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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Vladimir, Russia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: American Councils (ACTR) 
  • Restrictions: Wheaton applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines - Courses Offered
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall or Dormitory Minimum GPA: 3.0
Areas of Study: History, International Relations, Political Science, Russian Language and Literature, Russian Studies Program Type: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: Russian Class Year: 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Language Study Offered: Russian Program Features: Language Intensive
Program Description:

About Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP)

The ACTR organization has been offering study abroad options in Russia since 1976. It is accredited through Bryn Mawr College with placements in Moscow (The Moscow International University), St. Petersburg (The Russian State Pedagogical University) and Vladimir (KORA – Center for Russian Language Study). Students enroll in core courses in Russian language, literature, Russian and Soviet culture, history, politics and contemporary mass media. Qualified students may audit classes at a university/institute in each location. Participants attend a mandatory two-day pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC. Each group departs for Russia from Washington, DC with its resident director. 

Moscow (pop. 9,000,000) is the center of Russian cultural and political life; St. Petersburg (pop. 4.75 million) is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is often referred to as the “Venice of the North” or “Paris of the East”. Vladimir (pop. 350,000) is within a three-hour train ride to Moscow and is one of Russia’s oldest cities. Each location offers historic landmarks, theater and entertainment venues and museums. 

Program Dates:
Fall Semester: August - mid-December
Spring Semester: End of January - May

Admissions Requirements:
Admissions:  Four semesters of college-level Russian to the Intermediate level. Applicant’s language skills are evaluated for placement. Minimum GPA requirement: 3.0

Courses & Credit:
4 courses, or 15-16 semester hours, earn 4.0 Wheaton credits. 

Housing & Board: 
Students live in university dormitories or with Russian homestay families. Dormitory - Monthly meal stipend provided.  Homestay - 2 meals per weekday and 3 meals on weekends.

Fees: Wheaton Tuition, Room and Board
- Expenses covered include tuition, room & board, gym membership fee, some program excursions, pre-departure orientation in Washington D.C., and one round-trip airfare to Russia. 

Wheaton Confirmation Fee:
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 will be billed to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July for Fall semester & December for Spring semester).

Other Expenses: 
Passport/visa fees, round-trip airfare to Washington D.C. to meet group flight, and personal expenses.

Wheaton students in Russia

     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.