Russia and the Environment

Study Abroad

Russia and the Environment looks at a Russia's vast and unique ecosystems in historical and modern perspective. Learn about Siberia's history from its first colonization, to its Soviet industrialization, to its current transition to a market economy - and critically consider Russian and international theories on how to understand and manage the impact of these events in addition to learning the Russian vocabulary and cultural norms related to environmental issues.

This innovative course spends time outside the classroom, taking you to the beautiful and unique nature that surrounds Irkutsk. It introduces you to local environmental groups, where you may intern or volunteer - a great opportunity to meet like-minded young people and practice your Russian. Summer students spend two weeks with students of Irkutsk State University on field studies.

The environment is a local and global issue. Tomorrow's environmental professionals will need to cross borders and communicate with a wide range of people to achieve their goals. This program is geared to help train those professionals today.


Host institution

Internships, Volunteering, Research

Cultural Programming and Field Trips


About the Location

Budget Breakdown


English and Russian
Irkutsk, Russia
Spring, Summer, Fall
Environmental Studies, History, Internships, Russian Language


  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • 18 years of age at time of application

Dates & Costs

  • Spring 2019
    Year: 2019 Spring
    Dates: 01 February 2019 - 26 May 2019
    Application Deadline: 15 October 2018
  • Summer 2019 (10 week)
    Year: 2019 Summer
    Dates: 24 May 2019 - 04 August 2019
    Application Deadline: 15 March 2019
  • Summer 2019 (5 week)
    Year: 2019 Summer
    Dates: 13 June 2019 - 17 July 2019
    Application Deadline: 15 March 2019
  • Fall 2019
    Year: 0 Fall
    Dates: 30 August 2019 - 15 December 2019
    Application Deadline: 15 May 2019

Program Inclusions

Tuition, accommodation, pre-departure information, roundtrip airport transfers, cultural programming, travel in Central Asia as outlined, health and emergency insurance, use of a mobile telephone for duration of program, and SRAS in-country support.