Costs and Expenses
Estimates of program costs for full and half-year students can be found on our website. Middlebury College will bill you for the comprehensive fee (and the per-semester study abroad fee for Middlebury students); the remaining expenses will be out-of-pocket. Figures may vary depending on individual lifestyles and situations. Please note that the “Personal” figure covers some basic necessities (local transportation, cell phone, bank fees, program-sponsored excursions, etc.) and does not, and is not intended to include students’ discretionary spending (e.g. entertainment, fitness, and travel).
In general, you should plan to spend at least as much in a given month in Russia as you would at home. Keep in mind that the amount of money you spend ultimately depends on the lifestyle you choose.
Remember to budget extra if you are planning to travel before or after your program. Travel during the semester is not recommended (except during fall/spring break) due to changing course schedules and make-up classes. Plane tickets are often more expensive than in the U.S. Train travel has remained comparatively inexpensive, but fares increase each year. If you are a big spender in the U.S., bringing more money would be a good idea. Students who plan on regularly sampling the nightlife of their cities (particularly Moscow) should budget extra money for taxis. Public transportation in all cities shuts down between 11 pm and 6 am and the only way to get home during these periods is by taxi.