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Irkutsk State Technological University, Russia
This program at Irkutsk State Technological University offers students an opportunity to study in one of the most important geopolitical areas of Russia—Siberia. The program is based in the city of Irkutsk, one of the largest cities (population is around 590,000) in southern Siberian Russia and a major academic center of the region. Irkutsk is located about 66 km from Lake Baikal. Irkutsk is in a unique region of Russia given its proximity to Mongolia and therefore grants students the opportunity to experience aspects of Russian culture not found in western Russia.
Students have the opportunity to combine study of the Russian language with cultural studies that may include ethnographic studies, studies of ecology and environmental studies, and studies of religious and cultural minorities. Students take with classes Monday-Friday, about six hours every day with other St. Olaf students. The program is enriched by educational opportunities unique to Irkutsk, such as studies focused on Lake Baikal, or studies of cultural and business interaction in Asia. The academic program is supplemented with excursions and field trips coordinated with the academic program through classroom preparation. Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits back to campus.
Students can participate in the clubs and sports offered by the university. Students may also visit local museums, gyms, movie theaters, and a music hall (hosting concerts, operas, art exhibits, and plays), which are easily accessible by public transport. Students who enjoy being outside can spend time in the several city parks or near the beautiful Angara River, which flows through the center of the city. In addition to taking advantage of the wide variety of things to do in Irkutsk, students can visit towns such as Ulan-Ude, the beautiful Lake Baikal, and bordering Mongolia. In the past, students have visited Baikal and attended local indigenous ceremonies with their professors.
Students live with Russian families selected by the host institution. All meals are taken with the family. Apartments are within walking distance of the university or near the public transportation lines.
Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisors, Marc Robinson and Rita Safariants.