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  • Locations: Irkutsk, Russia; Moscow, Russia; Yaroslavl, Russia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.
Program Description:

Advanced Russian Language
and Culture in Russia


Dancers in Russia

The C.V. Starr-Middlebury College School in Russia is designed for students at an intermediate to advanced level of Russian who wish to immerse themselves in the study of the Russian language and culture. Students will study in one of three distinct locations in Russia.

Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline


  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing by program start date
  • 2.7 Cumulative GPA
  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum 4 semesters of college-level Russian with 3.0 in subject
  • Students are expected to be enrolled in a language class during the semester prior to going abroad.
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Single-semester students generally take 4 language and civilization courses designed for the program, plus an additional special topics course. For those with sufficient preparation, this may be taken from the regular offerings at the University. In the second semester, students continue language instruction but are allowed 2-3 specially organized courses and up to 2 regular University courses. Course options vary by location, but in general the courses center around Russian language, literature, culture, politics, and history.

As an interesting complement to their study of the Russian language and culture, students of advanced Russian ability have the opportunity to pursue unpaid internships as part of the School in Russia program.

15 Michigan in-residence credits

Instruction is in Russian.

Please visit the Middlebury College website for more information on the program, course options and the internship.

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).


Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Academic Year 2013-14 Budget Estimate
Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Academic Year 2014-15 Budget Estimate

Scholarships and Funding

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need.

Sources for Funding Global Study

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.

Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • One Academic Recommendation Form and one Russian Language Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
  • U-M Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure 
  • Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
  • Partner Institution Application (paper form)
  • Partner Application Fee 
  • Statement of Purpose   
  • Writing Sample in Russian
  • Syllabus from most recent Russian course
  • Online Language Assessment
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.


Housing is via homestay.  See this link for more information.

The compositions of host families and the locations of apartments vary from site to site, and within individual cities. Some hosts may be young or middle-aged couples, while others will be single mothers with children or widows who wish to host a visiting student. In some cities, particularly Moscow, there may be a lengthy commute between home and the university. An hour-long commute is common, but it is worth keeping in mind that by Moscow standards this is quite reasonable and that commutes of up to an hour and a half are common for many Muscovites.

Students are placed in individual homes by School in Russia staff, based on information provided in a post-acceptance Housing Questionnaire. Care is taken to place students according to individual needs (dietary, health, etc.), and when possible, personal preferences are also taken into account.

Each student is given his or her own room in the host apartment, with linens provided. Board includes breakfast and dinner on weekdays and three meals per day on weekends.  (In Moscow only, students now have a choice between receiving board from the family or cooking for themselves.) 

In order to maintain authenticity in the host family environment, the School in Russia does not make any other material demands on the hosts. Certain hosts may have amenities like washing machines or computers, but since these items are not always found in normal Russian households, not all hosts will have them.

Need to Know

Partner Institution: Middlebury College
Middlebury-CGIS Program Supplement
C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Russia Handbooks 

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019
03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019
03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Winter 2020 09/15/2019
11/15/2019 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.