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Program Description:
School of Russian and Asian Studies: Russian Studies Abroad
moscowFounded in 1996, the School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) offers programs across Russia and Asia.  The Russian Studies Abroad program in Moscow or St. Petersburg provides intensive language courses alongside courses taught in English on political economy, history, literature, and Russian studies. From sprawling St. Petersburg to fast-paced Moscow, SRAS fosters immersive experiences at local universities and in-depth support to engage students in contemporary issues.

Moscow, center of Russian power and Russian history, offers students a unique look into domestic politics, history, or historical culture. Courses are taken at Moscow State University, Russia's top-ranked academic institution.

St. Petersburg, Russia's "Window on Europe", provides perspective on international issues and international business. Courses are hosted at UNECON (St. Petersburg State University of Economics), one of Russia's premier business schools.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No previous Russian coursework and/or skills necessary
  • Russian language core courses are required as part of the program
Program Calendar
Fall Semester: early September to mid-December
Spring Semester: early February to late May

Academics
Students take a full semester of courses alongside other international students. Russian language and a Russian studies seminar are required courses, alongside three electives. Grades from SRAS will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU. 

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.


Housing
Accommodations consist of a dormitory stay. Home stays are available at an additional cost.

Visa
All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in Russia. SRAS directly assists with the process of securing your visa for the program.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged a program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Student ID card and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged. 


For further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here: SRAS Russian Studies Abroad Budget 2016-2017.pdf

Contact
Cara Hardy, Counselor, crhardy@syr.edu


Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and SRAS applications. 

Syracuse University
  • Complete the Syracuse Abroad application.
  • In your Personal Statement, please specify which location/program you are applying for.
  • All application material must be submitted by the Syracuse Abroad application deadline. 
School of Russian and Asian Studies
  • Complete SRAS application, specifying which program you are interested in.
  • Follow instructions from SRAS for supplemental documents.
Website
SRAS - Russian Studies Abroad


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/29/2018 05/27/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change. (tentative Moscow Campus Dates: Feb 8 - May 27); (tentative St Petersburg Campus Dates: Jan 29 - May 19)

** 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.