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PRUE Summer Intensive Russian Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer

Location:

Moscow, Russia

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

Minimum GPA of 2.75

At least one year of college-level Russian language

Application Due:

February 10, 2020

Plekhanov Russian University of Economics official logo

The PRUE Summer Intensive Russian Program is a 7-week language and culture program at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (PRUE) for University of Iowa students.

Students spend the summer immersed in the heart of Moscow along with other local and international students. This program is a valuable way to improve language skills and cultural competency.

The University of Iowa is pleased to also partner with SRAS, leading experts in academic study abroad programs in the Russian-speaking world, for additional cultural programing and student support. Cultural activities vary each year, are subject to change, and complement the language instruction received from PRUE faculty.

Academic Program

PRUE graduates

Students take courses in Russian language and culture on the PRUE campus. Courses are taught in Russian and are aimed at improving students' linguistic abilities. After successful completion of the 7-week program, students earn 8 semester hours of University of Iowa credit that can be applied towards a Russian major or minor.

Students may also have the option to earn TOEFL certification and to hire instructors for one-on-one instruction, at their own expense.

Program Dates

Summer 2020: June 20 - August 8, 2020

Arrival in Moscow: June 20/21
Classes Begin: June 22 (Monday)
Classes End: August 7 (Friday)
Return to US: August 8


Information Sessions

Friday, October 4, 2019
3:00-4:00pm, 318 PH

Friday, December 6, 2019
3:00-4:00pm, 318 PH

Friday, January 31, 2020
3:00-4:00pm, 318 PH

For More Information

Professor Irina Kostina
Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures
634 Phillips Hall
University of Iowa
Irina Kostina

Leslie McNeilus, Study Abroad Advisor
International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
319-335-0353

Host Institution

Entrance to PRUE

Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (Russian: Российский экономический университет имени Г.В. Плеханова) is a public research university in Moscow. It was founded in 1907 by entrepreneur Alexei Vishnyakov as the first finance-specialized college in the Russian Empire, then it became a large university recognized internationally as one of the best in the world, with 17 faculties and over 100 departments.

There are over 50,000 students and 780 postgraduate students who study higher education programs and 8,400 students who study programs of secondary vocational education.

Moscow

Basilica of St. Nicholas

Moscow, the capital of the Russian Federation, is located in the western part of the country. Moscow has a quaint, yet urban feel, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits.

Moscow is the cultural, economic, and political center of Russia. The city is home to the tallest skyscraper in Europe—the Federation Tower. Situated on the Moskva River, Moscow is considered the center of Russian culture, having served as the home of famous Russian artists, scientists, and sports icons.

PDFGuide to Moscow + St. Petersburg - May 2019
St. Basil's Cathedral and GUM Shopping Center, Moscow City Center

Russia

The Federation of Russia, as it is officially known, is a country spread along the Arctic Circle in Northern Asia and Eastern Asia, with a land area approximately two times the size of the United States. Russia emerged from the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union as the largest country in the world, traversing a remarkable 11 time zones from East to West. Such an expansive territory places Russia at the cultural crossroads of a multitude of cultures and climates. While perhaps best known for the picturesque Red Square, quaint matryoshka dolls, revolutionary history, and brutally cold winters, Russia is an extremely diverse country, encompassing 160 ethnic groups between its 85 federal subjects.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Accommodation

The program arranges for housing in university dorms located directly across the street from the PRUE campus. Generally, students share dorm rooms with other UI students (3-4 students per shared room), though they may share with other international students. Each room comes fully furnished with a bed, desk, and wardrobe closet. Linens and towels are provided.

Each dormitory wing has a communal kitchen with full facilities (stove, refrigerator, pots, pans). However, meals in the student cafeteria are also available, as well as a variety of restaurants located within the neighborhood. There are a wide variety of choices of food in the city of Moscow that can accommodate various dietary needs.

