Welcome to the Middlebury Schools in Russia Graduate Handbook! Please use the menu above to navigate to different sections of the Handbook.
This Handbook has been compiled in an effort to begin preparing you, graduate students, for an academic year in Russia as part of your MA degree program. Please read everything carefully and be sure to follow instructions. Failure to do so will waste valuable time and may jeopardize your participation in the program. A successful experience abroad depends in part upon how well you are able to assume the responsibility of preparing yourself for it.
If you read all of this material carefully you will find the answers to many commonly asked and basic questions. However, our office always welcomes your e-mails, phone calls, and inquiries and hopes that you will continue to seek guidance and support as you prepare for your School Abroad experience. Likewise, our staff is always available to talk to your parents and family and answer any questions they may have regarding your time abroad.
We strongly recommend that family members, parents, or guardians become familiar with the contents of this handbook.
We hope this information will be helpful and we wish you a productive and enjoyable year abroad.
Middlebury endeavors to present an accurate overview of the programs, facilities, and fees of the Schools Abroad in this publication. However, Middlebury reserves the right to alter any programs, facilities, fees, policies and/or procedures described in this publication without notice or obligation. This handbook is published on the Middlebury Schools Abroad website; any changes after initial publication will be made on the web and such changes shall supersede all prior versions of this handbook.
- Costs and Expenses
- Student Visa
- HIV Testing
- Registering with the U.S. Department of State
- Travel to Russia
- Checklist of Items to Pack
- General Packing Suggestions
Arrival in Russia
Academic and Administrative Matters
- University Documentation
- Program Administration
- Host Universities
- Academic Program
- Educational Differences
- Grade Equivalency
- Learning Outside the Classroom
Living in Russia
- Registering Your Visa
- Other Accommodations
- Cultural Differences
- Meeting Russians
- Travel Within Russia
- Visits from Family and Friends
Health and Safety
- Hospitals and Medical Care
- Psychological Health and Counseling
- Birth Control and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Diet and Health
- Allergies and Accommodations
- Staying Safe in Russia
- Global Rescue
- Sexual Assault and Harassment
On-Site Money Matters
Communication with Friends and Family
- Communication and Immersion
- Language Pledge
- Internet and Email
- Communication with Middlebury in Russia