The Middlebury in Moscow, Russia program is a supported enrollment program offered during the fall, spring, and academic year to students with at least 4 semesters of Russian. The program is focused on students gaining a high level of proficiency in the Russian language. Students live with a homestay family to ensure the most intensive immersion into the local culture.
Students take advanced Russian language courses, Russian culture classes as well as courses at the local university. All courses are taught in Russian.
Students can take their courses at the Middlebury center in Russian language, literature, and culture, with content seminars, "spetskursy", focusing on economics, politics, history, and regional studies. Middlebury's host institution, the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), offers a full range of courses in the humanities and social sciences. Advanced students may also choose to take some of their university courses at the Shchukin Theater Institute or the Higher School of Economics.
Participation in extracurricular pursuits is a major priority of the program. On-site staff and university faculty work actively to assist students in locating individual activities.The program strongly encourages participants to pursue individual activities outside of classes and away from the other American students in the group.
The program organizes one or two out-of-town trips for program participants each semester, to cities and regions of historical and cultural interest. A limited number of city excursions are also organized each semester, at each site.
All students live in single rooms with carefully selected homestay families. Homestays allow students to have a higher level of cultural immersion during their semester abroad.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.