Travel Arrangements

Passports

Those with valid passports already should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months PAST the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad.

Students who do not yet have a passport are advised to apply for one as soon as possible. Applications are available at the Federal Building/Post Office in Iowa City or at the U.S. State Department website.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive) and we encourage students to ask at the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Visas

After the Confirmation Deadline, students will be assisted through the Russian visa application process, which is required for entry.

Flights

Students should NOT purchase tickets until further instructions are provided by Study Abroad, following the Confirmation Deadline and visa application.

A suggested group flight will be shared with the group and students will make their own arrangements. Students arriving within a designated window of time will be met at Moscow International Airport and transported to their dormitory near the PRUE campus.

Health & Safety

Health and safety information will be covered in both online and in-person orientation sessions. We advise speaking with your doctor about any health concerns you have before going abroad. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for Greece-specific health information and visit your doctor, or the Travel Nurse at Student Health, for any vaccinations you might need.

Eligibility

A minimum UI and cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for acceptance at the time of application. Students must also have completed at least one year of college-level Russian before departing on the program. All participants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa.

Application

Application Deadline: February 10, 2020

Online Application: Study Abroad Application

Students who submit an application will be U-billed a $50 application fee.

The application form, along with a copy of the information page of your passport, should be submitted by the application deadline. If you do not have a valid passport, please select the box 'Applying for Passport' and either apply for or renew your passport immediately.

Students are encouraged to apply early.

Cost

The total billed program cost is expected to be $7005 for Residents and $8,250 for Non-Residents.

Included in program fees (billed to participants' u-bills after registration):

  • academic instruction at PRUE
  • 8 semester hours of UI credit
  • accommodation in PRUE dorm
  • welcome + farewell dinners
  • campus tour + city bus tour
  • metro card with 60 metro rides
  • cultural programming
  • 24/7 staff support
  • international travel insurance

Not included in program fees (additional out-of-pocket expenses):

  • round-trip airfare
  • meals
  • personal expenses
  • passport and visa fees
  • pre-departure medical checks

PDFSummary of Billed and Out-of-Pocket Costs - Summer 2020

PDFCost Sheet for Financial Aid

The Cost Sheet reflects the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and is used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged to participating students’ U-Bills (Application Fee, Course Fee, Study Abroad Fee, and CISI Insurance) as well as estimated out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

All students participating on University of Iowa programs abroad are required to have and are automatically enrolled in international health insurance (CISI Insurance). This is mandated by the UI and the Board of Regents. More information about health insurance abroad can be found at the following link: UI Abroad International Health Insurance.

Information Sessions

Friday, October 4, 2019
3:00-4:00pm, 318 PH

Friday, December 6, 2019
3:00-4:00pm, 318 PH

Friday, January 31, 2020
3:00-4:00pm, 318 PH

Financial Aid and Scholarships

You may be able to use financial aid for summer courses, particularly if you already use it for the fall/spring semesters. Speak with the Office of Student Financial Aid office to see what might be available to you.

Summer study abroad students are also able to apply for Study Abroad scholarships. Please visit the Study Abroad Scholarships website for more detailed information on the available scholarships and to review eligibility criteria.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for and confirming your place on a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the Confirmation Deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Study Abroad Administrative fee: $400
Portion of Course Fee: $500
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of program fee: 100%

Confirmation Materials for Summer 2020

Next Steps:

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Flights

Students will receive instructions for booking flights to and from Moscow after the Confirmation Deadline and the visa application process. A suggested group flight will be shared with the group and students will make their own arrangements. Those who do not have extensive travel experience are encouraged to book the suggested group flight.

Orientation

To prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have questions, you can email safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

Program-Specific Orientation

A mandatory, in-person orientation will be facilitated by Study Abroad before departure and will cover content specific to your program and host country.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for and confirming your place on a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the Confirmation Deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Study Abroad Administrative fee: $400
Portion of Course Fee: $500
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of program fee: 100%