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Spring/Summer 2017: June 1-30
Russia, the largest country in the world and one of the most important. It has vast reserves of natural resources, is one of the up-and-coming BRIC nations, plays a critical political and military role in world events, and is a vital part of the economies of Eurasia. It is not suprising that the US government has clarified Russian as a critical-needs language vital for national security interest.
Russian also has a rich culture that has produced many of the world's greatest writers, thinkers, composers, artists, and scientists, many of whom lived and worked in its second-largest city, St. Petersburg. Once the home of the tsars, the Russian Revolution took place here in 1917, ushering in the Soviet period. Thirty-four years later the city was besieged by the Nazis; over one million people perished during the 900-day blockade. Today, St. Petersburg is the destination of tourists and students who want to visit the city's many churches, palaces, museums, parks, restaurants, and cafes, or just stroll the streets along the city's numerous canals.
The WSU Russian Study Abroad program is a four-week trip in June to St. Petersburg through SRAS. Students receive 80 hours of language instruction at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics. The trip also includes extensive cultural excursions in and around St. Petersburg, as well as a weekend in the Russian capital, Moscow.