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SRAS Russian Studies Abroad
Moscow, Russia
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: The School of Russian and Asian Studies 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** 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:
 Program Type:
Internship, Third Party Provider Language of Instruction: English, Russian
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Home Stay, On-Campus Dormitory
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Courses Offered: Arts, English, International Studies, Internship, Law, Management, Political Science, Russian
Program Description:


 

About SRAS Russian Studies Abroad:

Russian Studies Abroad provides a broad educational foundation for students planning a professional career with ties to Russia. With a program core of intense language study and cultural immersion, combined with courses covering subjects from culture and history to politics and economics, you'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on Russia for your future career in government, business, or academics.


Each session includes a required core of intensive language and culture studies. Regular semester students may then add to this any three electives from a range of choices covering everything from business to politics to art. Summer students have a shorter and more intensive course of language and culture as listed.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

 

Academics:

Required Core Courses:

LAN 101-303 Russian Language

Courses offered at five different levels, from beginning to advanced. Class size is small (3-5 students) and each level is designed to meet ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) guidelines.

12 credits. Prerequisites: none

ART/LIT/SOC/HIS/POL/ECO 381: Russian Studies Seminar

A survey course of Russian society and culture. The course objective is to understand the development of the Russian culture over the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. 

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

Electives (Not Available in Summer; Fall and Spring Students: Choose three + three back-up; Courses offered subject to minimal enrollment.)

-Business, Law & Diplomacy Courses-

BUS/ECO/POL 342 Political Economy of Russia

This course introduces students to the political economy of Russia, and to a lesser extent, of the other states of the ex-Soviet Union. "Political economy" refers to a strongly interactive process of economic factors driving political decision-making. The course begins with an examination of the command economy of the USSR and proceeds to an examination of perestroika. The major portion of the course is an examination of the policies of the post-Soviet government with a focus on current policies.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

BUS/ECO 534 Russian Business Practice

This course examines economic, political, cultural and demographic conditions and trends that influence business practices and investments in Russia. The course will identify issues managers face in developing countries in key business areas, including finance, marketing, personnel management and organization, production and governmental relations.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

POL 335 Russian Political System

Students will explore Russia’s main political and legal structures, learn about economic reforms and challenges, as well as domestic and foreign policy. The first part of the course (three lectures) provides a brief survey of Russian Imperial and Soviet history and introduces historical legacies that play an important role in Russian politics today. In the second part of the course we will explore in depth contemporary Russia’s political, economic and legal structures and challenges as well as the country’s efforts to find its new place in the world. This course taken with Russian students in English.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

POL 435 Legal Structure in Russia

The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of Russia’s current legal and political system. Topics include the influence of poverty and wealth on the legal and political system, rise of capitalism and its effect on politics, legal and political reforms under the Gorbachev, Yeltzen and Putin administrations, and intellectual property rights.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

POL/BUS 421 Professional Internship

Students participate in a professional internship at a company, not-for-profit organization or law firm. Internship positions include, but not limited to, business (accounting, finance, marketing, etc.), international relations and law. Internships are supervised by MSU faculty and/or KEI Program Coordinator. Credit is awarded based on satisfactory completion of work and academic expectations, including a daily journal and final paper. One credit hour is awarded for every 40 work hours. Note that the internship elective should be paired with either Russian language OR electives only as schedule does not allow for a full class load.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

-Russian Language & Culture Courses-

ART 266 Russian Art

Examination of the art of Russia, from icons of the 12th century to contemporary art. Particular attention is given to understanding this art in its cultural and historical context and to the elucidation of the Russian tradition as a part of European art history. Artists discussed include Rublev, Repin, Petrov-Vodkin, Malevich, and Goncharova.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

COM 340 Mass Media in Russia

Introduces the student to the history and development of the various mass media in Russia, including newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, with emphasis on news media. Students also discuss current issues and trends within the context of the new communications environment created by digital information technologies. Attention is given to the role of advertising, public relations, media ownership, and the public in shaping the content of mass communication.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

