Middlebury in Moscow, Russia

Language of Instruction: Russian
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Enroll at Russian State University for the Humanities for a semester to enhance your understanding of Russian language and culture.

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
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The Middlebury in Moscow, Russia program is a supported direct-enrollment program offered during the fall, spring, and academic year if you have at least 4 semesters of Russian. The program is focused on students gaining a high level of proficiency in the Russian language. You live with a homestay family to ensure the most intensive immersion into the local culture.


All coursework available in the program is taught in Russian. You take your courses at the Middlebury Center in Russian language, literature, and culture, with content seminars, "spetskursy", focusing on economics, politics, history, and regional studies. In addition, you also take courses at Middlebury's host institution, the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), which offers a full range of courses in the humanities and social sciences. Advanced students may also choose to take some of their university courses at the Shchukin Theater Institute or the Higher School of Economics.

Program Features

Participation in extracurricular pursuits is a major priority of the program. On-site staff and university faculty work actively to assist you in locating individual activities.The program strongly encourages you to pursue individual activities outside of classes.

The program organizes one or two out-of-town trips for program participants each semester, to cities and regions of historical and cultural interest. A limited number of city excursions are also organized each semester, at each site.

You live in a single room with carefully selected homestay families. Homestays allow you to have a higher level of cultural immersion during your semester abroad.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021