General Info

May 12 - June 1, 2014: Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia

This three-week, three-credit program provides an introduction into the richness of Russian culture including history, folklore, customs, fine arts,  theatre, and religion.  You will visit two of the world's most fascinating cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Lectures, guest presentations, and discussions will be supplemented by daily excursions.  You will follow in the  footsteps of Russia's historical figures and favorite literary characters.

Course Offerings

All students enroll in: RUS 3412 Russian Culture in Context - 3 credits

This course fulfills a free elective.  It satisfies a Diversity III requirement and one elective class for Rascon.

Additional Academic Requirements

No language proficiency required.


VU Pre-Departure Coursework & Orientation: Monday-Friday, May 12-May 17, 2014.

Trip Overseas: The group will leave for Moscow on Friday May 16 or Saturday, May 17, 2014. The program will continue through June 1, 2014. Students will spend one week in Moscow followed by one week in St. Petersburg.


Students will take part in daily excursions to museums, churches, monasteries, theaters, and country estates.  There will also be trips to the summer palaces of Russian rulers in the city of Pushkin and Pavlovsk and trips to Russian medieval cities of Suzdal and Vladimir.

Housing and Meals

Students live in a student dormitory and/or hotel and take meals in restaurants and cafes in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Program Costs

$4,450: Includes tuition for the course, housing, all meals, field trips and excursions, roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia to Russia,*transportation from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and visa processing fees.

*The $4,450 reflects 2013 program costs

Faculty Program Coordinator

Dr. Boris Briker
Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies
Garey Hall 36a

Special Instructions

Deadline for application:February 15 2014.  (Make sure you have a passport.)

Passports must be valid for at least six months past the date of departure. 

A $450 non-refundable deposit is due immediately upon receipt of letter of acceptance.

Additional Information

Office of International Studies Summer Programs