Welcome Letter

Добро пожаловать в Школу Миддлбери в России!

Our School in Russia staff has prepared this Handbook to assist you as you make preliminary preparations for study in Russia.  You should find answers to many of your basic questions in the material presented here, and we ask that you review it very carefully.

The School in Russia is a unique and challenging program in a uniquely challenging place. Your experience in Russia will test you in new ways and will reward you beyond your expectations, but it will require concerted effort, determined independence, and extreme flexibility on your part.   We stress the importance of “informed participation” throughout the study abroad experience, and, beginning with this Handbook, we will do all that we can to help you with this approach.

As you make your preparations, please remember that our offices always welcome your emails, phone calls, and inquiries.  We hope that you will continue to seek personal guidance and support as you prepare for your School in Russia experience. Likewise, our staff is always available to talk to your parents and/or guardians and to answer any questions they may have regarding your time in Russia.

This Handbook is a companion piece meant to be read and used in conjunction with the Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad General Handbook.

Best wishes as you head out on this exciting adventure!  We look forward to meeting you in Moscow soon!


Nana Tsikhelashvili
Associate Professor and Director
Middlebury School in Russia