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*BGSU Summer in Russia
Moscow, Russia; Saint Petersburg, Russia
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/20/2015** Rolling Admission 05/19/2015 06/29/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English, Russian GPA: 2.5
Housing Option: Host Family College: Arts & Sciences
Areas of Study: Foreign Language, Russian Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program
Programs by Department: Russian Applicants: BGSU and Non-BGSU students may apply
Program Director: Tim Pogacar
Program Description:
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Set in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, Bowling Green State University’s Russian language and culture program offers students of any major the opportunity to study in Russia during the summer in collaboration with St. Petersburg State and Moscow State Universities, two of Russia’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

Students of any major are welcome. Recent participants have been in accounting, art history, biology, criminal justice, international studies, and other areas.  The Moscow part of the program is hosted by the Center for International Education at Moscow State University (MSU). The center is internationally renowned for its language and culture programs, including distance education.  The St. Petersburg part of the program is hosted by the Russian Language and Culture Institute at St. Petersburg State University (SPSU).  Classes are taught by highly-qualified faculty and are taken with international students from all over the world.

Program Features
• All levels of Russian language
• Strong cultural history component
• 6 BGSU semester credit hours
• Placement, entrance, and exit testing
• Highly-qualified faculty of St. Petersburg SU’s Institute of Russian Language and Culture and Moscow SU’s Center for International Education
• BGSU faculty member on site
• Official certificate of program completion
• Daily excursions to museums, parks, theaters, and monuments
• Homestay and residence hall options

LOCATION
The BGSU Summer in Russia Program is located in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, Russia.

Moscow is the capital of the Russian Federation and the home of the famous Red Square and the Kremlin, the Bolshoi Ballet Company, numerous museums, arts and cultural centers, and the most billionaires in the world.  

Located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, Saint Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as a "window to Europe.”  Today the city is the cultural capital of Russia.  It combines Russian heritage and tradition with a distinctly European outlook.  It offers an abundance of museums, galleries, palaces, operas, ballets, and concerts, as well as pop culture events.  In the summer, the natural phenomenon of White Nights attracts hundreds of thousands from all over the world. 

ACCOMODATIONS
Students live with a Russian host family for the duration of the program. A private room, breakfast and dinner, plus the chance to experience Russia "from the inside" is offered by the host family.

In Moscow, program participants reside with students from the Russian Federation and abroad in the landmark main building at MSU.  The Moscow River and subway are a short walk; Red Square is a half hour away by public transportation.  Accommodations are two to a “block” of two rooms, with shared bathroom and entryway.  A university cafeteria is open 7:30 A.M.–7 P.M. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  There is a café on the same floor with a full menu.  In addition, there is a small grocery store with fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, breads, milk products, and other staples at reasonable prices, and a number of bakery and sandwich stands throughout the building. The 2013 room rate was $12 per night.

In St. Petersburg, students reside with host families.  There are partial and full (two meals) board options.  The university office makes arrangements with host families and communicates their information to program participants in advance.  The range of prices for living with a host family is $850–$950 per month.  Home stay arrangements are usually on Vasilievskii Island.  The location ensures easy access—two to three subway stops or a direct bus ride—to central city cultural sites, including the Russian Museum, the Hermitage Museum, and many theaters and concert halls.  Please inquire about inexpensive residence hall options.

Transportation: Group members fly from the U.S. (or other point of origin) to Moscow and from St. Petersburg. The group travels from Moscow to St. Petersburg by day train (approx. $45). MSU and SPSU provide airport pickup and drop off.  Program participants use public transportation—trolley, bus, tram, and subway—in both Moscow and St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg, a one-month pass for all forms of transportation is most economical (approx. $65). The use of taxis and private autos is reviewed at orientation meetings.

LANGUAGE
Russian language courses are taught in Russian.  No previous language study is required.

COURSES
The program includes learning opportunities in language and its cultural context, Russian and general European cultural history, cross-cultural communication (with people from countries other than Russia), and areas of special interest (e.g., art history, military history, and literature). These opportunities are structured into the program, which includes regularly scheduled language and culture classes, scheduled group excursions, and individualized excursions.  A detailed schedule of 2013 activities, 21 May–30 June, is available on request.

Academic courses: There are four hours of Russian language and culture classes per day. At MSU, students attend as a group, regardless of level, from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.; at SPSU, students are placed into a group of about 15 people from other countries, and attend classes between 9 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. (schedules may vary).  In addition to the courses, excursions are organized around weekly topics on Russian history and culture.

EXCURSIONS
Excursions to historical landmarks within Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as weekend excursions and trips to points outside of the city are included in the cost of the program.

PROGRAM OPTIONS
Students have the option of changing their placement. 

Participants have input into the schedule of activities during orientation, March-April.

Some program participants travel to Finland, Ukraine, Poland and other European countries after the program. A one-way ticket from St. Petersburg to Berlin, for example, is less than $250.

PROGRAM COSTS
The total program cost is estimated between $5,410 and $6,060 according to the 2012 BGSU tuition rates. For detailed information on program costs and options, please contact the Program Director listed below to request a budget worksheet.  All rates listed are subject to change.

FINANCIAL AID
Because this exchange program is part of Bowling Green State University study abroad options, financial aid that could be applied to study on BGSU's main campus can be applied equally to study in the program abroad. Outside financial aid for semester or academic year abroad programs is handled through the University's Office of Financial Aid. 

International Travel Grants:  Travel grants are available for students with high financial need.  Applications should be submitted through the Office of Education Abroad.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Timothy Pogacar, Director of Russia Summer Program
103 Shatzel Hall
Bowling Green State University
419-372-7135
pogacar@bgsu.edu