Moscow Plus Program

Sponsored by American Councils of Teachers of Russian 
History

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!   

Program Overview

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.

Courses in Language & Culture 

Participants will take courses in language and contemporary culture, and receive six total hours of UT credit, three hours each for RUS 319S Russian Socio Linguistics and RUS 329S Contemporary Russian Urban Culture, which carries a Global Cultures flag!

Note that students must have taken two years of Russian or the equivalent (Intensive Russian) to participate. 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.

Language of Instruction 

Both courses are taught in Russian.

Faculty

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.

Academic Information

Moscow Plus students earn three hours of credit for each course, totaling six hours for the term.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Beginning in Summer 2016, the Moscow Plus program is eligible for funding through the FLAS program in CREEES. To qualify, student MUST participate in a week-long course (3 hrs per day) during the first summer session prior to departure for Moscow. This language/culture course will prepare students for immersion in-country in Moscow through systematic presentation and practice of vocabulary, syntax, usage, and cultural information relevant to their upcoming experience in Moscow. Materials will be drawn from the textbook Russian: Stage Three and will be supplemented with online and digital authentic materials for practice at home. Together with the in-class courses and weekly in-city practicum, this 15-hour course brings the total contact hours for the program to 125. 

Eligibility

The Moscow Plus Program is open to current UT students from all colleges and schools who have taken a minimum of two years of Russian or the equivalent (Intensive 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!

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.