There are many options for students that wish to study abroad. After at least two years of Russian language study, or one year plus one summer of intensive study, Macalester students can select one of the following approved programs:

  • Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program
    Smolny College is the only program in Russia to offer visiting North American students a broad range of liberal arts courses along with Russian as a Second Language (RSL). Strictly speaking, Smolny is not a “study abroad program.” It is a four-year college with a diverse curriculum, faculty, and student body.
  • Council on International Educational Exchange
    CIEE offers two programs in St. Petersburg and one language program
    Russian Language and Culture
    Russian Area Studies
    Intensive Summer Program
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  • Middlebury College
    The Middlebury College: Study Abroad in Russia program offers three unique opportunities for students who wish to immerse themselves in the study of Russian language and culture. Its programs in Irkutsk, Moscow, and Yaroslavl encourage linguistic and cultural integration into university and community life.
  • An up-to-date list of approved programs can be found on the Macalester Center for Study Away website.
  • Study Abroad Blogs
    Ruxi’s Model UN
  • Other Study Abroad Programs
    Other organizations offer study abroad programs in Russia. Please check with Macalester’s Russian Study Abroad Programs to ensure that the program you are interested in meets the eligibility requirements for academic credit. The faculty at Macalester have spent considerable time in Russia and can also advise you on what to expect.
  • American Councils Study Abroad in Russia
    American Councils offers four study abroad programs, including the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program, the Contemporary Russia Program, and the Heritage Speakers Program.
  • Math in Moscow
    Interested in Russian culture, but math is more your cup of tea than the Russian language? Consider a Math semester in Moscow, a research-oriented math program organized by the Independent University of Moscow, National Research University Higher School of Economics, and Moscow Center for Continuous Mathematical Education.
    (No knowledge of Russian required.).
  • School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS)
    SRAS has programs in 6 locations in Russia, two in Ukraine, and one in Kyrgyzstan. They can discuss with students the advantages of certain locations over others relative to each student’s academic, professional, or personal interests and objectives. They also have programs targeted at specific interests, including Acting in Russia, Central Asian Studies, Baikal Environmental Studies, Translation Abroad, and Sino-Russian Relations, among others.
  • Heritage speakers’ guide to studying abroad
  • Visit the AATSEEL website for a list of many more intensive languages and study abroad programs. 

Notes from Abroad

old tver

View of Old Tver’ from the bank of the Volga River

Kaitlyn Arctander writes: “The photo of the Volga is one of the first photos I took in Russia. I was with a group of really friendly Russian girls who wanted to make me feel at home. I had told them that in New York I lived by the water, and they brought me to the river to show me that my new home has water, too. We stayed by the river until nearly 2am when it started getting dark and had a picnic — it was also the first time I tried Kvas!”

the bronze horseman

the Bronze Horseman

Marisa Raether writes: “I studied abroad in St. Petersburg from January to May of 2007. In this picture, I am standing in front of the famous “Bronze Horseman” statue dedicated to Peter the Great, the founder of the city, which is situated on the bank of the Neva River near the Admiralty and St. Isaac’s Cathedral (which you can glimpse in the background). St. Petersburg is full of beautiful statues and monuments, and this one was my absolute favorite. I squealed with delight every morning when I rode by it in the bus on the way to school. This statue is especially famous for the poem inspired by, Aleksandr Pushkin’s “The Bronze Horseman,” in which the statue comes to life and pursues a young Petersburger. It never came to life while I was nearby, but I don’t doubt that it happens from time to time.

Black Sea Project

In 1998, Macalester College was awarded a grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding to send a team of 25 archaeologists, scholars, and specialists to participate in research activities in Chersonesus, Ukraine, as part of the Black Sea Project.