|No language requirement; intensive onsite Russian available.|
Students who have not completed at least a year of college-level Russian will be required to attend an intensive first-year language course (offered at no additional cost) during the three weeks before the start of Autumn Quarter. Classes meet for five hours a day, until the regular quarter begins at which point the classes run for two hours daily. During the quarter, intensive language students will combine language study with other coursework in English. The grading basis for intensive first-year Russian is Letter Grade Only.
Students with prior knowledge of Russian will be required to continue with Russian language for a letter grade, regardless of their level of proficiency. In addition to this formal study of Russian, students will improve their conversational and practical language skills through interaction in both home stay and social settings.Top of page
Students studying in Moscow can arrange a directed reading guided by a mentor who is either a local Moscow faculty member or a Stanford faculty member.
Those interested in pursuing a directed reading should work closely their academic advisor and the Moscow Program Director in developing these projects. Students planning to work with a Stanford faculty member should also consult with this mentor as well. A Directed Reading Proposal (downloadable form) must be submitted to the Bing Overseas Studies Program office at least one month prior to the quarter of intended study. A directed reading may be taken only in addition to twelve units of regular coursework offered directly by the center.Top of page
The Moscow Program offers courses that provide credit toward Stanford graduation and most classes also count toward an undergraduate major. Students must enroll in a minimum of twelve units from the courses offered through the program (local university courses are not included). For a list of all classes and information on which ones earn departmental credit or fulfill General Education Requirements, students should consult the BOSP course database or Axess.Top of page
Throughout the quarter, students will have many opportunities to immerse themselves in the surrounding culture. Individual classes may include field trips to nearby locations, providing hands-on opportunities for learning from the local environment., museums, and other locations of cultural importance and interest. As a group, students may have participate in outings such as:
- trips to Red Square and the Kremlin, Pushkin Art Gallery, Tretyakov Gallery, and Novodcvitchiy Nunnery
- day-long trips to towns of the Golden Ring (Vladimir, Suzdal, etc.)
- 2-3 day trips to St. Petersburg and Kazan
The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) coordinates the university's teaching, research, and extracurricular activities related to the area of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Students pursuing a minor in CREEES may apply the Stanford in Moscow program to their capstone requirement.
Undergraduate students at Stanford who are contemplating applying to the M.A. program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Stanford Program in Moscow prior to the commencing the M.A. In some cases, with the approval of the CREEES Academic Coordinator, candidates for the M.A. degree may include study in Moscow in their degree program.Top of page