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Middlebury School in Russia: Moscow
Moscow, Russia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: Russian Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study, Intensive Language Degree Level: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

Middlebury School in Russia: Moscow

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 

  • Middlebury application deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
Middlebury in Russia is a great fit for students with a strong understanding of the Russian language who are looking to improve their language skills and also take content-based courses Russian. Middlebury in Russia offers three different locations for study across three different cities in Russia, and students will be required to speak Russian at all times and experience cultural and academic immersion while taking courses at a local university.

The University

Middlebury in Russia allows students to pursue one or more classes in regular departments of The Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), Higher School of Economics (HSE), or Shchukin Theater Institute.

The Higher School of Economics (HSE) was established in 1992 on the initiative of renowned economists and leading reformers in the Russian Government. It has established itself as one of the leading universities in Russia in the fields of economics, social and political sciences. The university consists of eighteen faculties and schools. Instruction in economics is integral to the curricula of the HSE faculties, as well as a strong commitment to equip future professionals with general analytical competence and an in-depth knowledge of foreign languages.

The Russian State University for the Humanities  (RSUH or RGGU) was founded in 1991 as the result of the merger of the Moscow Public University (1908) and the Moscow State Institute for History and Archives (1930). Over the years, RSUH has become one of the major research centers in the country. Today RSUH has almost 14,000 students and currently comprises seven institutes, eleven faculties, nineteen scientific and educational centers, and fifty departments.

Founded in 1913, the Shchukin Theater Institute is now one of the most prestigious and respected drama schools in Russia. It is committed to the exploration and advancement of the performing arts while celebrating Russia’s rich theater tradition.

The Setting

Moscow is the capital of Russia, located on the Moskva River. It is home to the historic Kremlin, the president's residency and Russian government. Students will have the opportunity to explore famous sites like the Red Square, Lenin's Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum's collection, and St. Basil's Cathedral, known for its colorful domes.



Students are required to enroll in a total of four courses in order to transfer a full course-load back to Princeton. One course is a mandatory Russian language course, which includes grammar, phonetics, and speech practice. Then, students may combine elective courses taught at Middlebury in Moscow or from one of the three local institutions with whom Middlebury partners. For more detailed information about academics and course offerings, please visit the Middlebury academics page


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. Students almost must have taken at least up to the 107 level of Russian language at Princeton. 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: late August to mid-December
Spring Semester: early January to mid May

Please refer to the Middlebury website for updated calendars


Students are given the option to live either with a host family or in a local dorm. 

All homestay placements are selected exclusively through personal acquaintances of the host university and of the School in Russia. Although many families have hosted students in the past, new hosts are screened and added each year. Students are placed in individual homes by School in Russia staff, based on information provided in a post-acceptance Housing Questionnaire. Care is taken to place students according to individual needs (dietary, health, etc.), and when possible, personal preferences are also taken into account.

Each student is given his or her own room in the host apartment, with linens provided. Board includes breakfast and dinner on weekdays and three meals per day on weekends. (In Moscow only, students now have a choice between receiving board from the family or cooking for themselves.) the School in Russia does not make any other material demands on the hosts. Certain hosts may have amenities like washing machines or computers, but since these items are not always found in normal Russian households, not all hosts will have them. Students will withdraw rubles in Russia and pay their hosts directly at the beginning of each month.

Students studying in Moscow, specifically at the Higher School of Economics (HSE), have the option to live in an HSE dorm as opposed to with a host family. The HSE dorm option is very affordable, although students are responsible for all their own meals. Students will pay in cash at the beginning of each month by withdrawing rubles in Russia.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in France. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Russia requires both entry and exit visas for US citizens and most other foreign nationals. You must register for the proper visa in order to enter and study in Russia. Please visit the Middlebury website to learn more about the visa process

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program by their deadline. Visit the Middlebury program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton's. 
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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