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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Russia: Vladivostok

Semester: Fall or Spring (with prior approval from Russian department).
Offered: Annually
Estimated Dates: Fall: early September to late December, Spring: late January to late May
Program Focus: Language Intensive
Prerequisites: 2 years of college Russian
Housing: Dormitories
Campus Contact:

Rebecca Pyatkevich
Visiting Professor of Russian, 503-768-7442

Maria Hristova
Assistant Professor of Russian, Russian Section Head, 503-768-7442

Program Design

In cooperation with The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS), Lewis & Clark offers this program in 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. 

Students study at Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service (VSUES), founded in 1967. The school 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 drive to the city’s main street – Svetlanskaya.

Unlike the St. Petersburg program, LC students at VSUES take all courses in Russian and live in a university dorm with Russian roommates on the floor for international students most of whom are from Japan, China and the Koreas. Academic offerings include Russian conversation, grammar, phonetics, reading and history of the Russian Far East.

Students are placed in Russian courses by proficiency level: intermediate or advanced. The Russian Program at VSUES has a computer lab & a library and is supported by extensive co-curricular activities, including excursions to local museums and points of interest, club activities, sports events, volunteer work, etc.


Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement, and the overseas study requirement for the World Languages major with Russian as the primary language. Select courses may be applied to the Russian minor. 

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

Curriculum: Russian 315: Russian language courses and OS 325 (Russian Society & Culture, Far Eastern Studies).


2018-2019 Fee Breakdown*

Total Fee (includes Tuition & Program Fee): $32,334

Tuition: $25,287

Program Fee: $7,047

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.

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 VVO): $1,500 - $3,000

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50

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 Vladivostok International Airport (VVO), where they are met by SRAS staff and transported to orientation.

Visa: Students 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.

Russia, Vladivostok