ACTR Russia in Moscow, Vladimir, St. Petersburg, and Eurasia

  • Location: Moscow, Vladimir, St. Petersburg, and Eurasia, Russia
  • Language of Instruction: Russian and various "target" languages
  • Minimum GPA: n/a
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


The Moscow International University is located in central Moscow, the capital of Russia. About 1/10 of the Russian population is concentrated in the urban area, making it the most populous city in Europe. It is the site of the famous Kremlin, which serves as the center of the national government, Saint Basil’s Cathedral with its elegant onion domes, and the Danilov Monastery (residence of the Patriarch of Moscow who serves as the head of the Russian Orthodox Church). Moscow is the heart of the Russian ballet and performance arts.

The CORA Center for Russian Language Study is in Vladimir, which is located on the river Klyazma, to the east of Moscow. It has a population of approximately 358,000. Vladimir is the medieval capital of Russia, and home to impressive landmarks like the Assumption Cathedral, St. Demitrius Cathedral, and the Golden Gate.

Russian State Pedagogical University is located in central St. Petersburg. The city is located in Northwestern Russia on the delta of the river Neva at the east end of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. With about 4.7 million inhabitants, it is today Russia’s second largest city, Europe’s fourth largest city, a major European cultural center and the most important Russian Baltic Sea port. The city is full of churches and palaces, and public monuments and buildings of great beauty and importance. There is always something to do in this city with numerous cultural and social events.

Both group and individualized programs for in-country study in Eurasia (also known as the former Soviet Union and Commonwealth of Independent States) include Azeri , Buryat Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajikstan, Uzbekistan,Yakut, and Turkmenistan in Central Asia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Transcaucasus, and Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in Eastern Europe.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and partial board to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee.

  • Requirements

    RLAS requires two years of college-level (or equivalent) Russian language study for the Intermediate-level and three years for the Advanced-level. ERL requires two years of college level (or equivalent) of Russian language, target language or a related language with an intermediate-high proficiency. Students must be independent, resourceful and flexible. Students studying in Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan must take an HIV test for entry into the country. Students must also enroll in an appropriate-level Russian language or target language course. 

    Academic Credit

    Undergraduate and graduate level courses are accredited through Bryn Mawr College, which is an institution member of ACTR/ACCELS. Upon successful completion of the program, Bryn Mawr issues 16 undergraduate semester hours of credit, depending on the program of study, equivalent to four Haverford credits. For the academic year, Bryn Mawr issues 32 undergraduate semester hours, equal to eight Haverford credits. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Russian Language and Area Studies (RLAS) focuses on improving Russian language skills through oral, listening, reading, and writing study. Eurasian Regional Language Program (ELA) focuses on improving target language skills through phonetic, grammar, conversation, composition, oral comprehension, and reading study.

    Course Highlights

    Russian Area Studies, Culture, Economics, History, Literature, and Politics.

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Mandatory pre-departure session in Washington D.C. Students are also required to take the group flight from Washington to Moscow.

    Number of Students: Approximately 30-40 students attend the semester study programs and approximately 25 students attend the yearlong study programs.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Dorms or home stays. 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners per week are included in the program fee.

    Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Both programs include travel and cultural programs. RLAS: Qualiiied students can take up to two courses at the local university. Research and independent study projects can replace one of the area studies courses. Internships and volunteer work can be arranged with orphanages, soup kitchens, private volunteer organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Peer tutors assist students with their studies. ELA: Previous language studies include Chechen, Farsi, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Ukrainian, and Uzbek. Students enroll in small group classes or individual tutorials.


Students who are applying to study in Russia must have both parents sign the Parent Waiver on the Travel Resources website.  We also strongly suggest that parents of students studying abroad, especially in Russia, also have valid passports.

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester/Year
  • Semester I: Late August to late December
  • Semester II: Mid-January to mid-May
  • Year: Late August to mid-May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 15
  • Semester II: September 21
  • Year: February 15
Faculty Contact

Linda Gerstein

Dan Davidson