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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Russia Vladivostok

Semester: Fall or Spring (with prior approval from Russian department).
Date(s): Fall: early September to late December. Spring: late January to late May.
Offered: Annually
Program Focus: Language Intensive


2 years of college Russian

Campus Contact:

Rebecca Pyatkevich
Visiting Professor of Russian
ext. 7442


Maria Hristova

Assistant Professor of Russian, Russian Section Head

ext. 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.

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

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

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.

Program Design



Russia, Vladivostok

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