HIS 371 Russian History

Russian history is much more than leaders and their personalities. The Russian people have been resilient through centuries of chaos, wars, famines and revolution. It is a history rich in culture and texture far different from America's. Russian history is a complex story that has been greatly debated and contested in the west for the past fifty years. We will sample the different interpretations, primary documents and some literature to discuss the evolution of Russia in the twentieth century. Come with enthusiasm and all will be well.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

LIT 223 Russian Literature

A survey of 19th century through contemporary Russian literature, including major works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Babel, Olesha and Zamiatin. Along with issues of narrative technique and style, the course also deals with some of the central questions of the Russian literary tradition: Russia's relation to the East and West, the problem of the "superfluous man," the generation gap between "fathers and sons," the nature of the "moral life," the feasibility of radical social change, issues of the "new man" and "new woman," the role of the intellectual in the "new world."

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

RS 421 Community Internship

Students participate in a community internship at a non-governmental-organization (NGO) or volunteer organization. Internships are supervised by MSU faculty and/or KEI Program Coordinator. Credit is awarded based on satisfactory completion of work and academic expectations, including a daily journal and final paper. One credit hour is awarded for every 40 work hours. Note that the internship elective should be paired with either Russian language OR electives only as schedule does not allow for a full class load.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

Student Life:

The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) offers a range of study abroad programs. We also host several not-for-profit initiatives, listed below as the "SRAS Projects."

SRAS Projects are designed to fulfill multiple objectives: to inform about today's Russia and Eurasia in multiple fields (politics, arts, science, pop-culture, economy, etc.); to build the reader's Russian language skills; to enable educators to advocate, promote, and diversify their programs; and to excite and encourage students to study Russian and the countries of Eurasia. Whenever possible, our resources strive to fulfill all functions at once.


Life in Moscow:

The Metro Museum
(Inside M. Sportivnaya; 3rd floor - past the militsya stand, up the stairs; Tel: 222-7309)
Dedicated to the history of the Moscow Metro, this is small and all in Russian, but has displays where you can take a picture of yourself (if you pay the extra photo fee) getting “run over” by the metro or driving one of the trains.  The old guy that takes care of it will turn on the little cut-away model that shows you how the escalators work. 

The Water Museum
(Sarinsky pr-d, 13; M. Proletarskaya; Tel: 276-92-13)
Shows the history of Moscow’s water system.  A mecca for those who still wonder why the city shuts off their hot water for a month every summer to “clean the pipes.”

Moscow Zoo
(B. Gruzinskaya, 1; M. Krasnopresnenskaya; Tel: 255 5375, 253 6367, 252 3580)
Mayor Luzhkov, with all of his resources, finally decided to put some money in the Moscow Zoo. Doesn’t seem to have had much affect on overcrowding in the cages, but the entrance is clean and impressive, and there are more things to spend money on.

Museum of the Lend-Lease Program
(Zhitnaya Ul., 8; M. Oktyabrskaya; Tel: 238-75-89)
A small group of Russians organized this small museum in a public school as part of the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII.  The thing that makes it interesting is that the Land-Lease Program, hailed by western history textbooks as major contributor to that victory, is understated (if mentioned) in the Russian.  This museum is one-of-a-kind here.

Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines
(Baumanskaya Ul, 7; M. Baumanskaya; Tel: +7 (916) 167 19 25, +7 (926) 576 62 08)
Here you can see about 30-40 fully-restored, Soviet-era arcade games - all those on display are in full working order and you can even play some of them. Admission will run you just over $10, but include 15 tokens to play the games on display!


Finances:


While abroad, students continue to pay their Case tuition rather than the tuition at their new institution. In addition there are several expenses students’ financial aid can potentially help to fund. These are listed in the attachments below.

SRASFall.pdf
SRASSpring.pdf
SRASYear.pdf
 

For more information, and to apply, click here.