Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Maymester: Environmental Studies in Siberia

Led by Dr. Evgenia Wilkins

Built to facilitate collaboration between UT students and local experts, this course offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of the environment through history, geography, and culture - from Tsarist times and the Soviet period to present day. Such an approach allows for multi-level learning, and allows students to engage with the geography and history of Russia while learning about environmental trends that have and will continue to define how Russians think, treat, exploit and preserve their land, water, and natural resources.Set in a location which is abundant with experiential learning opportunities, students will go on excursions to educational centers, field trips to research stations, help with the Baikal trail building initiative, and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lake Baikal.




Check out Dr. Wilkins on the Slavic Connexion podcast
speaking about her Maymester program.





Academic Information

Students will take classes in and around Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. 16 hours of survival Russian is included in the program. Beginning of the program includes one day/night in Moscow with cultural excursions and history tour of the Russian capital.

Course Credit: REE 345

Cross-listings: HIS 366N, ANT 324L

NOTE: The courses listed above have a Global Cultures Flag!

Approved for BA in Sustainability Studies
Approved for IRG Track III: Science, Technology, and the Environment

Application Code: 355102



Dr. Evgenia Wilkins teaches Intensive Russian and Second year Russian in the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She has also taught courses in 20th Century Russian and Soviet Culture, as well as Sustainable Development (in Russian). She has led programs to Irkutsk with UT students the past three years and works closely with Irkutsk State University.

Language(s) of Instruction

English and Russian


Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - Yes
  • Internship - No

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2020 program costs and dates TBD. Current prices and dates subject to change. Program fee includes housing, some meals, local transportation and activities, cell phone, and on-site orientation. Program fee does not include airfare, books, insurance and personal expenses.

Maymester estimated costs


Available Funding:

International Education Fee Scholarship


Program Dates:


  • May 28, 2020 to July 4, 2020
  • Deadline to apply: extended to January 15, 2020 (Students redirected from other Maymester Programs have priority.)

Next Step

Learn more by attending an information session, meeting the professor or program coordinator, or meeting with a peer adviser. 

Information Session: Monday, November 25, 2019 • 4:00 PM • BUR 480

For more info contact Program Coordinator Timothy Myers at

May 24 - June 19, 2021

Application Deadline:

November 15, 2020

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