Travel Within Russia

One trip outside of your host city is included in the cost of the program each semester.  Destinations are agreed upon by the group and trips are led by the Resident Coordinator, generally for up to one week.  In certain semesters, two shorter (weekend) trips might be substituted for a single, longer excursion. Group trips are not mandatory, but you are not reimbursed if you choose not to attend.  Group trips are open only to participants on the School in Russia program.

The School in Russia likewise encourages students to take advantage of independent travel opportunities available in Russia and the former Soviet Union.  Students are, however, expected to adhere to the following guidelines when embarking on independent travel:

  1. Independent travel is permitted only on weekends and holidays.  No class time (Friday afternoon or Monday morning) may be missed to accommodate independent travel plans.
  2. All independent travel plans must be discussed with the Resident Coordinator.
  3. Students are strongly discouraged from traveling in Russia alone.
  4. All students who plan to travel independently must submit (hardcopy) a Travel Notification Form to the Resident Coordinator or Director before their departure.  This form must include travel dates and destinations, accommodation information, and contact telephones and addresses. This information will be kept confidential and used only in cases of emergency or urgent messages from parents.
  5. Students are forbidden to travel to any area of Russia or the former Soviet Union which has a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 4. For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s International Travel website, which contains the current Travel Advisory. Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling1.888.407.4747 toll-free within the U.S. and Canada, or by calling a regular toll line, 1.202.501.4444, from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  6. All independent travel is undertaken at the student’s own risk.  Middlebury College cannot be held responsible for students’ safety and well-being while traveling, as outlined in the Conditions of Participation.

Students should also note that all former republics of the Soviet Union (except the Baltic States, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) now require their own visas for American citizens, and it is the student’s responsibility to obtain all necessary travel documents for trips outside Russia.

Never travel without your passport, visa, registration documents, and migration card.