Study Abroad

The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies gives students the opportunity to study abroad and explore the world through the UA study abroad programs of Arizona Russian Abroad. The study abroad programs are administered by the UA Office of Study Abroad and Student Exchange.  

The Russia programs were initiated in 1971 by Professor Del Phillps and are directed by Professor Del Phillips. Students from over 110 colleges and universities from the US, Canada, and Europe have studied abroad through these programs in Russia in Moscow and St. Petersburg which are offered for the Fall, Spring, Summer, and Academic Year schedules.


"In 2012, I studied abroad in Moscow, Russia through the Arizona-Russian Abroad program offered by the University of Arizona. During the short eight months that I spent there, I learned so much more about the culture, history and every day life of Russia; things that one could never learn by reading a textbook. All of this knowledge came from not only visiting the famous museums and watching a ballet or two at the State Kremlin Palace, but also by going on a relaxing walk through Sokol’niki Park (my personal favorite part in Moscow) and having casual conversation with Muscovites. And half way through each semester, just when the students were growing tired from studying, we took a week-long to different cities: the first to Saint Petersburg, the second - Kazan. As a result of experiencing the submersion into such a different country, I have countless memories of my time there, a greater respect for Russia and the people and have become much more fluent in the Russian language (three months into the semester I had passed the state exams and achieved the Level-1 Certificate)." 

-Keith Wright, about study abroad experience


Language Instruction Program in Moscow

The language instruction program in Moscow accepts students at all levels of Russian language instruction. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students have all benefied from the program since they receive 20 hours of instruction per week. First or second year students receive special instruction in the areas of Grammar, Conversation, and Phonetics. Upper division students add Newspaper Reading, Literature, composition, and film.   All participants in Moscow, as an additional part of their program automatically receive  two tutorial hours on a one-to-one basis with their head instructor.  Participants have the opportunity to visit local sites of importance, to hear world-class concerts, and attend important cultural events (After all, Moscow is the capital!). All instruction follows the curriculum established by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. Students who wish to study or work in Russia in the future must pass a proficiency examination on this curricular material at the Certificate I level.  The exam (optional) is given free of charge each semester. Students who achieve any proficiency rating receive a beautiful signed certificate from the Ministry of Education.

Language Instruction Program in St. Petersburg

The Russian language instruction program is also available in St. Petersburg. During Summer Session I students have the opportunity to study abroad at St. Petersburg State University with coordination by the Russian Language Center. For 2011, the St. Petersburg academic program will be coordinated by Professor Nina Petrovna Koloyartseva, recognized as one of the leading methodologists in Russia today. Nina Petrovna is a veteran of over45 years of experience teaching Russian to foreign students and instructors. She is the author of over 30 publications in the area of Russian as a foreign language, and has coordinated many academic programs for American universities and institutes.

The application deadline for the Language Instruction Programs in St. Petersburg and Moscow is February 15 for Summer, April 15 for Fall/Academic Year, and Oct 15 for Spring.

Internship Programs in Moscow

The UARA program arranges internships through an internship coordinator in Moscow at MHU. These work-related internships are available for thesummer program and for each semester. There are great opportunities for students who are interested in applying their Russian language skills in areal-world firm as an intern. During the internship, students will be working approximately 20 hours per week. Students in their first or second year of Russian studies will receive instruction in the areas of grammar, conversation and phonetics. Students who are in their third or fourth year of Russian studies will receive 15 academic hours of instruction per week in the area of conversation, grammar, phonetics, and Russian business terminology. Tutorials are available on an individual basis twice a week.

Study Abroad Testimonials