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Culture and social activities

Study Abroad in Moscow, Russia
Each week we offer cultural events which give our students a way to experience Russia on a first hand basis. Each week, we take our students to two cultural events ranging from concerts, theaters, operas, ballets, the Moscow Circus and sporting events once on a weekday and the other on the weekend. These events are all included in the program cost and no additional fees (like entrance fees) are required.
And do not miss mid-semester trips to Saint Petersburg or Kazan.

Our Orientation tour includes visiting the most famous historical places in the centre of Moscow, such as the Red Square, the Kremlin, Saint Basil's Cathedral, the Historical Museum, the Minin and Pozharskiy monument, the Lenin's Mausoleum, Lubyanka Square, the Bolshoy Theater, Christ the Savior Cathedral. This tour is one of the best ways to start your acquaintance with the capital of Russia and an excellent way to see a lot of historical places, monuments, famous buildings and streets where you can also return later to continue your exploration of the city.
Excursion to the Moscow Kremlin and Assumption Cathedral
The Moscow Kremlin (Kreml, Московский Кремль) is the heart of the city and country, the place to which most Russian roads lead and from which most Russian power emanates. The Kremlin was once the center of Russia's Church as well as our state. The Kremlin occupies a roughly triangular plot of land covering little Borovitsky Hill on the north bank of the Moscow River. A Kremlin is a town's fortified stronghold, and the first short, wooden wall around Moscow's was built in the 1150s.
Assumption Cathedral is the focal church of pre-Revolutionary Russia and the burial place of most of the heads of the Russian Orthodox Church from the 1320s to 1700. The Assumption Cathedral was built between 1475 and 1479 after the Bolognese architect Aristotle Fioravanti. The iconostasis dates from 1652 but its lowest level contains some older icons.
Excursion to Tretyakov Gallery (Tret'iakovskaia Galereia)
Pavel Tretiakov, who collected the best work of contemporary painters in Moscow and St. Petersburg, founded this gallery in 1856. His brother Sergei collected the French and Dutch masters, and in 1872 they combined their collections and opened this extremely popular museum. In 1892 it was donated to the city of Moscow, and lives on with works by famous Russian painters such as Vasilii Perov, Ivan Kramskoi and Ilia Repin.
Excursion to the Kuskovo Estate

The Kuskovo Estate is one of the most beautiful palace and park ensembles in Moscow. The Estate and lands around it belonged to Counts Sheremetev from the beginning of the 17th century. The ensemble of the estate together with the palace and park was designed by architect Karl Blank.

Excursion to the Novodevitchiy convent
Novodevitchiy Convent in Moscow is one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles. It was founded by Vasiliy III in 1524 after Russians had managed to win back the city of Smolensk. The convent is situated in the south-west of Moscow on the bank of Moscow-river. Due to its geographical location the convent used to serve as a fortress and was very often in the center of most important political and historical events.

Russian Ballet.
The Nutcracker Ballet.
The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman. It is the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads. The magic story happens in the Christmas Eve under the Christmas tree.
Among other ballets which are usually included in our program are "The Swan Lake", "La Esmeralda", "Romeo and Juliet".
Military Orchestras Music Festival at Red Square.
Military festival takes place at the Red Square annually. The festival which used to be named "Kremlin zorya", now bears the name of "Spasskaya tower". The first festival took place in the fall of 2007 at Red Square. By hosting the event at Red Square, organizers of the festival did not want to show tanks and the mausoleum, but emphasize the beauty and the music of military orchestras from different countries dressed in their national uniforms
Igor Moiseyev's Folk Dance ballet .

The 70-year old Moiseyev Dance Company is consistently acclaimed throughout the world as the greatest of all folk dance groups. The ensemble, honored as Russia's official "State Academic Ensemble of Popular Dance," has captivated international audiences for decades with its peerless technical brilliance and exuberant evocations of traditional dances. At the heart of the group's success is the genius of its visionary artistic director, choreographer and founder, the late Igor Moiseyev.
Circus performance.

Since the reign of Catherine the Great, the circus has played an important role in the rich cultural traditions of Russia. Requiring great skill, benefiting from creativity and originality, circus nevertheless needs no sophistication. With its rich tradition and enviable reputation, the Russian Circus remains the standard by which others are judged. We are privileged to still have the opportunity to experience one of the jewels of Russia's impressive cultural heritage. Visits to Old Moscow Circus or New Moscow Circus are included in the program
List of Excursions for Semester
15 week program
Excursion of the downtown Moscow


Our Orientation tour includes visiting the most famous historical places in the centre of Moscow, such as the Red Square, the Kremlin, Saint Basil's Cathedral, the Historical Museum, the Minin and Pozharskiy monument, the Lenin's Mausoleum, Lubyanka Square, the Bolshoy Theater, Christ the Savior Cathedral. This tour is one of the best ways to start your acquaintance with the capital of Russia and an excellent way to see a lot of historical places, monuments, famous buildings and streets where you can also return later to continue your exploration of the city.

Excursion to the Kuskovo Estate


The unique monument of the 18th century, Kuskovo Estate, located in Perovsky district of Moscow, used to be the summer residence of Sheremetyev Counts. The architectural ensemble of the estate had been formed by the middle of the 18th century. Magnificent constructions such as the Palace, Grotto, Hermitage, Great stone conservatory, old church, and Italian and Dutch houses survived until nowadays. At Kuskovo there is also a very well preserved French regular park with ponds, pavilions and marble sculptures.

