The Russian Far East places you at the conflux of powers rising and risen. Vladivostok is where Russia's energy meets the manufacturing power of China, the technology of Japan, the ingenuity of South Korea, and the wild card of North Korea. This eastern matrix will be of increasing importance in the coming decade not only as a growing and interdependent economic powerhouse, but also as a complex geopolitical and military puzzle.
Will Russia and Japan resolve their territorial disputes and officially end WWII? Can Russia and China keep the Korean Peninsula at peace? What are Russia's interests in the East and what can Russia offer the East? How is Chinese immigration to and investment in Russia seen locally? How is Russia's Far East being developed to better participate in local markets and how can it, being thousands of miles from Moscow, be effectively governed?
The Russian Far East is for adventurous students looking to understand a vital part of Russia that few understand – or even know about. This program mixes Russian language with history, economy, and international relations. It will also place you face-to-face with local students to discuss their perceptions of their homelands, their hopes for the future, and their concerns for the present. You'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on Russia and geopolitics for your future in government, business, or academia. Stay for an optional second semester for continued language study and either an internship or research project.
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All Sessions Semester: Cost: $8,995* Spring: Jan 30 – May 18, 2017 (apply by Oct 15, 2016) Fall: Sep 4 - Dec 15, 2017 (Apply by May 15, 2017) Summer:N/A See these other great programs!
Full Year Full Program Cost: $15 395* Dates: Sep 4, 2017 - May 17, 2018 (Apply by May 15, 2017)
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RS-100/200/300 Russian Language Study Small, intensive classes focused on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics. Upper levels include literature and/or language of the media. For more information see SRAS's suggested syllabi for beginning (100), intermediate (200), and advanced (300). Academic Hours: Fall, Spring: 300*
RS-305: The Russian Far East Overview the history of the Russian Far East (RFE), its post-Communist economic transition and current economic importance as a transport hub with substantial natural resources. Discover how South Korea, China, and Japan are investing in and changing the physical and cultural landscape of the RFE. Explore the region's unique local politics as created by its distance from Moscow and importance as a military, naval, and diplomatic outpost. Learn about its environment and native peoples. Academic Hours: Fall, Spring: 56*
RS-305L: Culture Lab Itinerary Excursions will be integrated into the course material. These may include the Vladimir K. Arsenyev Regional Museum, the Vladivostok Fortress Museum, Maritime Museum, Botanical Gardens, art museums, factory visits, and cooking and crafts workshops.
RS-351: Internship Available only to second-semester students Chose from three tracks: 1) work at a local NGO, business, or media outlet; 2) work at a local museum; teach and host discussions with locals at an educational institution. We will discuss with you midway through the first semester what your interests and goals are and begin searching for an appropriate internship for your second semester. Academic Hours: Dependent on Individual Internship
RS-352 Research Project Available only to second semester students Conduct field or archival research in Vladivostok on a subject of your choice. Students will submit a project proposal in advance, which will be discussed with SRAS staff to hone its methodology and focus. Academic Hours: Dependent on Individual Project
The program will include travel study to locations relevant to the subject material. Possible destinations may include China, Khabarovsk, Sakhalin, and/or Birobidjan.
*Dates: May alter slightly from those listed. Please confirm with SRAS before purchasing airfare.
*Prerequisites: Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 3.0 in major courses. No prior knowledge of Russian required, although students who have taken college-level Russian and/or international relations courses are preferred.
*Language of Instruction: Subject courses are taught in English. Advanced Russian speakers will be given additional readings in Russian and other opportunities to practice their Russian skills. Russian Language Study is typically taught in Russian for all but complete beginners.
*Course Expectations: The Russian Far East is a highly active, participatory course. Students will be expected to come to all classes and events prepared as instructed and ready to discuss the material or subject at hand.
*Credit Transfer and Transcripts: How many credits your home university may award depends entirely on your home university. SRAS recommends discussing this with your advisor and SRAS before you apply. Students planning on applying for credit transfer must read our FAQ page for more info and must apply for the full program version of this program. Transcripts may be requested (click for details) and are issued by the host university.
A video by an SRAS student about this program
Experiences possible in the Russian Far East!
Video Introduction to Vladivostok (Note this briefly shows DVGU, not the university which hosts The Russian Far East)