Moscow Study Tour, May 9-25, 2008

An Introduction to the Culture and History of Russia

REES 310/Russian 310, 2 credits
(with option of additional independent study credit)

This study abroad program introduces students to the culture and history of Russia. Alaina Lemon, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, will direct the course and lead the study tour. No pre-requisite courses are required. Lectures will be given by leading professors at the Russian State University for the Humanities, and will include culture, fine arts, history, political science, and sociology. Guided tours to some of Moscow's most famous sites will complement this interdisciplinary set of lectures. Participants will also have several opportunities to meet and interact with students from Russian State University for the Humanities. A detailed trip itinerary including lecture titles and tour destinations will be posted in December.

Unlike other U-M study abroad opportunities to Russia this study tour has no language requirements. However, students with no knowledge of Russian are encouraged to use the "Pimsleur" or "Ultimate Russian" learning kits available from the Language Resource Center prior to their departure. Professor Lemon is fluent in Russian and will accompany students to tour organized events; students will also have some free time to shop and site-see on their own. All students will depart from Detroit Metropolitan Airport on the same flight and return from Moscow as a group. The Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) will make travel arrangements for the group, and Professor Alaina Lemon will travel with the students.

Who is Professor Alaina Lemon?

Professor Lemon is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and a CREES faculty associate. Click here for Prof. Lemon's website.

How will I be graded?

A reading list for the study tour will be forthcoming. Students will be required to keep a journal while in Moscow. Upon return, students will write an essay incorporating elements of the lectures, readings, and their experiences with people and places in Moscow. The essay will serve as the primary basis for evaluating performance, along with full participation in all lectures and excursions.

How much will the study tour cost?

Click here for information on projected costs and payment schedule for the Moscow Study Tour (PDF). You may use this cost sheet when applying for financial aid. The required minimum enrollment for financial aid in the Spring Term is three credit hours. If you intend to apply for financial aid, you may wish to consult with Professor Lemon or another faculty member about an additional credit hour of independent study related to this or another course. Contact the Office of Financial Aid in January to apply and complete a "Request for Funds" form. Students who qualify for financial aid during the academic year generally qualify for Spring Term.

CREES has limited fellowship funds available for students participating in this study abroad program. 

Will I need a passport and visa?

Yes, a passport and visa are required. Applicants who do not already have a passport should apply for one immediately. Click here for information on how to obtain a passport. CREES will assist students admitted to this study tour with the visa application process.

Will I need international health insurance?

Yes. Starting on January 1, 2008, the University of Michigan requires that undergraduate students participating in U-M education abroad (study/work/volunteer) programs organized by U-M departments/units or for which in-residence U-M credit is granted buy the University's Travel Abroad Health Insurance. The cost for this policy is included in the program fee. CREES will purchase insurance coverage for the participants for duration of the study abroad program. Students planning to do additional travel after the program, including leisure travel, may purchase coverage for themselves for these extra days. 

How can I apply to participate on the Moscow Study Tour?

Click here for Application Forms (PDF). Completed applications must be submitted to the address below by February 8, 2008.

Notification of acceptance will be made by February 20. Admitted students will be given permission to enroll for the study tour under one of the course numbers during the 2008 Spring/Summer Term registration period and be required to attend a pre-departure orientation program organized by CREES.

How can I find out more?

An information session will be held from 3-5 pm on Thursday, January 24 in 1644 International Institute/SSWB.

For more information, contact:

Center for Russian and East European Studies
University of Michigan
1080 South University Ave., Suite 4668
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Phone: 734.764.0351
Fax: 734.763.4765