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  • Locations: Novgorod, Russia
  • Program Terms: Fall
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  • Restrictions: St. Olaf College applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Culture, History, Literature, Russian Language of Instruction: Russian
Course Number: 221 Program Host: Novgorod State University
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Prerequisites: 2 years college Russian
Department: OFFC Advisor or Instructor: Marc Robinson, Rita Safariants
Program Description:
Program Overview
The fall semester program at Novgorod State University (NVSU) allows flexible language and culture studies while integrating classes outside the St. Olaf Russian major within a Russian context. While in Novgorod, students focus on perfecting their Russian language skills in an academic setting while adapting to daily Russian life.

In addition to enhancing their Russian fluency, students enroll in a Russian culture class that covers specific aspects of Russian and Novgorodian life and history.  This course is combined with city and regional excursions. Along with the culture class, students may choose to have an independent study at NVSU. Credits may transfer to St. Olaf if previous arrangements are made with an on-campus department.  Additional courses that have been offered in the past include Russian history, literature, grammar, and discussion. Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits back to campus.

Student Life
The immersion of students into Russian culture serves as the greatest learning tool offered by the program.  Connections with host families, as well as with Russian college students studying in Novgorod, provide students with a deeper understanding of Russian culture and life in Novgorod.  Students can visit the many cafes, restaurants, parks, and local museums in Novgorod and the surrounding areas.  If students wish to travel on the weekends, St. Petersburg is easily accessible by a 3 hour car or train ride, and Moscow is just an overnight train ride away.  Students can also join local gyms as well as university clubs.

Students stay with host families selected by Novgorod State University based on their experience with hosting and their ability to effectively and safely house students. 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.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Academic Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/22/2018 09/01/2018 12/22/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.