*Note: This program has been canceled for the Summer 2017 term.
- Visit the national treasures of Moscow on a three day excursion at the end of the program!
- Participate in 60 hours of intensive language courses while in Perm!
- Students will participate in local cultural activities and excursions arranged by the host University!
Course of Study
The Russian language teachers are from the Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNRPU) who typically teach Russian language to foreign exchange students. The students from UNL will be paired with Russian students of similar interests to best support their language study. The students will have classes at the University in very small groups 15 hours each week. This program will emphasize communication competence through interaction with native speakers and students will use their language skills to analyze, interpret, and critically evaluate real-life situations.
Students will participate in intensive Russian language classes for 15 hours per week for a total of 60 hours during their stay. Through participation on the program, students will earn 3 transfer credits for Russian language for either Russian 203 (advanced beginner) or Russian 398 (intermediate) learners. Upon successful completion of the study abroad program, PNRPU will issue a transcript with a grade and a certificate of completion, which will be help transfer the coursework back to UNL.
Credits earned at foreign institutions are transferable to UNL by departmental validation. Please review the Types of Credit page on the Education Abroad website.
This program is designed to allow UNL students, both students of Russian language and students from other majors/minors, to immerse themselves in beginning or intermediate Russian language courses. Students must have completed Russian 102 in order to be eligible for this program. Please note that the minimum enrollment for this program is five students.
While applications from non-UNL students may be considered, preference will be given to UNL students. Non-UNL participants must first be admitted to UNL as a visiting student.
Program Director (on campus)
Professor Radha Balasubramanian
1131 Oldfather Hall
402 - 472 - 3827
Professor Radha Balasubramanian is an Associate Professor and Advisor of Russian Language in the Department of Modern Languages. Professor Balasubramanian worked with Yaroslavl State University in 2003-2004 to successfully set up summer and semester study programs for UNL Russian language students in Yaroslavl. Having recently visited Perm, Russia, Professor Balasubramanian believes that Perm as an emerging important city in European Russia, and the PNRPU is an exciting place of higher education with a lot of cutting-edge research and support from local businesses.
Please note that Professor Balasubramanian will not be accompanying students on the program. A representative from the International Affairs Office at PNRPU will be students' main contact in country.
The students will be taken on a three day excursion to Moscow at the end of the program accompanied by a representative from the International Affairs Office at PNRPU. Perm is located west of Moscow and has been aiming to establish itself as a key stop on Russia's cultural map. During the program, many excursions in the afternoon/evenings will be arranged by representatives from the International Affairs Office at PNRPU for students. One such planned excursion is a visit to a nearby resort for the weekend to be immersed in the surrounding natural environment.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Students will purchase their own international airfare with direction provided by the Education Abroad Office.
LODGING in COUNTRY: Students will be residing in the residence halls (two-room dormitory) on the campus of PNRPU along with other international students.
MEALS in COUNTRY: Students will have access to a local kitchen within the residence halls on campus to prepare breakfast and dinner each day. Lunch will be provided by the host institution in the student dining hall.
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: The program coordinator and the host university will provide transportation to all program specific excursions. Students will purchase passes to ride on local transportation as needed in Perm and Moscow.
ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Students will have access to a washing machine in the residence halls on campus.
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will have access to WiFi in the residence halls on campus.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: February 10, 2017 due to the strict requirements of the visa process (required for entry).
HEALTH AND MOBILITY: Students will not be asked to walk long distances, but will need to walk throughout campus and the city of Perm. Buildings on campus do no elevators and students may have to take staircases to go up and down 2-3 floors. The streets within Perm are smooth for the most part and are not made of cobblestone or gravel. Recommended immunizations/medications per CDC (as of November 1, 2015) include the Hepatitis A vaccine. CDC recommends that you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Please be sure to check the CDC for additional recommended immunizations.
See the Budget Sheet near the top of this page (click on "Summer") and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.
Upon confirmation of participation, program participants will pay a $500 deposit (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee). The $500 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal. The deposit payment will be due on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:
*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.
U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of State: Travel
Russian Embassy in the U.S.