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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Vladimir, Russia
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Recommended GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Dormitory, Host Family
Language Prerequisite: 2 years of college level Russian preferred (with a grade of ‘B’ or better) College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business
Language of Instruction: English, Russian Class Level While Abroad: Sophomore or Junior
Language Courses Offered: Yes Minimum Credit Load: 16 credit program
Program Director: Laura Stipic Special Opportunities: Yes
Eligible Majors: Any Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval
Program Required References: Language Reference
Program Information:

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The Notre Dame program in Russia is operated by the American Council for International Education (ACIE). The Council has operated programs in Russia for over a quarter of a century and has the unique option of offering three locations in Russia. The first is in the country’s capital, Moscow, at Moscow International University. The second option is at the Russian State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, sometimes called Russia’s "window on the west." The third option is a program in the ancient town of Vladimir (120 miles east of Moscow) at the regional campus of the Moscow University for Small Business Management.

The selection of which campus to attend should be made in conjunction with the Russian faculty at Notre Dame and the ACIE staff in Washington who can help the student to make the right choice in terms of curriculum and other factors.

Program Dates*
Fall Semester: Late August through mid-December
Spring Semester: Late January through mid-May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Full-time American residential directors in St. Petersburg and Moscow monitor all aspects of the academic and cultural program. The directors assist participants with academic, administrative, and personal matters and coordinate activities with the host institution faculty.
  • Grading is according to the American system and course results are entered on the student’s records at the University of Notre Dame where they are included in the computation of the grade point average. The normal class load is 16 credits per semester.
  • One day a week the academic program consists of excursions conducted in Russian to places of cultural and historical interest. For example:
    • Moscow students might visit the Kremlin, Novodevichii Monastery and Cemetery, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Tret’iakov Gallery, Red October chocolate factory, Sergiev Posad, the KGB Museum, secondary schools, hospitals, studio theaters, newspaper editorial offices, and the Moscow City Council.
    • St. Petersburg students might visit the Hermitage, Pavlovsk, Petrodvorets, Piskarevskoe Memorial Gardens, Peter and Paul Fortress, Pushkin, Kresty Prisons, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Petersburg Municipal Court, and the St. Petersburg Russian Orthodox Seminary.
    • Vladimir includes day trips to Moscow plus meetings with local journalists and university students, the Museum of History, the Museum of Art, Uspenskii Cathedral, Dmitrievskii Cathedral, Museum of Local Crafts, public schools and Suzdal.
  • Students are required to participate in one seven to ten day trip per semester to one or more regions in Russia. Past trips have included destinations on the Golden Ring, the Black Sea Coast, Murmansk, Lake Baikal and Karelia.
  • The quality of a participant’s academic experience will depend on his or her ability to accept cultural differences gracefully, a willingness to participate earnestly in classes, and a desire to form productive, friendly relations with his or her instructors.
  • During vacations students may, of course, travel on their own, although their student visa does not allow them to leave and re-enter the country, which means that travel plans in Central and western Europe (or elsewhere) can best be carried out prior to entering Russia or at the end of one’s program of study.
  • A variety of Russian language classes selected on the basis of each student’s abilities in Russian
  • Courses dealing with contemporary Russian society, Russian history, literature and the arts, and the popular press in Russia. These are taught in Russian but will be aimed at students who are in the midst of developing their language skills. Students will be in groups of 5-8 people.
  • A new tutoring opportunity provides each program participant with a Russian peer tutor for two hours per week of language practice.
  • Classes meet five hours a day, four days a week. The fifth day is set aside for excursions.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Must have the equivalent of two years of college-level Russian with a grade of B or better.
  • Candidates must demonstrate adaptability to new situations, desire and motivation for residence and study abroad, and a satisfactory disciplinary record at Notre Dame.
  • Students must attend the pre-departure orientation conference sponsored by ACIE in Washington, D.C., and travel to Russia with the rest of the ACIE group is optional, though recommended. Housing and meals are provided during the orientation.
Special Considerations
  • This program is a two-stage acceptance program: students must first apply through myNDabroad. Once accepted by ND, there is a secondary application to this program administered through ACIE.
  • Russia requires an HIV test for visa application purposes.  Information about this requirement will be provided post-acceptance.  
Special Opportunities
  • Internships may be possible: ACIE will help place participants in non-paid internships with Russian and multinational businesses, non-governmental organizations and charitable groups for three to 10 hours per week. However, the participant’s Russian language ability and other relevant skills will play an important role in determining available internships. The internship may replace the area studies courses, but all students are required to continue with the language classes. Students must contact Notre Dame in advance if they want credit for their internship.

Housing and Meals
The ACIE programs offer students the choice of living in the university dormitory or staying with a host-family. As the home stay offers a rich cultural experience and positively complements the student’s academic program, most participants choose to live with a host family and evaluate the experience very highly. Some Russian universities have special dormitories for foreign students. Residents live with other members of the ACIE group and/or with Russian students in a suite of two rooms and a shared bathroom. There usually are some kitchen facilities in the dorms, and all dorms have cafeterias. Participants who choose to live in the dormitory will receive a monthly ruble stipend to cover food costs.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.