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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia; St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Short-term Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Short-term Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Short-term Summer 2019 01/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Program Advisor: Søren Peterson
Program Description:


St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

This program introduces you to the history, culture, and politics of Russia. You will visit the Czarist capital of St. Petersburg and the modern capital of Moscow. By examining the history, politics, and culture of Russia, along with exploring the two major cities, you will have the opportunity to gain a much better understanding of one of the world’s great countries.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the nature and impact of the Soviet system.
  • To understand the political and economic situation in contemporary Russia.
  • To understand the culture and attitudes of modern Russia and its people.

Travel Dates:

May 22-June 2, 2018




POLS 492/592 Politics and Culture of Russia, 3 credits (syllabus)

  • INTS 492/592 Politics and Culture of Russia, 3 credits
  • MFL 492/592 Politics and Culture of Russia, 3 credits




After we have admitted you to this program, CAGE will register you in the appropriate course (if more than one option is available, you will need to indicate your choice on the Course Registration Form). You will not be able to register yourself in WebAdvisor.



Participants will stay in shared hotel accommodations arranged by the program.



Program Expenses

Wondering how much it's going to cost? See Budget Sheet for information about total program costs, payment schedule, and the withdrawal and refund policy.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

How am I going to pay for it? See our Financial Assistance page for a list of USD and external scholarships.

To inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible (non-USD students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution). NOTE: To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer or 12 credits during fall/spring semester.



Application Instructions

Applications—including all required pre-decision materials and recommendations—must be submitted online by the deadline specified in the Dates/Deadlines section on this page. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. To start an application, click the Apply Now button on this page. If the Apply Now button does not appear, applications are either not open yet, or it is past the deadline.

If you have started an application already, use the LOGIN (USD applicants) or NON-USD LOGIN (non-USD applicants) link on this site to return to the materials.

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to students of all majors. Preference will be given to applicants from political science, international studies, criminal justice, and modern languages and linguistics.

This program is open to applicants from any institution, although preference will be given to USD students.

All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.



Faculty Director

Tim Schorn is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at USD, where he teaches Soviet and post-Soviet law, politics, and history. He has been to Russia twice and has led 11 international faculty-led programs to England, Italy, Cuba, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel and Palestine. Additionally he has been stationed, studied, and taught in Europe for a total period of 40 months.

Ilmira Dulyanova is an instructor of Russian at USD. She is a native Russian speaker and grew up in the Soviet Union and former Soviet Union, and she has taught English and Russian at two universities in the US and former Soviet Union.

Contact Us

For general inquiries, contact the faculty director ( or the Center for Academic & Global Engagement (

To schedule an advising session with Søren Peterson in CAGE, go to



For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.