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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia; Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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
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:


Set in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Bowling Green State University’s Russian language and culture program offers participants the opportunity to study in Russia during the summer in collaboration with Moscow State University’s Institute of Russian Language and Culture. Classes are taught by highly-qualified faculty.
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 Institute of Russian Language and Culture at Moscow State University (MSU). The center is internationally renowned for its language and culture programs. The St. Petersburg part of the program includes visits to the city’s cultural landmarks during the White Nights. 
Program Features
• All levels of Russian language
• Strong cultural history component
• 6 BGSU semester credit hours
• Placement, entrance, and exit testing
• Highly-qualified faculty at Moscow State's Institute of Russian Language and Culture
• Program director on site
• Official certificate of program completion
• Daily excursions to museums, parks, theaters, and monuments

To learn more about study abroad in Russia click HERE.  

The BGSU Summer in Russia Program is located in Moscow and St. Petersburg, 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, and arts and cultural centers.  
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. 

Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page at to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.   

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.
In St. Petersburg, program participants will stay at a hostel in the center of the city.
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. Airport pick up and drop off are provided. Program participants use public transportation—trolley, bus, tram, and subway—in both Moscow and St. Petersburg. The use of taxis and private autos is reviewed at orientation meetings.
Russian language courses are taught in Russian. No previous language study is required but a minimum of one semester of Russian or equivalent is highly recommended.
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 activities is available on request and during orientation.
Academic courses: There are four hours of Russian language and culture classes per day between 10 A.M. to 2:30 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 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.
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.
Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office* 
Program Fee Estimated $1455.00 (room, excursions, additional tuition to institution abroad)
BGSU Tuition and Fees BGSU Tuition and Fees for Summer 2017 can be found on the bursar’s WEBSITE. (Undergraduate, Graduate, In State and Out of State).
Education Abroad Fee $50.00
International Health and Travel Insurance $1.62 a day (Students will be billed one time for the duration of their program. This fee is non-refundable.)
*Fees listed are subject to change at any time.

Additional Estimated Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
Airfare $1000.00
Trasportation to/from airport and in-country $20.00
Passport $135.00
Meals $525.00
Personal $300.00


**We will follow university payment/withdrawal policies and schedules

As this is a BGSU program, students that qualify for financial aid for a typical term at BGSU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of the summer program. Students should consult with a Financial Aid Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid for specific details about aid eligibility and summer aid forms. 

To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
Ryan Czech

If contacting via email please include your name and ID number along with the program name and semester you are planning to study abroad.  For appointments, please also include several days and times that work for you.  

In addition to financial aid, there are International Travel Grants and general Education Abroad scholarship opportunities that are available for students on the Education Abroad WEBSITE.
Timothy Pogacar, Director of Russia Summer Program
103 Shatzel Hall

Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
301 University Hall