to the Russian minor.

GE Fall 2020 and later - This program fulfills the Global Perspectives general education requirement for students who successfully complete 8 or more semester credits. This program fulfills the overseas study requirement for the World Languages major with Russian as the primary language. Select courses may be applied to the Russian minor.


Students earn 16 semester credits for this program.


Students enroll in the following per semester:

RS-200/300/400 Russian Language Study (16 credits)

Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics.


Students travel to St. Petersburg on an excursion for 3 days – and explore the city on a guided tour.

In addition, students participate in guided tours around the city of Moscow.

Student Life


SRAS students are housed in HSE’s student dormitories, of which there are several. Although all SRAS students should be in the same dorm each semester, which dorm that might be will change from semester to semester. Most of these are in good locations in Moscow and are recently renovated. In most, you will share a room with one other roommate and have shared kitchen and laundry space with others in the facility. Most of these are one half to one hour away (via metro and/or bus) from classes.

Extracurricular Activities

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

Cultural programming in Moscow is designed to be an intensive, hands-on, sensory introduction to the wide diversity of Russia and Eurasia. It is meant especially for those students interested in diplomacy, international relations, and modern Russian identity. Events generally include, but are not limited to:

  • Central Asian, Georgian, and Soviet dinner-seminars
  • Tour of the Kremlin: Behind the Red Walls
  • Masha’s Dacha (cultural and culinary day trip)
  • Tour of Moscow’s Cathedral Mosque
  • Socials with Locals: Mixers wtih young Russians
  • Walking Seminar: The Origins of Modern Russia
  • Yasnaya Polyana (Tolstoy’s Historical Estate)
  • Seminar: Russian Politics and Policy
  • Tour of Red Square: Lenin’s Mausoleum and St. Basil’s
  • Cultural Performance (Night at the Ballet or Folk Dancing)
  • St. Petersburg (weekend trip)
  • Survival Russian (Russian language and culture in practical situations)


2021-2022 Fee Breakdown*

Total Fee (includes Tuition, Program Fee, and Health & Wellness Fee): $36,259

Tuition: $28,485

Program Fee: $7,737

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 SRAS 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 SRAS. 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 SRAS 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