Moscow Plus Program
Sponsored by American Councils of Teachers of Russian
In 2002, the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin introduced an innovative summer study program, the Moscow Plus Program, which provided students with a program of intensive study of Russian language and culture in Moscow. Since then, the program has evolved into an in-country program for developing advanced language skills and cultural literacy for students wishing to understand better life and living in the Russian capital city!
The new Moscow Plus Program still provides first-rate intensive classes in Russian language and culture; but instruction is not confined to the classroom. Bridge course students have opportunities to try out their communication skills in real-life situational environments all over the city of Moscow: in shops, restaurants, business and government establishments—wherever Russian is used in specific situations! Students enroll only for the Second-Summer Session, and will receive five weeks of instruction and participate in cultural excursions and a weekend in St. Petersburg. A UT Resident Director accompanies the group for the duration of its time abroad.
Bridge Courses in Language & Culture
Participants will take courses in language and contemporary culture, and receive six total hours of UT credit for Russian Culture (REE 325) and Russian Linguistics (REE 325). Note that students must have taken one year of Russian to participate in this Second-Summer-Session study program in Moscow. (Those with one year of Russian will take Intermediate-level REE 325 courses and those with two or more years of Russian will take Advanced-level REE 325 courses.) These courses are taught by Moscow International University faculty M-TH for four hours a day. Students are also paired with Russian peer tutors to assist with coursework and help immerse them in the local culture. A full time UT Resident Director staffs the program in Moscow.
Information session: Friday, November 14, 2014, CLA 1.302C, 4 to 5pm.
Deadline to apply: February 13, 2015
Summer II session (in Moscow): July 10 - August 14, 2015 [proposed]
Costs and Features
Students do not pay UT tuition during the Moscow Plus program. Instead, students pay only an Affiliated Studies Fee and UT insurance (under $500 total). The Moscow Plus program fee covers almost all parts of the summer session abroad. Projected program cost for 2015 is $7400. This fee covers:
- Round trip airfare between Austin and Moscow
- Five weeks tuition at Moscow International University
- Five weeks of double occupancy in the MIU dormitory
- Two meals per day in the university cafeteria
- Personal Russian tutor for five weeks
- River cruise on the Moscow River
- Bus tour of Moscow City
- Tour of the Kremlin and Red Square
- Excursion to the Tretyakov Art Museum
- Day trip to the Tolstoy Estate at Yasnaya Polyana
- Overnight train passage to St. Petersburg
- Accommodations in St. Petersburg for two nights
- Excursions in St. Petersburg
Additional Program Features:
Your Program Director in Moscow will also arrange a separate program of cultural enhancement. The program varies from year to year, but UT students in the 2013 program enjoyed:
- Opera “Evgeny Onegin”
- Play “Master & Margarita”
- Play “The Immigrants”
- Soccer match at Dinamo Stadium
- Ballet “Swan Lake”
- Moscow Planetarium
- Moscow film studios tour
- Lenin’s sanitarium and museum
- Moscow Hippodrome
- Traditional Russian banya (sauna)
- Group dinner at a Georgian restaurant
Scholarships/financial aid may be available.
Language of Instruction
Both courses are taught in Russian.
Second summer session taught in Moscow by Moscow International University faculty, with a full-time UT Resident Director. The Moscow Plus Faculty Program Director is Dr. Thomas J. Garza.
Moscow Plus students earn three hours of credit for each course, totaling six hours for the term.
The Moscow Plus Program is open to current UT students from all colleges and schools who have taken a minimum of one year of Russian. It is also recommended that students have a minimum 2.5 GPA and are in good academic standing Note: Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance!
Students live in dormitory-style housing. A double room with bath is typical. On-premises cafeteria provides breakfast and lunch. Students must adhere to all dormitory rules, including a strict no alcohol policy. For dorm photos click here.
The first step in applying for the Moscow Plus (MP) program is to contact the Study Abroad advisor for MP, Daniel Ach (by email or phone, 512-471-6965). He will obtain some information from you and then authorize you to access the MP application.
Once you're authorized, go to the Study Abroad page (https://world.utexas.edu/abroad/students/apply) and click MySAO on the left below the navigation menu. It should prompt you for your EID, and then open a customized page for you with some information already filled in. You will have to enter some additional information, such as the Moscow Plus application code of 290078, and pay a nonrefundable $50 application fee.
When you agree to pay the application fee, you will get access to the rest of the application (where you will submit your essay to be approved to attend the program).