Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Moscow Plus

Sponsored by American Councils of Teachers of Russian

The Texas Language Center offers intensive summer Russian courses for students at all levels -- including students with no Russian. Moscow Plus focuses on increasing functional proficiency in the language and immersion in culture. Students gain skill and confidence in speaking and listening outside the classroom. First- and second-year students earn a full year of Russian credit in 10 weeks by taking the first half of the course at UT-Austin in Summer Session I, followed by the second half at Moscow International University (MIU) during Summer Session II. Students who have completed at least 2 years of Russian can take "Bridge Course: Culture in Context," two 3-hour courses in Moscow during Summer Session II, only. Russian language and culture courses are taught by MIU faculty on M-TH for 4 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.

Program Dates:
Deadline to apply: February 15, 2013 
Summer I Session (in Austin): June 6 - July 11, 2013
Summer II Session (in Moscow): July 13 - August 16, 2013

Program Costs:
Students pay a $50 application fee, $400 affiliate studies fee, $95 insurance fee and a program fee of $7,700. The program fee includes: deposit, Russian visa, airfare, activities/excursions, housing, two meals/day and a peer tutor. Scholarships/ financial aid may be available. Program costs are subject to change- see a list of estimated costs for the most recent program in Moscow.

Language(s) of Instruction: Russian

Faculty: First summer session taught in Austin by UT faculty. Second summer session taught in Moscow by Moscow International University faculty, with UT in-residence graduate student assistant.

Academic Information: First and Second year students earn 8-10 hours of credit upon completion of the program. Bridge course students will earn 6 hours of credit.

Housing: 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.

Eligibility: Open to students from all colleges and schools.

To Apply:
Email a Statement of Purpose, recommendation letter from your Russian teacher, and a copy of your grades from last semester (can be an unofficial copy) to
Betsy Brown at Please put in the subject line “Moscow Plus – Your Name” and include your EID in the body of the message. Label your statement and the .pdf of your grades with your name.

Your language teacher can send the recommendation directly to Betsy Brown at If you are applying for first year Russian and don’t have a language teacher, please get a recommendation letter from any other professor who can attest to your study habits and learning skills.

Attend the next information session or see the official Study Abroad Program Website for more information. Contact Betsy Brown at or the Study Abroad Office directly with additional questions.

Information Session:

Tuesday, Jan 29th at 3:00pm in CAL 422


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