Russian Studies Seminar
Learn Russian, Live Moscow!
Russian Studies Abroad (RSA) is intended to give students intensive cultural immersion that will form the basis of a professional understanding of Russia. As such, the cultural program associated with it is also intensive.
Outside the Kremlin walls
as seen on the SRAS
Moscow Walking Tour!
Visiting Anton Chekhov's
grave at the Novodevichy
Students will participate in our standard included events, RSA-special events (cost included in the program fees), and have access to our optional events as well (cost not included in the program fees).
1. Included Events
Moscow Walking Tour
Our walking tour of Moscow is meant to introduce you quickly to Moscow as well as to Russian culture, history, politics, and economy. We walk past the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, over the river past great views of the Kremlin, through Red Square to the Bolshoi Theatre and end in front of the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre on beautiful Kamgerchesky Pr. The tour is fairly eclectic and concentrates on issues you will never likely learn about in your classes at home. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to ask as many questions as you like!
Living and Working in Russia Seminar
Aimed at assisting those hoping to return to Russia long-term to work or perform research. We meet at a Georgian restaurant to sample some of the tastiest dishes from the former Soviet Union. Invited guests have included members of the US Foreign Service, and foreigners involved in research, entrepreneurship, management, finance, translation, and teaching English in Russia. We open with a presentation on visas, registration, housing, and other logistics of living in Russia. We then, with our guests, hold an open discussion on searching for jobs and housing, navigating the often-arduous Russian bureaucracy, and prospects in the Russian economy. Gain contacts and knowledge to further your career!
This guided tour walks you behind the Kremlin's red walls to explore the armory and the surrounding cathedrals. The armory is the former treasure-house of the Kremlin that still contains royal gifts, military hardware, clothing, carriages, and other riches from czarist times. The surrounding ensemble of cathedrals, with their touring spires and shining domes provide a still wider backdrop for your guide to discuss the history that has shaped modern Russia. For more information, see the museum website.
Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery
We explore this sixteenth-century cathedral for a brief discussion of Russia's political and religious history. We then move to the adjoining cemetery, which has for centuries been coveted as a place of burial for Russian elites. Here you can find everyone from Chekhov to Gogol, Khrushchev to Yeltsin, Tolstoy to Mayakovsky, Stanislavsky to Gorky, and Tupolev to Molotov. Everything you've learned about Russia will never seem more real as stand next to where the people who have driven Russia's history now lay.
During the summer and spring semesters we take an informal boat tour through central Moscow. We'll see the old Red October Chocolate Factory, Christ the Savior Cathedral, The Kremlin, Gorky Park, Vorobevy Hills, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow State University, the new Moscow City Financial District skyscrapers and more. The boat affords lots of great views, so bring your camera. SRAS Assistant Director Josh Wilson will be on hand to answer questions and point out buildings as we pass them, but the tour is really about enjoying the river with new friends. Beverages and snacks available for purchase on board.
Each semester, students are treated to one cultural performance. In this past, this has generally been a ballet such as Swan Lake, Giselle, or The Bright Stream. However, based on requests and scheduling, this could also be a puppet show, circus, jazz performance or even concerts by modern groups. Let us know what your interests are!
||Broaden your horizons
even further! Choosing a
program in Moscow
doesn't have to mean
missing St. Petersburg!
2. Optional Events
Trip out of Moscow
Each semester, we offer at least one day trip to a smaller city outside of Moscow. This trip is optional and not included in your program costs, but is generally somewhere between $40 and $100. In the past, locations have included Sergiev Posad, Tver, Star City, and Borovosk. Options are generally open, so tell your SRAS consultant if you have requests!
Your Moscow coordinator will keep a close eye on events and let you know of other unique tours such as to the Taganskaya Cold War Bunker or the Bulgakov Tour, exciting Russian cultural events such as Maslenitsa festivities, the annual Honey Festival, expat functions such Fourth of July celebrations and Democrats Abroad meetings, and interesting seminars. These events are often available at little or no cost.
3. RSA-Special Events
Each semester a series of excursions is coordinated with the coursework. Examples of excursions typically included during the semester include:
Visit St. Petersburg for two to three days, depending on school schedules. Includes train fare, hostel accommodations, and our St. Petersburg Walking Tour and Tour of the Hermitage (see our St. Petersburg Cultural Program for more information on these tours).
Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal
Suzdal was long sort of a repository for churches and monasteries, and an extraordinary amount can be seen here. Suzdal was also largely untouched by development, making it fabulously rural. Vladimir, while less interesting, still offers a lot (and is where the train station serving both cities is located).
The Tretyakov Gallery
The Tretyakov Gallery was reopened in 1995 after a nine-year renovation. The Tretyakov houses contain the world’s best collection of Russian icons and an outstanding collection of other pre-Revolutionary Russian art, particularly the 19th-century Peredvizhniki.
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
This is our favorite museum of art. A good collection from ancient Russian art to modern artists like Chagal and Picasso on permanent exhibition.
Glinka Museum of Musical Culture
A massive and unrivaled collection. The Museum collects, preserves, restores and studies musical masterpieces.
Museum of the History of Moscow
A unique collection of artifacts detailing Moscow's history from ancient times to the present.
Museum of Architecture
The Schusev State Museum of Architecture was the world's first specialized museum of architecture. It was founded at the initiative of the Union of Soviet Architects in 1934. Its collections reflect a thousand years of Russian architecture and features exhibitions from around the world.
State Historical Museum
A general collection of exhibitions from ancient to modern times in Russia. Affiliates of the State Historical Museum are located in unique 16th–17th century buildings.
The Duma is Russia's lower legislative house, essentially the equivalent of America's Congress.
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