Russian Society & Culture

Location: Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia

This 3 week, 3-credit program provides an introduction into the richness of Russian culture including history, folklore and customs, fine arts, architecture, theater, and religion. Students will live in two of the world's most fascinating cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg. Lectures, guest presentations, and discussions will be supplemented by daily excursions. Students will follow in the footsteps of Russia's historical figures and favorite literary characters.

Program is only available to Villanova University students.

All students will enroll in RUS 3412: Russian Culture in Context. The course is taught in English by Dr. Boris Briker, Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies. Knowledge of Russian language is not required for this course. The course fulfills one elective toward the Russian Area Concentration Program and a Diversity III requirement.

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

Field Trips

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 cities of Pushkin and Pavlovsk and trips to Russia's medieval cities of Suzdal and Vladimir.

Trip Dates: May 15 - June 4, 2017
Villanova University Pre-Departure Coursework: May 15- May 20, 2017
Trip Overseas: May 21-June 4, 2017
*Students will spend one week in Moscow, followed by one week in St. Petersburg.

Deadline for program is March 17, 2017
*Due to Russian visa regulations, students must have a passport which is will be valid at least 6-months past the end of the program. If you do not currently have a passport and wish to participate in this program, you must apply immediately and have the passport expedited.

Itinerary - 2017 TBA
*Please use 2016's Itinerary as an example

May 11 - 31, 2015: Program Dates

May 11 - 15: Villanova University Pre-Departure Coursework

May 16 or 17 - May 31: Trip Overseas
*Departure date will be confirmed mid-February

Students will spend approximately one week in Moscow followed by one week in St. Petersburg.

Apply Now!

This program has a deadline which is earlier than most other programs. Deadline is March 15, 2017. Along with this early deadline, students are required to have a passport which is valid for at least 6-months past the end of the program (May 31, 2016).

Upon acceptance, the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.


2016 Estimated Total: $4,750
*2017 Fee TBA

Includes tuition, housing, all meals, field trips and excursions, round-trip airfare from Philadelphia to Russia, airfare from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and visa processing fees.

Upon acceptance, student will have 2-weeks to submit a $450 non-refundable commitment fee. Program balance is invoiced directly to the VU student account during the first week of April, with final balance due May 1.

Students interested in financing should first review the OEA Scholarship page. Should there be a need to secure additional funding through loans, Villanova University students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

Students with a Federal Pell grant should consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship!

Russian Area Studies at VU

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Learn more about Russian Area Studies here!

Program Snapshot

  • Program Duration: 3-weeks
  • Credits: 3
  • Price: $4,750 (2017 Fee TBA)
  • Application
    Deadline is March 17, 2017 for all applications.

Faculty Coordinator

St. Petersburg

Dr. Boris Briker
Global Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
Garey Hall 37A

Link to Dr. Briker's Russia Summer Program Website