Visiting the biggest country  in the world (stretching 11 time zones)  will become the highlight of your summer. Often, usually through media, Russia is often associated with its politics, however Russia is not just politics, it’s a culturally rich and diverse country. Our trip will give you a new and different perspective on this historic country.

Located in Europe and Asia, Russia has a unique blend of cultures. You will see Red Square, learn how to dance folk dances, make Russian dumplings, see the famous lake Baikal, the deepest in the world, visit legendary museums, see the culture of Shamans, visit the tomb of Lenin, a cold war bunker, explore Yakutia, the coldest region in the world (but it will be hot during it’s short summer time), study the Russian language and begin to understand the “mysterious Russian soul”. Students will learn  the essential concepts of Russian culture,  will have an insight into the  Russian mentality  and the factors that have built it.

Each of the 3 locations gives a unique insight into old Russia, the Soviet Union and modern Russia.

Moscow is the current capital, cultural, political and financial hub of the country. What it’s like to be a Muscovite? You will learn about their lifestyle and see advantages and disadvantages of living in the biggest European city.

Irkutsk is a traditional Siberian city near the lake Baikal, the deepest and purest lake on Earth. Yearly thouthands of tourists come to see its beauty and experience the golory of mother nature. The neighboring region of Buryatia will introduce the local Shamanic culture and folk beliefs.

Yakutsk is located in the Republic of Sakha, the biggest region in Russia and the hometown of the coldest place on Earth (during the summer it’s usually hot due to the intensity of the climate). Sakha is rich with natural resources such as diamonds. All ⅓ of the world diamond production happens here. Related to the American natives, The Yakuts have similar lifestyle.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime between the priority and final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?
    • How can this program contribute to your future career?

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Russian Language: No previous knowledge of Russian is required.
  • Summer 1: If you are planning to go on another Dialogue during Summer 1, inform the faculty leaders immediately
  • Passport: Passport has to be valid at least 18 months after July 2018 (visa requirement) or if you don’t have a passport, apply for it immediately

Courses

Students are required to take:
  • CTRL 4944 - Cultural Engagement Abroad : The course starts with pre-departure readings of 2 books about Russian history and culture since early 9th century to the Soviet times. Daily field trips to Russian museums, important places and workshops will help students to understand what formed the Russian mentality and learn about Old Russia, Soviet and modern Russia lifestyle. This course counts as NU Core humanities level 1.
Choose one of the following:
  • RSSN 1301 - Elementary Russian Immersion I : Students with no previous knowledge of Russian will receive a Russian language immersion course that will help them to develop skills and apply them immediately in a native environment. Topics covered in the classroom will touch on everyday life, for example introducing yourself, eating out, getting around, etc. The course counts as elective. For Students with knowledge of Russian (Russian Language Immersion 2301, 2302, 3301, 3302): The students will receive Russian language instructions according to their language level that will extend their skills in conversation and comprehension. The most important part of the language course is to practice speaking outside of the classroom – in stores, cafes, etc. Students will be graded for their active language use as well as their work in the classroom. Students will benefit from studying the language in the linguistic environment.
  • RSSN 1302 - Elementary Russian Immersion 2 : Students with no previous knowledge of Russian will receive a Russian language immersion course that will help them to develop skills and apply them immediately in a native environment. Topics covered in the classroom will touch on everyday life, for example introducing yourself, eating out, getting around, etc. The course counts as elective. For Students with knowledge of Russian (Russian Language Immersion 2301, 2302, 3301, 3302): The students will receive Russian language instructions according to their language level that will extend their skills in conversation and comprehension. The most important part of the language course is to practice speaking outside of the classroom – in stores, cafes, etc. Students will be graded for their active language use as well as their work in the classroom. Students will benefit from studying the language in the linguistic environment.
  • RSSN 2301 - Intermediate Russian Immersion 1 : Students with no previous knowledge of Russian will receive a Russian language immersion course that will help them to develop skills and apply them immediately in a native environment. Topics covered in the classroom will touch on everyday life, for example introducing yourself, eating out, getting around, etc. The course counts as elective. For Students with knowledge of Russian (Russian Language Immersion 2301, 2302, 3301, 3302): The students will receive Russian language instructions according to their language level that will extend their skills in conversation and comprehension. The most important part of the language course is to practice speaking outside of the classroom – in stores, cafes, etc. Students will be graded for their active language use as well as their work in the classroom. Students will benefit from studying the language in the linguistic environment.
  • RSSN 2302 - Intermediate Russian Immersion 2 : Students with no previous knowledge of Russian will receive a Russian language immersion course that will help them to develop skills and apply them immediately in a native environment. Topics covered in the classroom will touch on everyday life, for example introducing yourself, eating out, getting around, etc. The course counts as elective. For Students with knowledge of Russian (Russian Language Immersion 2301, 2302, 3301, 3302): The students will receive Russian language instructions according to their language level that will extend their skills in conversation and comprehension. The most important part of the language course is to practice speaking outside of the classroom – in stores, cafes, etc. Students will be graded for their active language use as well as their work in the classroom. Students will benefit from studying the language in the linguistic environment.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,250
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

International Airfare: $1,300 - 1,500
  • This program allows students greater flexibility in dates of travel and departure airports.  Once the program is fully enrolled, students will be able to purchase their airfare individually through a dedicated Northeastern portal of STA – Student Travel Agency.  Please do not purchase your airfare until you have received detailed instructions from GEO!

Additional Estimated Expenses: $1,015
  • Students should anticipate spending the above out of pocket expenses during the program for meals and incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

We will visit Moscow, the capital of Russia, and it’s the biggest city. It is the center of Russian’s business, political and entertainment all in one, which can be compared to having LA, NY and Washington, DC all in one place. The journey continues to Yakutsk, it is a unique city, the diamond capital of Russia. After Yakutsk the group will go to Irkutsk and will visit the famous lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world. During Irkutsk stay there will be a short trip to Buryatiya the Buddhist region next to Mongolia.

Accommodations

  • Hostels: During each stay students will be living in hostels in the downtown near supermarkets, grocery stores, cafes and restaurants. They include free WiFi, washing machines will be available at the additional cost (about $2 per load). Each hostel has a microwave and a refrigerator. The hostel in Irkutsk has cooking utensils and a stove.

Host University or Organization

Language Link is an international school that offers a range of Russian language courses. They partner with Dickinson College, Goucher College and University of New Hampshire.

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