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  • Locations: Vladivostok, Russia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: SRAS 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2024 10/01/2023 ** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English, Russian Housing Option: Host Family, Student Residence Hall
Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Culture, Independent Study, International Relations, Internships, Russian Program Type: BGSU Affiliate Program
Program Description:

The Russian Far East

Hosted at: Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service (VSUES) in Vladivostok, a major military and naval base           


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 North Korean wild card. 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, history, and international relations. It will also place you face-to-face to 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 hands-on learning.


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RS-100/200/300 Russian Language Study

Courses offered at six different levels, from beginning to advanced. For more information see SRAS's suggested syllabi for beginning (100), intermediate (200), and advanced (300).

Academic Hours:  Fall, Spring: 320  Summer: 160


RS-101: Culture Lab 

Several 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, and more.


RF-301: The Russian Far East

An overview of the history of the Russian Far East, its post-Communist economic transition and current economic importance as a transport hub with substantial natural resources. Explore the region's unique local politics as created by its distance from Moscow and importance as a military, naval, and diplomatic outpost. Environment and native peoples.

Academic Hours:  Fall, Spring: 56  Summer: 28  


RF-302: Internship

Available only to second-semester students

Study the issues of concern to today's East by working at a local NGO, business, or media outlet. Or, delve further into the history with work at a local museum. Or, meet and host discussions with locals by teaching at a local 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 


RF-303 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. The project must result in a paper of at least 15 pages, to be delivered in final form no later than 45 days after the program ends. Final grades for this course are not given until the paper is turned in and evaluated.

Academic Hours:  Dependent on Individual Project


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