Intensive Russian in Pittsburgh and Moscow

This unique program offers students the opportunity to learn Russian at Pitt’s renowned Summer Language Institute in Pittsburgh and abroad in Moscow, Russia’s capital city. After 5 weeks of language and culture study at Pitt’s Oakland campus, students depart for a 5-week abroad program at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. In Moscow, students will continue their intensive language classes and engage in an excursion program with destinations such as the Kremlin, the Tretyakov Gallery, Vladimir/Suzdal, among others. During the final week of the programs, students take a 4-day trip to the “Northern capital” of Russia, the exquisite Saint-Petersburg. This program is open to students of Russian at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, and 4th-year levels. All applicants to SLI’s Russian programs are eligible to apply for an SLI Scholarship.

What You'll Accomplish: 
  • The equivalent of 1 academic year of Russian language training
  • Rapid gain in proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing in Russian
  • Deep understanding of Russian culture through hands-on activities centering on film, music, art, movement, and cuisine of Russia
  • Understanding of cross-cultural communication gleaned through the challenges and rewards of the international living experience


Moscow is Russia’s capital city and a world political, economic, scientific and cultural center. Moscow is home to such historical landmarks and cultural institutions as the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Bolshoi Theater, and Lenin’s Mausoleum, among hundreds of others. Travelers to Moscow conveniently get around via the beautiful and ornate Moscow metro system. Founded in the 12th century and representative of the traditional Russian way of life, Moscow is in fact one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in the world and an exciting city to explore and study. Whether you study literature, history, science, or politics or anything in between, you will never run out of things to do and sites to explore in Moscow.

Where You'll Live: 

While in Pittsburgh, students may select to live in the dormitories or locate an apartment to sublet. Students are responsible for the cost of housing in Pittsburgh. In Moscow, students will live in a university dormitory. The cost of housing abroad is included in the program cost.

What You'll Study: 

You’ll earn a total of 10 credits during your study of Russian in an intensive and immersive environment. The language learning you achieve will be equivalent to or greater than a full academic year’s worth of foreign language study. You will rapidly improve proficiency in all four language modes: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Oksana Stalczynski

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Global Experiences Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. Global experiences broaden your horizon, grow your circle of friends and improve your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about global experiences programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.


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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Robert Mulcahy

Having lived and worked in Moscow for over fifteen years as an editor and financial translator for Interfax, one of Russia's leading news agencies, Robert returned to the U.S. to pursue a doctorate degree in Slavic Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University. Robert has worked at the College of William & Mary and The Ohio State University, where he has taught various levels of Russian language, as well as courses in film, culture, folklore, media, and spy fiction. He has a longstanding experience in the field of short-term immersion programs and has been with SLI since 2013.


Zhanna Budenkova

Zhanna is a PhD student in Film Studies and Slavic at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her MA from Ruhr-Universität in Germany. Her research interests cover early Soviet cinema and science fiction films in the USSR. She is also working on the topic of body politics in Russian protest art. Her professional background includes journalism and involvement with documentary film production.


SLI programs charge in-state tuition rates to all participants regardless of residency.

Items Billed by Pitt

Tuition $7,760  
Program Fee $1000  
Study Abroad Fee $300  
Total Billed by Pitt $9,060  


Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,000 - $1,200
Personal Expenses and Meals $1,000


Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

The amounts above are for the 2019-2020 academic year and should be used as estimates only. Pricing for 2020-2021 will be posted and announced in the fall term.
What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included

  • Tuition for ten credits
  • Housing during the abroad portion of the program
  • International travel health insurance
  • Excursion program abroad
  • Weekly ethnic picnics and extracurricular activities in Pittsburgh
  • Bus pass and access to student facilities (gyms, libraries, etc.) in Pittsburgh


When You'll Go: 

Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted in the fall!