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PRUE Summer Intensive Russian Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Moscow, Russia




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 University of Iowa Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Study Abroad office in International Programs present a 7-week, intensive summer Russian language program at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (PRUE) for University of Iowa students who have successfully completed (with at least a 2.75 GPA or higher) at least one year of Russian language learning at the UI.

Students will spend 7 weeks in Russia's capital, Moscow, and will study Russian language and culture. This program offers students a unique learning experience as they live in university dorms with other local and international students while attending university in the heart of Moscow. This program encourages full Russian immersion and is a great way to improve language skills as well as cultural competency.

Through this partnership, the University of Iowa and PRUE are committed to making this intercultural experience as rich as possible. Students will be assigned a local buddy who will help them adjust to life in Moscow and to their new surroundings. Cultural excursions such as a back-of-the-house tour at the Bolshoi Theater, guided city tour, and additional excursions to museums are also included. There is also a 3 day 2 night excursion to St. Petersburg included in the cost of the program. Transportation to and from Moscow to St. Petersburg is also included as well as accommodation in St. Petersburg. The excursions will vary based on availability and are subject to change.

The University of Iowa is also pleased to partner with SRAS, leading experts and student educators for academic study abroad programs in the Russian-speaking world, for our cultural program. SRAS will provide logistics support on the ground for our students, and will provide enriching cultural activities that will supplement the language instruction received at PRUE.

Academic Program

PRUE graduates

Students will take courses in Russian language and culture on the PRUE campus, but will not have full university student priviledges. Students on this program are considered "visiting" students. Courses are taught fully in Russian and are aimed at improving a student’s linguistic ability. Over the course of the 7-week program, students will earn 8 semester hours of University of Iowa credit that can be applied towards a Russian major or minor. Academic content will include listening and speaking practice in a classroom setting as well as in authentic situations (for example, interviews with native speakers on assigned topics).

Credit granted for this program will be considered resident credit. Students will earn 8 semester hours of credit upon successful completion of the summer program.

Students will also have the option to earn a TORFL certification at an additional expense to the student. In the event that there are not enough UI students to fill a language level, UI students will take courses alongside other international students attending PRUE. Students also have the opportunity to hire instructors for one-on-one instruction, at their own expense.

Program Dates

Summer 2020: June 20 - August 8, 2020

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

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.


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.

St. Basil's Cathedral and GUM Shopping Center, Moscow City Center


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.


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

Students will make their own travel arrangements with advice and information provided by the Study Abroad program coordinator. Students arriving within a designated window of time will be met at Moscow International Airport and transported to their dormitory near the PRUE campus.

Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the applicant's status is confirmed and further instructions for purchasing tickets are provided by Study Abroad.

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.

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.


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.


Summer 2020 Costs: coming soon

As a reference point, the costs for Summer 2019 are here:PDFPRUE Summer Intensive Russian Program Summer 2019 Cost Sheet.

The Cost Sheet reflects the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be 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.

The Course Fee includes tuition, housing, cultural excursions, airport pick-up and drop-off, and a transportation pass for bus and metro during the program. Costs that are not part of the course fee (students should expect to pay out of pocket) include but are not limited to: all meals except a welcome and farewell dinner, personal expenses, airfare, and passport and visa expenses (including the required HIV test for the Russian visa).

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.

How To Apply

  • Discuss plans for participating in this program with Russian Language Professor Irina Kostina. Email: Irina Kostina
  • Meet with the Study Abroad advisor for this program, Leslie McNeilus, during the Summer or Fall 2019 semester. To schedule an appointment, please call 319-335-0353.
  • Complete the Online Study Abroad Application which opens December 9, 2019.

Application Deadline:

February 10, 2020

Students are encouraged to apply early.

Non-University of Iowa students should contact Leslie McNeilus for further instructions on how to apply.

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.

Confirmation Materials

Confirmation details will be posted in February after the Application Deadline has passed.


Students will receive instructions for booking flights to and from Moscow after Confirmation Deadline (late February). 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.


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

Program-Specific Orientation

A mandatory, in-person orientation will be facilitated by the Faculty Leader and Study Abroad Coordinator 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%