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Information Session: Tuesday, November 16 at 4:30 (place TBA). The Davidson in Moscow program is open to all Davidson students, including those with no previous experience with Russian language. The program offers 2 weeks of Russian language study and a survey of Russian history (in English) at our host institute in Moscow, follwed by one-week cultural excursion to St. Petersburg. All courses are taught by MGIMO faculty and the cultural program will be organized by the resident director, Dr. Amanda Ewington, Associate Professor of Russian at Davidson.
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What is MGIMO? MGIMO stands for Moscow State Institute of International Relations (Московский Государственный Институт Международных Отношений). MGIMO is Russia's most prestigious university, serving as a training ground for Russia's political leaders and diplomats. You can get a feel for the institution through the MGIMO website (click on "Eng" in top right corner for English version).
Davidson and MGIMO:
For the last ten years Davidson has maintained both a scholarly and student exchange with MGIMO. Davidson Professor of History, Dr. Earl Edmondson, Dean of Faculty and Professor of Economics, Dr. Clark Ross, and Dr. Fred Smith of the Davidson Economics department have visited and lectured at MGIMO. Davidson has hosted MGIMO professors Vladimir Pechatnov and Andrei Sidorov, who gave lectures on Russian history and Russian-American Relations and visited a range of Davidson classes.
Every other fall, including this semester, Davidson welcomes a group of MGIMO students. The students participate in Davidson classes and live near campus. Their visit provides a wonderful opportunity for the Davidson in Moscow participants to meet MGIMO students prior to arrival in Russia! We have been sending our students to MGIMO for summer study since 2003.
Housing: Students share a double room with another Davidson student. The dormitory is located right next door to the main MGIMO building, where classes are held. Each room has a private bathroom, color television with cable, and refrigerator. The dorm also has a kitchen on one of the floors for student use. The room has basic maid service. The dormitory is accessible only with ID and the front-desk is staffed 24/7. A telephone is located on each floor and phone cards may be purchased at the front desk or in metro stations.
Meals: Students are responsible for their own meals. The MGIMO campus has cafeterias and several cafes. Students enjoy ample opportunity to explore the great culinary diversity of Moscow. Everything is at your fingertips, from traditional Russian cuisine on the cheap at the popular chain, Cafe Mu-Mu, to delicious Georgian cuisine at Mama Zoya's, or, if you're in a real bind, the ubiquitous McDonald's , including one just a ten minute walk from your dorm. There are supermarkets within walking distance of the dorm, and when you get a hankering for some fancy European groceries, you can head downtown to the Swedish Stockmann (they take credit cards!) or the Seventh Continent (Седьмой континент). Dr. Ewington will also be sure to acquaint you with the wonderful produce and cultural experience of Moscow's open markets.
Moscow Excursions: MGIMO classes are set up to allow plenty of time to explore Moscow on free days and weekends. There will be at least 4planned excursions around Moscow each week, covered by your program cost. In past years these have included:
Day-trips and weekends:
St. Petersburg excursions :
Program Cost: TBA
Medical Insurance: As with all Davidson study abroad programs, all participants are required to have medical coverage, which includes an extension or supplemental insurance with specific overseas coverage and medical evacuation.
Immediately: Apply for a passport if you don't already have one!
January 14: Applications due
January 21: Notification of acceptances
January 21: $500 depost due
April 15: Medical and insurance forms due at Office of Study Abroad
May 1: Full payment due and time to submit visa applications
Please contact Dr. Ewington for more information.
Many thanks to Davidson in Moscow alumnae Alana Calvin ('07) and Amy Freeman ('07) for allowing me to add their photos to this site.