Study Abroad 

Students are encouraged to study abroad, usually in their junior year, choosing from a broad selection of programs approved by the International & Off-Campus Study Office.

Each foreign language department offers one summer stipend to a student for completing a project or course of study in a foreign country after sophomore year. In addition to this departmental scholarship, Russian students compete in alternate years for the Russell Summer Travel Stipend, which enables one student to travel to Russia.

Summer Travel Course 

RUS 179. From Tsars to Commissars: An Introduction to Russian Culture

Through an exploration of the literary, artistic, social, and political context, this course will introduce the major aspects of Russian life and culture.  By becoming acquainted with the stories of such typically Russian characters and their worlds, we will better understand Russian culture and identity. This course begins with an intensive overview of themes and works seminal in the development of Russian literature, art, history, and politics.  The final three weeks of the course will be spent in Russia (primarily St. Petersburg and Moscow) where these themes will be investigated more extensively through a variety of classes, activities, and excursions.    




Summer Awards 

The Thomas W. and Dorothy M. Russell Summer Russian Study Award Projects

The Russell Award to promote the study of Russian language and culture was made possible by the generosity of the late Dorothy Chapman in honor of her parents. The award, with a value of $3,000 (or more if exceptional expenses warrant and funds are available), is to be used in Russia for formal study and educational travel. Preference will be given to full-time students who have reached an advanced level in the Russian language and who will be returning to campus for further study, but others will also be considered. More information is available from the Russian and Russian Studies department.


How to Apply

Completed applications should be submitted to Professor Jon Stone, who will appoint a selection committee. For some, but not necessarily all, candidates, the committee may conduct interviews.

Winners will agree to use the funds as stipulated in the proposal and to submit receipts to the Business Office within 30 days after completing the project. Winners will be notified around spring Break if possible. Winners are recognized at Awards Day in April and are expected to write a report and to make presentations on campus to interested groups about their projects, including at the Campus Research Fair in April, if their topic is appropriate.

Deadline: First Friday in March



Candidates should submit the following, all in one print copy:

1. The Summer Study/Travel Awards Application Cover Sheet. The form will guide you in how to submit these supplemental items:

2. A copy of the your latest unofficial F&M transcript.

3. A biographical essay of about 500 words describing your education, interests, achievements, personal and professional goals, and other relevant factors.

4. A statement of about 500 words about the project: its objectives, how you will achieve them, its connection to your interests, background, and goals, and how you will share the results with others.

5. A budget of all expected expenses (using the Summer Award Budget form), including any that would be met from other sources.

6. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can speak to your qualifications and plans, your level in the Russian language, your prior knowledge of the culture, and the value and feasibility of your project, and the names of two more FSA willing to recommend you if needed.



Diane Z. Sand Russian Cultural Enrichment Fund

The Sand Award of $100 is given to students who are planning to study in Russia either in the summer session or academic year to enhance their cultural experience in Russia.  The award was initiated for students who were planning on studying in Russia during the summer of 2010.

The award may be used to help defray the cost of tickets to cultural events, such as ballet, theatre, film, music or art, to supplement the cost of a cultural excursion while in Russia, or to purchase books (literature, art, history, etc.) in Russian.  Upon returning to campus, each student will submit a report in writing on how the award was used.