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Summer Abroad Program

Designed to expose students to the richness of Russian culture, including contemporary society, popular culture, history, opera, ballet, architecture, and theater, this three-week summer course will take students to Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Conducted in English and open to all students,  this course will enhance cultural competence, encourage students to pursue Russian language study, and foster an interest in Russian Area Studies.

This is a three-week course: the first week of classes will take place at Villanova, followed by two weeks in Russia. Classes at Villanova and in Russia will be held five or six days a week, four instructional hours daily. Students will receive 3 credits.

Students are expected to attend all classes and all required excursions, actively participate in class discussion, and keep a daily journal while in Russia. A term paper is also required.

The introductory week at Villanova University will consist of an intensive overview of Russian history and literature, political life, cities and architecture, customs, and introduction to conversational Russian. Guest speakers will include experts from various academic disciplines of Russian Studies.


Summer 2020 information and dates coming soon!


Contact Information

Rev. Joseph Loya, OSA, PhD
Director, Russian Area Studies
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Phone: 610-519-7243

Sarah Peters
Program Coordinator
Theology and Religious Studies Department
Phone: 610-519-4732