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  • Locations: Barnaul, Russia
  • Program Terms: Summer, Summer 16 ONLY
  • Restrictions: HWS applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-Term Summer Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
HWS  Short Term Summer Faculty Led Program
Siberian Culture in the Golden Altai; 2 Credits
Led by: David Galloway
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Application Deadline: Feb 15

Course Title: Siberian Culture in the Golden Altai:
Based in the city of Barnaul, this six-week seminar will foster interdisciplinary learning and teaching in Russian area studies by immersing participants in the language, culture, and contemporary issues of Siberia. Participants will complete five weeks of intensive language training at the advanced level and coursework in Russian on Altai culture.
Note: This program is fully funded through a Fulbright grant. Limited space is available; participants must have completed three years of Russian language study (minimum) to be eligible.

Faculty Director: David Galloway:
Prof. Galloway is an Associate Professor in the Russian Area Studies program and Associate Dean of the Faculty for Curricular Initiatives and Development. He has taught at HWS since 1999 and has extensive experience developing and leading programs abroad. He directed the 2006 HWS Siberia summer program at Lake Baikal and the 2015 program in Barnaul, directed a semester abroad in Galway, and has taken over 110 students to Russia on 11 trips abroad since 2003.

Course Description:
Siberia and the Russian Far East constitute some 75% of Russian territory and contain the majority of the country's natural resources. It is an area relatively little studied and little traveled to by academics in the United States. Bordering China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, this part of Russia will play a significant role in geopolitics and international relations as the economic and political power of China grows and the countries of East Asia increase their cooperation.
This course will foster interdisciplinary learning and teaching in Russian area studies by immersing participants in the language, culture, and contemporary issues of Siberia. Participants will complete language training at the advanced as well as coursework in Russian on cultural studies of the Altai. Because this experience is designed for advanced Russian learners, no English materials will be used in the course.

Themes and Focuses of the Course:
  • Foster interdisciplinary learning and teaching in Russian area studies by immersing participants in the language, culture, and contemporary issues of Siberia
  • Examine firsthand the complexity and diversity of Russia in terms of culture, ethnicity, and physical environment
  • Enable a multifaceted understanding of Russia, critical in order to interact with the country and its people on a professional basis
  • Utilize an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from all relevant topics and fields in order to best grasp the changes that make Siberian Russia what it is today, and the influences that will shape it in the future
  • Offer participants a different, and rarely visited, region of Asiatic Russia in which to study
*Intensive language component- Russian language training (5hr/day) will take place formally for the program in partnership with the Altai State Pedagogical University (ASPU) with local professors. Instruction follows standards set by the ASPU Faculty of Russian Language and Literature for courses in Russian as a Foreign Language, and will be offered in three sections at the advanced level.

For more information regarding this course, contact professor Galloway by emailing

Course Pre-requisities/Eligibility:
Important note on Application Criteria and Course Credit for Short-term Programs.

Qualified sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors may apply. Unfortunately the program is not open to first years. Applicants must have Russian language experience equal to the third year. This program is not intended or designed for heritage learners (those who speak Russian at home). Because this program is funded by the U.S. government, only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Course cross-listings and credit:

This course will be worth two HWS course credits and has been approved by the following departments to receive major/minor credit: Russian Area Studies. Advisors in other departments may allow you to satisfy other Goal requirements (i.e. Goal 7 Multiplicity of world cultures) with the course, but students should always discuss this with their advisors.

GPA Requirement:
Students applying for this program should have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA

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Travel Dates: July 02 - August 14, 2019

Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

Itinerary Highlights:
  • Visits to sites of historical significance such as the Archaeology museum, Altai State Museum of Local Lore, City Museum, and the State Museum of Literature, Art and Culture of Altai
  • Fine Arts excursions to places such as Art Gallery of Schetinin, Republic of Fine Arts Gallery, Turin Mountain Gallery, and the Gallery of Modern Art
  • Excursions to the foothills of the Altai
Housing and Meals:
All participants will live in homestays in the city with Russian families. Weekday lunches will take place at the university, with breakfast and dinner served at home.
Group flights will be arranged by the CGE and accepted students will be notified of the booking info for the flight once it’s available. Note that it is participants’ responsibility to arrange for travel to New York city, as this is not covered by the grant.
Passports and Visas:
All students will need a passport valid until at least 6 months after the return date (August 14th) of this program to participate OR 6 months after the visa expiration date, if you purchase a 3-year visa. A visa is required for Russia. The cost for the visa is approximately $300-$400. Each student must apply for his or her own visa, but the Program Director will provide guidance through the process.
Hepatitis A and B immunizations are recommended for travelers to Russia. Please check the CDC website to read more about the recommendations. If you choose to get immunizations, you can do this at a local medical clinic near your home - use this link to find travel medicine clinics - or possibly with your home doctor or you can contact one of the Passport Health offices in Canandaigua, Rochester or Syracuse who provide travel immunizations. Their contact number is: (585) 275-8884.

Program Fees:
The program costs are heavily subsidized by a Fulbright grant. The program fees will be only $500 for the 42-day program. This covers the study abroad administrative fee and all usual expenses in Russia, including: tuition, meals, comprehensive medical insurance, accommodations, train travel, flight to and from Russia via NYC, train from Moscow to Barnaul, entrance fees, day trips and excursions and local travel.
The following costs are NOT included in the grant and are the responsibility of each participant: visa costs, passport costs/renewals, immunizations, personal spending, weekday transport from your homestay to the university, as well as any costs incurred traveling from participants’ homes to and from New York City.
NOTE: Students will be required to pay a $500 deposit if accepted. If you withdraw after accepting your spot, you will lose the $500 deposit.
Deposit and Cancellation Policy:
Deposit and cancellation policy: After applying and being accepted to the program, students will need to make a $500 non-refundable deposit to the Student Accounts office in Demarest Hall to hold their place in this program. Students will be responsible for additional expenses beyond the $500 if they withdraw from the program while it’s in progress or less than 90 days before the program begins. Specifically, students will be held accountable for any expenditures made by HWS on their behalf that the CGE is unable to recoup from any untimely withdrawal, such as housing deposits, non-refundable hotel reservations, excursion deposits, etc.

Please note: Students must make the initial non-refundable deposit in person at the business office.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Anthony Mandela in the HWS Center for Global Education at 315-781-3663 or mandela@

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.