Moscow & Kazan: A Russian Cultural and Ecological Excursion


Summer 2014 quarter (Session I)

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Description : This study-abroad program will explore two great cultural centers of Russia, Moscow and Kazan.  For most of this excursion, students will be hosted by environmental studies faculty at Kazan Federal University, one of the most prestigious universities in Russia.  This program offers a truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with local students and faculty in Russia, in close cooperation with experienced Evergreen faculty members, as we explore the history and environment of this region.

Moscow is Russia’s Eternal City, the old and the new capital of all the Russias. In Moscow, the group will take guided tours of major historical sites, including the Moscow Kremlin, the Armory Museum, the Tretyakov Art Gallery, Novodevichi Convent and Monastery, and the Trinity-St. Sergei Monastery outside the city. Then participants will take a night train to Kazan on the Volga River, the very heartland and capital of Tatarstan, a semi-independent republic in the middle of Russia.

Kazan was the capital of the last Tatar successor state, re-conquered for Russia by Ivan the Terrible, in 1552. It is where the Asian East meets the Russian West, the population evenly divided between the Volga Tatars and Russians. The Tatars are Sunni Muslims, and the Russians are Eastern Orthodox Christians. In Kazan, student travelers will receive lectures on the culture, geography, and environmental history of Tatarstan from the faculty of Kazan Federal University. They will visit several cultural sites in and around the city, including the Kazan Kremlin, the city art museum, and archeological exhibits. The primary activities of the group in Tatarstan, however, will be several ecological field trips to protected areas, such as the Volga-Kama Nature Preserve (Zapovednik).

The group will then return to Moscow, where, time permitting before our flights home, we will perhaps stroll along the Arbat, pay our respects at the monument of Russia’s unknown soldier, lay some flowers at the foot of the statue of Russia’s greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin, or spend a few quiet moments in one of the city’s famous churches, listening to a Russian choir singing a sacred mass. And wherever we go, we will enjoy Russian and Tatar food, sights, sounds and hospitality.     


Credit equivalencies may include:   Russian Studies, Environmental History, Political Ecology, and Geography

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

Russian Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Foreign Civil Service, Geography, Political Ecology

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day, Evening and Weekend


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Schedule Details

Summer Study Abroad Schedule:  June 23 - July 14, 2014. 

Required Fees

$300 non-refundable deposit due by April 15; $1700 to be paid by the summer registration deadline.  Students will be responsible for reserving and paying for air tickets and obtaining a Russian travel visa.  Please contact program faculty for further details.

Study Abroad

Summer Study Abroad Schedule:  June 23 - July 14, 2014.


Date Revision
April 17th, 2014 Cancelled -- Students interested in Russian studies should consider "Discovering the Unknown Russia"

Registration Information

Credits: 4, 8 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 8


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