Study Abroad

Jennifer Ginsburg in St. Petersburg, Russia

Jennifer Ginsburg '14 in St. Petersburg, Russia

Brandeis has some great options for those wishing to study Russian Studies both on and off campus. Many students studying Russian choose to take advantage of the great opportunities offered in Russia to bolster their language skills, gain important cross-cultural perspectives, and learn about the politics of the region. This page contains information that will assist those interested in studying Russian determine how best to integrate study abroad into their Brandeis careers.

Sample of Approved Programs

For more details on these and other programs for Russian Studies majors, visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List. Click on "Advanced Search" to filter options or search for unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where Russian courses may be available.

Study Abroad Liaison

To assist students with their academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/ minor credit while abroad, each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the Study Abroad Liaison. The liaison for Russian Studies is Prof. Irina Dubinina. Students interested in studying abroad should meet with the liaison to discuss their interest in studying Russian abroad, identify a program, review their proposed coursework and understand the requirements and learning goals of Russian courses abroad.

After returning from abroad, students should work with Prof. David Powelstock to ensure that the credit transfers to their major/minor properly. Please feel free to reach out to your Study Abroad Advisor with any questions. 

Receiving Credit in Russian Studies

Before going abroad, you can find out whether a specific course will or will not count as a Russian Studies elective by speaking with the Study Abroad Liaison. It is strongly recommended that you do this prior to going abroad. In order to formally request Russian Studies credit for the course, you must contact Prof. Powelstock upon your return to Brandeis and after you have received a grade for the course. The final step would be to fill out a "Petition to Request a Substitution for a Requirement."


Scholarships that may be accessible to students interested in Russian Studies include the Boren scholarship. More information on eligibility criteria and applying to the program can be found on their website.