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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Russian Express 2014

Learn Russian in Kiev and Moscow! 

4 Weeks in Kiev – 4 Weeks in Moscow

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new summer study abroad program. This overseas adventure will combine intensive Russian language-learning and cultural immersion, with lectures and excursions that highlight the history, culture and contemporary politics of Russia and Ukraine.

Your educational journey will begin in Kiev, the current capital of Ukraine, and the medieval capital of Kieven Rus’—a historical entity claimed by both Russians and Ukrainians. In Kiev, students will study Russian at the highly innovative and effective NovaMova International School, while living with Russian-speaking families. Here you will learn about the complicated relationship between Russians and Ukrainians, past and present, as you live for four weeks in Ukraine’s captivating capital city.

From Kiev, you will follow the trail of Russian history—by overnight train—to Russia’s late medieval, and current capital, Moscow. In Moscow, students will live in dorms with Russian roommates and study Russian language at the Moscow School of Higher Economics, one of the most prestigious institutions in the Russian Federation. Your intensive language program will continue, supplemented by content-based lectures and excursions in Moscow, where you will be exposed to Russian culture, history and contemporary issues.

This program runs in conjunction with Project GO, which includes ROTC students. Students will be accompanied by a UT-appointed Resident Advisor, Elliott Nowacky (, who is also the Project GO Coordinator. 


** NEW AS OF DECEMBER 20th** Click HERE for an abridged copy of the Russian Express Information Session Slides including updated information about the NovaMova International Language School in Kiev 


In order to be eligible to participate in this program, all participants must be:

  • A student of The University of Texas at Austin, graduate or undergraduate, who has completed (or achieved) an Intermediate- or Second-year equivalency in the Russian language by the start date of the program.
  • Have a valid passport that does not expire before February 15, 2015.
  • No citizenship requirements.


All participants must partake in the following:

  1. Pre- and post-travel Russian language examinations to assess level of competency and progress
  2. Participation in a pre-travel orientation on June 7, 2014 (students depart for Kiev the next day, June 8th)
  3. Participation in a post-travel program evaluation (online survey) administered by the US Department of Education 
  4. An eight-week study abroad program: four weeks of study in Kiev, Ukraine (June 9-July 6) and four weeks in Moscow, Russia (July 7-August 2).


Important Liability Information **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**

No University of Texas at Austin student, faculty, or staff can be required to a Restricted Region ( Any participation in travel to a Restricted Region is strictly voluntary, and the participant assumes full responsibility for all risks associated with this travel.


Application Process:

Spaces are limited in this program. In the event that we have more students than we can accommodate, spots will be allocated on a competitive basis.

**Change** The deadline to apply is now February 14th 2014, at 5:00pm. Required application materials include:

  • A completed “Russian Express Application” with basic contact information, program relevant information and a Personal Statement (500 words or less) on how the “Russian Express” program, and proficiency in the Russian language specifically, will further the applicant’s educational or professional goals. 

           Click HERE to complete the online application   

  • A .pdf format scan of your transcript emailed to <> with “Russian Express Application: YOUR FULL NAME” in the subject line.
  • Letter of Reference from a professor assessing the applicant’s Russian language skills and explaining how the applicant might be a good fit for this program and would use it to their professional advantage. (Letters should be signed, printed on official letterhead and scanned into a .pdf file format). Letters should be emailed directly to <> from the professor, with “Russian Express Application: YOUR FULL NAME” in the subject line. Please provide the professor with these instructions. 

            Click HERE for useful tips in completing your application.   


  • Students must pay the program fee of approximately $6740, which includes roundtrip airfare, tuition, housing, some meals, all ground transportation and excursions.
  • A $400 affiliation fee, a one-time application fee of $50, Russian visa costs (approximately $250) and health insurance coverage through the Study Abroad Office for the duration of travel ($19/week for a total of $152), plus the cost of any required pre-departure check-ups, tests and inoculations.
  • Students will also need spending money for personal purchases, some meals, telecommunications and internet, independent travel, transportation and/or sightseeing outside of group activities.


  • This program is Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship eligible. This means undergraduate and graduate students can apply through the Center for European Studies to have your trip fully funded
  • Visit UT's Study Abroad page for scholarship opportunities.

For more information, please contact Mr. Elliott Nowacky at <>.


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