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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

Across Russia’s borders, you can get a unique look at its culture, civilization, history, and language. Engaging courses taught in English include guest lectures, field trips to important sites within the country, and an interactive, discussion-based classroom.

Unique study opportunities

  • Explore media headlines and politics through the eyes of Russian citizens.
  • Participate in a directed research project of your own design with a faculty advisor in Russia.
  • Learn the evolution of modern Russian government.
  • Evaluate the truths behind Russian fairy tales and children’s literature.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Required

This program offers lower-division Russian language study at the beginning to intermediate levels.

You’ll take a Russian language class based on your level of proficiency. Language study continues throughout the term to build your Russian grammar and conversation skills.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Five courses for a total of 25.5 quarter/17 semester UC units.
  • You may choose to take up to two courses for pass/no pass credit.
  • All courses but Russian language are considered upper-division.
  • Attend and participate in all classes.

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Five courses for a total of 25.5 quarter/17 semester UC units.
  • You may choose to take up to two courses for pass/no pass credit.
  • All courses but Russian language are considered upper-division.
  • Attend and participate in all classes.

Current Program Courses

Courses offered during the fall and spring semester program are:

  • Russian Grammar (lower division) – 6 quarter/4 semester UC units
  • Russian Conversation (lower division) – 6 quarter/4 semester UC units

Three area studies courses (upper division) – 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units each. Exact offerings may vary slightly depending on enrollment and instructor availability:

  • Russian History: Rise, Consolidation, and Progress
  • Russian Fairy Tales
  • Contemporary Russian Politics & Governance
  • Russian Civilization: Popular Stereotypes and Social Behavior
  • Ethnic Studies: National & Ethnic Issues in Modern Russia
  • Intercultural Communication & Leadership
  • Directed Independent Research
  • The Arts of St. Petersburg
  • A Century of Russian Cinema

Research (optional): In lieu of one of the area studies courses, you have the option of enrolling in a Directed Independent Research course (INDR 3901 RASP). In this course, you meet with a faculty advisor throughout the semester for assistance with your research. The course requires a topic research proposal, which an on-site coordinator reviews for approval. ​

Courses offered during the fall and spring semester program are:

  • Russian Grammar (lower division) – 6 quarter/4 semester UC units
  • Russian Conversation (lower division) – 6 quarter/4 semester UC units

Three area studies courses (upper division) – 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units each. Exact offerings may vary slightly depending on enrollment and instructor availability:

  • Russian History: Rise, Consolidation, and Progress
  • Russian Fairy Tales
  • Contemporary Russian Politics & Governance
  • Russian Civilization: Popular Stereotypes and Social Behavior
  • Ethnic Studies: National & Ethnic Issues in Modern Russia
  • Intercultural Communication & Leadership
  • Directed Independent Research
  • The Arts of St. Petersburg
  • A Century of Russian Cinema

Research (optional): In lieu of one of the area studies courses, you have the option of enrolling in a Directed Independent Research course (INDR 3901 RASP). In this course, you meet with a faculty advisor throughout the semester for assistance with your research. The course requires a topic research proposal, which an on-site coordinator reviews for approval. ​

Catalogs and resources

  • Fall and spring courses: Scroll to the bottom of the page to the section titled Curriculum to find course offerings and syllabi.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

You will be taking courses with other study abroad students from the US, not Russian students. Courses are 90 minutes long and taught by local professors with many years of experience teaching American students. Russian teaching emphasizes in-class learning. However, courses on this program incorporate time outside of class for cultural activities, excursions, and class field trips. Area studies classes may also include visiting lecturers, topic-specific visits to museums, and other co-curricular activities.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Fall semester grades are usually reported to your campus in late January. Spring semester grades are usually reported to your campus in late June.