Program Dates: May 13 - June 1, 2019
Mother Russia Calling introduces students to the major themes of Russian civilization (language, history, literature, politics) from the founding of the Kievan State in the late ninth century to the present.
RU 34101: Mother Russia Calling
This course will count for 3 credits toward the major and minor in Russian, the major in History, and the University History requirement.
The course consists of both a classroom and experiential (study abroad) component. In spring 2017, students will meet for approximately 6 seventy-five-minute periods on the Notre Dame campus for lectures and discussions led by Notre Dame faculty. From May 15 – June 2, students will take part in a study tour to the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Student assessment will be based on the following elements 1. attendance at all campus and study abroad events 2. oral presentations on selected topics/sites and 3. final paper.
The study tour in Moscow and St. Petersburg includes over fifty hours of on-site visits to many of the cultural landmarks discussed in the classroom portion of the course. Students will visit and study sites such as the Kremlin, Red Square, the Tretyakov Gallery, and Novodevichy Monastery (Moscow) and the Hermitage (the former Winter Palace), St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peterhof, and the Peter and Paul Fortress (St. Petersburg). In addition, there will be nine hours of classroom instruction directed by English-speaking faculty from Moscow International University and the Russian State Pedagogical University (St. Petersburg), which will be specifically tailored to the sites visited. Finally, cultural aspects of the trip will be enhanced by several performances (for example, at the Moscow Conservatory or the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg) and opportunities for participants to meet with Russian students from our host universities.
Program Calendar (Summer dates tentative outside of arrival and departure)
February 1, 2019 - Application Deadline
February 8-15, 2019 - Decisions Announced
Mid/late April, 2019 - Safety Summit held on campus
Mid/late April, 2019 - Pre-departure meeting held on campus
May 13, 2019 - Arrival into Moscow
7-10 days spent in Moscow
7-10 days spent in St. Petersburg
June 1, 2019 - Departure from Russia
All Notre Dame freshmen, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors in good academic standing and in compliance with community standards. Visiting students also eligible. There is no Russian language requirement. At this time we cannot accept ROTC students into the program. Although ROTC students are not on active duty Russia may interpret this differently therefore traveling to Russia is a security risk. Students who were born in Russia or have parents who were born in Russia/former Soviet Union may need additional paperwork during the visa process. This may cause visa delays or potential denials.
Housing and Meals
Dormitories at two host universities: Moscow International University and the Russian State Pedagogical University (St. Petersburg). Double and triple rooms with bathrooms.
Breakfast is provided. Students are responsible for their lunches and dinners in the city. Cooking facility is not provided in the dorms.
$6,000 (Limited scholarships in the $1,000 - $2,000 range will be offered based on demonstrated financial need)
Program Fee INCLUDES:
- 3 Credits Notre Dame tuition
- housing and all breakfasts
- 3 additional meals
- excursions and cultural events
- transfer to and from airport in Russia and local transport
- visa and insurance
Program Fee DOES NOT include:
- most afternoon and evening meals (approx. $600)
- round trip airfare (approx. $600-$1,200)
- text books
- personal spending
- passport photos/HIV test for Visa
Financial assistance for summer study abroad programs is limited to private educational loans or the Federal PLUS (Parent) loan. University Scholarship is not offered for summer study abroad.
Information and application procedures are available on the Office of Financial Aid website. Please note the April 25th deadline for some summer loan applications.
- HIV blood test is need for the visa application
- Complete the Study Abroad Application Questionnaire (ND and Non-ND students)
- Complete Non-ND Student Supplemental Information Questionnaire (Non-ND students)
- Sign Summer Program Participation Agreement form (ND and Non-ND students)
- Provide one FACULTY academic recommendation (ND and Non-ND students)
- Provide one STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR approval (Non-ND students only)
- Passport needs to be valid for 18 months prior to program departure. MUST have passport by February in order to obtain a visa in time for program.
- Students meet Spring semester 6 times for 75 minutes
- Students who were born in Russia or have parents who were born in Russia/former Soviet Union may need additional paperwork during the visa process. This may cause visa delays or potential denials.
- At this time we cannot accept ROTC students into the program. Although ROTC students are not on active duty Russia may interpret this differently therefor traveling to Russia may pose a security risk.
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 of your anticipated 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. You can get more information about obtaining and renewing passports here: United States Postal Service.