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To start a WSU application in MyStudyAbroad for this program, click the “Apply Now” button. Tips:

· Only begin an application when you have determined the program you wish to pursue.

· No application fee for simply starting an application! The Global Learning Application fee is charged only once you are committed to your program and the application deadline has passed.

· Depending on your program type you may have a non-WSU application to complete as well.

  • Locations: Moscow, Russia; St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 2.0 Program Type: Faculty-led
Additional Info/Reqs: Attendance at all Pre-Departure Meetings & Orientations is Mandatory
Program Description:



Russia, Moscow St. Basils
Learn about Russian culture and history and get first-hand experience of contemporary life in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.  Compare and contrast two of the most famous Russian capital cities. Visit Moscow Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral.  Enjoy 1000 years of Russian Art at  The State Tretyakov Gallery and visit Museum-Estate of Lev Tolstoy. 

In St. Petersburg take a city tour by bus and visit the Hermitage, formerly the imperial residence and currently a world famous art museum. Take a day trip to  majestic Peterhof.  

Enjoy the perfect balance of guide assistance and group activity with ample freedom for independent exploration.

NOTE: This program is open to Non-Honors students by permission of instructor.

WSU Sponsoring Unit:  Honors College (Open to Non-Honors students by permission of instructor)

External Partner: AIFS Abroad
Program Dates: May 8 - May 21, 2018
(Note: This program starts in Moscow, Russia, and ends in St. Petersburg, Russia. Participants need to depart May 7 from the US to arrive in Russia on May 8. Accommodations are only available the dates of the program.)
Program Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2 at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
  • Be in good academic standing at WSU.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Program Specific Eligibility: None
Please Note: a minimum number of participants is needed for this program.



Cost Information

Total Program Cost Estimate: $6,955 (fixed costs & estimated addt'l costs)

Program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses).  A breakdown of these costs can be found below. For payment due dates please scroll to the “Billing Schedule”.

Fixed Expenses Billed by WSU

Participation Expense* $3,000
WSU Tuition- 3 credits $1,482
Global Learning Application Fee $125
International Insurance Fee ($2 per day) $28
Total Paid to WSU $4,635

 *Participation Expense includes excursions, accommodation, and program related in-country travel.

Estimated Additional Expenses*

Personal Expenses       $420
International Airfare $1,600
Books and Supplies $0
U.S. Passport** $140
Visa** Required for US Citizens (see destination tab) $160
     Total Estimated Additional Expenses $2,320

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.
**Please see the “Destination” tab for additional passport and visa information.

Billing Schedule:

This billing schedule is for the Fixed Expenses billed by WSU only and does not include Estimated Additional Expenses that are the responsibility of the participant.

Financially Responsible as of: Feb 1, 2018
Program Fee Date Billed Date Due
 Participation Expense 1st Payment  $500 Feb 19, 2018
Feb 23, 2018
 Application Fee  $125
 International Insurance  $28 ($2 per day)
 Participation Expense 2nd Payment  $2,500 March 16, 2018
 WSU Tuition (3 credits)  $1,482 
Refund Policy: Participants are responsible for the Fixed Expenses of the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert: Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this program. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Program payment due dates may be before aid is released.  Participants must budget accordingly.




Russian Nesting Dolls

WSU Courses (3 credits): 
  • Honors 370 (3cr): Global Issues in Social Sciences
  • Honors 430 (3cr): Education Abroad Research *By permission of instructor only
Note: Non-Honors students that are enrolled in HNRS 370 will get elective credit, however you can have your academic advisor review the syllabi (request it from the faculty member) to see if it can count towards any other degree requirements.

Non-WSU Courses:  N/A

Course Pre-requisites:N/A

Grades and GPA:

All courses will calculate into student’s WSU cumulative GPA unless noted as a “Non-WSU Course”.

Non-WSU Courses:
  • Will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on zzusis/MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided.   Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



Faculty-led Orientations

All faculty-led participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure.  Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after the program has been officially confirmed.
  • Faculty-Led and Financial Planning: This is an online training that is a required application component that provides additional details on the application process, costs of the program, billing, financial aid, and other relevant information. This training is accessible once an application is started.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application.  Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.
  • Faculty Directed Orientation: These take place over multiple sessions and will be planned by the program faculty director.


Destination Details

Site Descriptions

Moscow, Russia Aerial
Russia is the largest nation in the world by land mass spanning 11 times zones.  Russia has a population of over 144 million people!  Russia borders countries of both Europe and Asia.  Russia showcases a variety of different landscapes, including multiple different beautiful mountain ranges as well as the worlds largest plain, the West Siberian Plain.  Rich in culture, Russia is known for its nesting dolls (matrioshka), famous philosophers and unique architecture of the St. Basil’s Cathedral. The Capital city is Moscow .
  • Language: Russian
  • Currency: Russian Ruble (Compare to U.S. Dollars) is used in Slovenia.
  • City Size: Moscow’s population is approximately 12 million according to United States Census Bureau
  • Weather: The average temperature in Moscow in May ranges from 
  • 50-70°F.
Accommodation Information
The program will provide accommodations for all participants in a hotel/bed and breakfast that is centrally located in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.  Each room will have 2 twin beds and participants will be roomed 2 to a room and with a participant of the same gender. Wifi is available at both hotels, however please note that Wifi is often not as fast abroad or reliable as it is in the United States.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.
United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • Russia DOES require visas for US citizens, as of 9/2017.  Please visit the Russian Embassy website for more information.  You will apply for a tourist visa.  You can apply through 3rd party websites that help with the overall process, WSU cannot endorse a specific group, however past study abroad students have used and
    • For more information on required documents (as of (9/2017) for a Tourist Visa, visit the link provided.
      • Please note for the "confirmation of hotel reservation" AIFS will be providing documentation for applicants after the program deadline.
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.



How to Apply



Before the Deadline:
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. You now have an application and are in "Application Phase." Complete application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (if applicable)
Please Note: Items which say “NOT Required by Deadline” can be submitted after the deadline but are due before you depart to go abroad.
  1. Once all materials have been completed, your application will be moved to either the “pending” or “accepted” phase. 
  • “Accepted” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline.
  • “Pending” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements, and your application is being reviewed before your participation is determined.  After review, if you are accepted your application will move to the “Accepted” phase.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “accepted” phase, you will see a box appear asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the program. 
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After you commit and are in "Committed phase", complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Financial Planning: Know Your Budget!
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Review your Faculty-Led and Financial Planning (FLFP) training (see orientations tab)
  4. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  5. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  6. Create your budget
  7. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Community Resources:
Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information
Faculty Director:
Sergey LapinRussia, St. Petersburg @ night

Global Learning Department:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.