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Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Homestay Minimum GPA: 2.7
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, English, European Studies, Film & New Media Studies, History, International Relations, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Russian Language and Literature, Russian Studies, Sociology, Theater Studies Program Type: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: Russian Class Year: 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Language Study Offered: Russian Minimum Language GPA: 3.0
Program Features: Language Intensive
Program Description:
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If there is one thing that remains constant in Russia, it is rapid change. The mental snapshots that students take home from Russia are very different from those they bring with them. Language learning happens in the classroom. Cultural insight happens in places like the home, theater, recital hall, cafeteria, and supermarket.

Moscow is the center of Russian cultural and political life. Whether spotting Lenin's ghost in Red Square, exploring neighborhood boutiques, or sampling authentic Georgian cuisine, Moscow offers all the excitement of a cosmopolitan city. Students should know, however, that studying in Moscow, with its nine million residents, imper­sonal attitude, and huge crowds in the metro, is not the typical "Russian" experience they might be expecting. As the ease of transitioning into such a large city can be overestimated, Moscow is best suited for students with strong language skills and prior experience in Russia.

Students primarily take their courses at the Middlebury center in Russian language, literature, and culture, with content seminars, "spetskursy", focusing on economics, politics, history, and regional studies. Middlebury's host institution, the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), offers a full range of courses in the humanities and social sciences.

Further information about Middlebury in Russia: Moscow specific to Wheaton College students

Wheaton College is committed to providing students with opportunities to broaden their understanding and vision beyond the borders of this campus and this country. We work in collaboration with carefully selected partner institutions around the world to support our students as they prepare to study abroad and while they are overseas. Students must apply to Wheaton's Center for Global Education as well as the institution through which they plan to study abroad. The most up-to-date information can be found on the program provider's website above.              

Admission Requirements:
Four semesters of college-level Russian to the intermediate level. Evaluation of applicants’ language skills is an important part of the application process. GPA: 3.0 in Russian Language and Studies, with a 2.85 cumulative GPA.
Courses & Credits:
Students take courses at the Middlebury center in Russian language, literature, culture, politics, and history, with particular focus on regional Siberian studies, while Irkutsk State University, Middlebury's host institution, offers mainstream courses in biology, geography, and geology that focus on Lake Baikal, in addition to a full range of liberal arts disciplines. Students must enroll in five courses, totaling 15 to 16 semester hours of credit, and will earn 4.0 Wheaton credits. All courses are taught in Russian. 

Housing & Meals:
Students stay with Russian home stay families and receive partial board (2 meals per weekday and 3 on weekends.)
Budget Worksheet:
Click here for the Middlebury in Russia budget worksheet!
(Estimated personal expenses are available on the Middlebury website)

Other Items to Note:
- All students accepted to a study abroad program will be assessed a $500 non-refundable confirmation fee at the time of final confirmation of study abroad participation.
- Students are not charged the technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program.
- Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December).               
Several brick buildings in Moscow with multi colored spiral tops and a clock

     For Wheaton specific questions contact:                                                                                                          
     Center for Global Education
     5  Howard Street
     Wheaton College
     Norton, MA 02766-2322
     508-286- 4950

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.