We strongly encourage students to participate in a domestic immersion program or study abroad in a Russian-speaking country in order to achieve advanced proficiency. 

Due to Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine, Davidson no longer sends students to the Russian Federation for study abroad. Students have recently had excellent experiences studying in intensive Russian language programs in Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Kazakhstan.

Below you'll find recommended programs for Davidson students seeking summer, semester, academic year or post-graduation programs. Given U.S. strategic interest in Russia and Eurasia, several funded opportunities (CLS, Boren, Fulbright, and Peace Corps) complement the more traditional study-abroad offerings.

Student Spotlight Sophia Monte '24

“Russian studies at Davidson has given me the opportunity to experience a part of the world I knew little about before coming to college. My time spent in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Almaty, Kazakhstan has been so transformative to my Russian skills and personal development. I feel particularly grateful that the faculty of the Russian Studies department encouraged me to study abroad and guided me towards opportunities to study Russian in an intensive environment. Besides language classes, the coursework of the Russian Studies major has deepened my understanding of the Russian-speaking world and allowed me to draw connections to my political sciences classes.”

Start Planning

Please contact Prof. Amanda Ewington at amewington@davidson.edu to discuss possibilities for study in Russia and departmental credit toward the minor or major. Students planning to study abroad should then make an appointment with the Office of Education Abroad to learn about important internal Davidson deadlines and procedures.

An old stone monastery in front of a pink and blue sunset sky
Kate Spencer '24 in Armenia
Astana City Skyline in Kazakhstan
Sophia Monte '24 in Kazakhstan
A white male stands in front of a wide landscape and smiles
A group of students wearing coats and hats stand in front of an old train station