Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Moscow

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Designed for students at an either an intermediate or advanced level of Russian, the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in Russia offers students a broad range of academic and cultural immersion in one of three distinct Russian Cities. Unlike many Ameri... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.1
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April 12, 2018 Fun
language and culture - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 26, 2017 It Was Good
very worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 17, 2017 Moscow Is Cold
I learned how to live somewhat independently in a big city. In some respects, yes it was worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
My conversational Russian improved a lot, as well as my ability to talk about academic topics like art, literature, and history. In addition to that, Moscow is a magnificent (if expensive) city, and I'm already homesick to go back! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot of Russian culture and city life, and also improved my confidence in my speaking abilities in everyday interactions. It was incredibly worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a lot, have a much better grasp on Russian society, and greatly improved my Russian language. It was very worthwhile, and I have gained a lifelong love of Russia and Russian language. - Oberlin College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Moscow
February 13, 2016 Crimea River
I think that studying abroad can really open your eyes to a whole different yet familiar world. Sometimes we need to get out of our bubble and experience different realities. It really does challenge your presumptions and I think you emerge from the difficult and engaging experiences as a better person. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Designed for students at an either an intermediate or advanced level of Russian, the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in Russia offers students a broad range of academic and cultural immersion in one of three distinct Russian Cities. 

Unlike many American programs in Russia, in which students are segregated from regular university and community life, our programs in Irkutsk, Moscow, and Yaroslavl have been carefully designed to encourage linguistic and cultural integration. Through a flexible and demanding academic program, and with a variety of local contacts outside of the  university, we strive to allow students maximum independence in their academic and social lives. In addition to improved Russian language ability, this level of independence allows students to develop practical survival skills for later work or study in the country.

Moscow is the center of Russian cultural and political life. Whether spotting Lenin’s ghost in Red Square, exploring neighborhood boutiques, or sampling authentic Georgian cuisine, Moscow offers all the excitement of a cosmopolitan city. Students should know, however, that studying in Moscow, with its eleven million residents, imper­sonal attitude, and huge crowds in the metro, is not the typical “Russian” experience they might be expecting. As the ease of transitioning into such a large city cannot be overestimated, Moscow is best suited for students with strong language skills and prior experience in Russia. 

Students primarily take their courses at the Middlebury center in Russian language, literature, and culture, with content seminars, "spetskursy", focusing on economics, politics, history, and regional studies. Middlebury's host institution, the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), offers a full range of courses in the humanities and social sciences.  Advanced students may also choose to take one of their university courses at the Shukin Theater Institute or the Higher School of Economics.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Russian
Language Requirement(s):
  • Russian
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Russian, Central and East European Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language, Literature
  • Psychology
  • International Relations
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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