Russia & CEE: Winds of Change

Study Abroad

In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed, leaving the United States alone as the world’s superpower. These four immersive weeks will see us working to understand why the winds of change blew across communist Russia and its central and east European satellites during the 1980s and why these events are the essential backdrop for understanding current events, some thirty years later. Why did Mikhail Gorbachev seek to reform the Soviet challenge to Western hegemony and how did the population at home and in the Warsaw Pact countries take advantage of this situation? Why did liberal democracy have so much difficulty then solidifying itself across this space in the decades after? And why does Vladimir Putin once again poise a real challenge to the US and the independent countries which surround him?

This program will travel to four former communist nations (Russia, Poland, Germany, and Ukraine) to examine this time of change and its lasting legacy in the region.

You also have the option of adding 4, 6, or 8 weeks of intensive Russian language study in Kyiv to this program – see the Russian Language Intensive section below for details.

Those looking to hit the ground running will want to look at our online courses, which will also earn you SRAS Learning Credit for your future study abroad experiece.

Course and Itinerary

Housing, Meals, Transportation

Faculty Leader and School of Record

Russian Language Intensive (Optional)

Scholarships and Grants

Budget Breakdown
Getting Started


Berlin, Germany;
Warsaw, Poland;
Moscow, Russia;
St. Petersburg, Russia;
Kyiv, Ukraine
Anthropology, Geopolitics, History, Sociology


Overall GPA of 2.5, 3.0 in major. No Russian language prerequisite.

Dates & Costs

  • 2022 Summer
    Year: 2022 Summer
    Dates: 15 May 2022 - 11 June 2022
    Application Deadline: 15 March 2022
    Cost: $5,995
  • 2022 Summer + Language
    Year: 2022 Summer
    Dates: 15 May 2022 - 09 July 2022
    Application Deadline: 15 March 2022
    Cost: $8,495

Program Inclusions

Hostel accommodation, pre-departure information, roundtrip airport transfers, programming, travel between St. Petersburg and Kyiv, meals as per itinerary, health and emergency insurance, and SRAS in-country support.