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 e...
I was able to grasp the fundamentals so I can further improve my language skills independently. Learning about local social issues, specifically migration issues, helped expand my own study on migration for my graduation work at my local university. I also learned more about local perspective on government and corruption. I gain...
- The University of Texas at Austin
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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.