Excursion to the Moscow Kremlin and Assumption Cathedral


The Moscow Kremlin (Kreml, Московский Кремль) is the heart of the city and country, the place to which most Russian roads lead and from which most Russian power emanates. The Kremlin was once the center of Russia's Church as well as our state. The Kremlin occupies a roughly triangular plot of land covering little Borovitsky Hill on the north bank of the Moscow River. A Kremlin is a town's fortified stronghold, and the first short, wooden wall around Moscow's was built in the 1150s.

Assumption Cathedral is the focal church of pre-Revolutionary Russia and the burial place of most of the heads of the Russian Orthodox Church from the 1320s to 1700. The Assumption Cathedral was built between 1475 and 1479 after the Bolognese architect Aristotle Fioravanti. The iconostasis dates from 1652 but its lowest level contains some older icons.


Museum of Modern Russian History


Here you will find themed exhibitions dealing with the Russian Empire such as the takeover by the Bolsheviks, the Civil War (the Reds versus the Whites), the emergence of Stalinism and the history of the Soviet Union from its creation in 1922 to its dissolution in 1991. There is also a lot of hardware on display: period small arms, a World War I armored car, a 6-inch artillery gun used by Bolshevik insurgents to shell the Kremlin and pieces of Moscow's barricades from 1991. A separate exhibition features gifts which have been presented to Soviet leaders from Stalin to Gorbachev.





Kolomenskoe Palace


Tsar Alexis Mikhailovich built an elaborate wooden palace in the second half of the 17th century, famed for its fanciful, fairy-tale roofs. It exemplified the asymmetrical beauty of Russian wooden construction, and foreigners referred to it as 'an eighth wonder of the world'. The palace of Tsar Alexei in the Kolomenskoye museum preserve is a copy of a palace built in 1667 for Tsar Alexei and dismantled in 100 years at the order of Empress Catherine the Great because of it fell into ruin. Catherine the Great had plans to reconstruct to the palace, but they were never implemented.

Excursion to the Tretyakov Picture Gallery


The Tretyakov Gallery was reopened in 1995 after a nine-year renovation. The Tretyakov houses contain the world's best collection of Russian icons and an outstanding collection of other pre-Revolutionary Russian art, particularly the 19th-century Peredvizhniki. On the display there may be more masterpieces per square meter than anywhere else.

Maslenitsa Festival (March)

Celebrate spring's arrival at the Maslenitsa Festival, Moscow's annual week-long carnival. Originating in pagan times, this event showcases the Blini, a pancake symoblizing the golden warmth of the sun. It can be served with in the traditional style with caviar and sour cream, or with honey and jam for the less adventurous. In addition to the Blini, stalls offer everything from barankas and spice cakes to tea and vodka. Don't miss this raucous orgy of food, dancing, fireworks, and the best of Russian culture!

Excursion to Bulgakov's House

The museum was opened in May 2004 and is designed as an apartment, where the famous characters of Bulgakov's novel "Master and Margarita" used to live. The museum contains a unique electronic exposition dedicated to Bulgakov's life and art work; there are over 500 photographs, documents, film episodes based on Bulgakov's works, manuscripts, letters. This is the biggest collection of the existing documents and valuables associated with Bulgakov.



Mid-semester trip to Saint Petersburg

If Moscow is Europe's most Asiatic capital, St.Petersburg is Russia's most European city. Created by Peter the Great as his 'window to the West'. It was build with 18th and 19th-century European pomp and orderliness by mainly European architects. You are going to be provided with accommodation. The excursion program in the city will include orientation tour around the downtown, visiting the Hermitage, seeing some beautiful suburban architectural ensembles.

Museum of GULAG


In the midst of all the swanky shops on ul Petrovka, an archway leads to a courtyard that is strung with barbed wire and hung with portraits of political prisoners. Millions of prisoners spent years in these labour camps, made famous by Alexander Solzhenitsyn's book The Gulag Archipelago. More than 18 million people passed through this system during its peak years, from 1929 to 1953, although many camps remained in operation until the end of the 1980s. The gulag became a chilling symbol of political repression, as many of the prisoners were serving time for 'antisocial' or 'counter-revolutionary' behaviour. The museum serves as a history lesson about the system, as well as a memorial to its victims.

Visit to the Lenin's Mausoleum

The Mausoleum was built in January 1924 to preserve Lenin's body. Lenin's coffin was brought from the village of Gorki, where he died, on 23 January and placed in the Hall of Columns of the House of Unions for people to pay their last respects. The same night the architect A.Shchusev was instructed by the government to design and build a temporary mausoleum near the Kremlin walls in which the body would remain until the funeral, which was fixed for 27 January. Shchusev wandered around Red Square for a long time, and by sunset the design for a wooden mausoleum was prepared. It was in the form of a cube (the symbol of eternity) with a height of three meters. The contemporary Mausoleum was erected in the Red Square in 1930 replacing the wooden mausoleum. Lenin's body, with its face uncovered, was placed in a glass sarcophagus, and thousands of people filed past each day.

Excursions to Victory Park and The Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War
Victory Park was only completed in the mid-nineties, and is something of a last gasp for the Soviet tradition of monumental triumphal art. Located on and around the Poklonnaya Gora - the hill where Napoleon waited in vain to be given the keys to the city when his troops were surrounding Moscow in 1812 - the park is set in an area steeped in Russian military history.

The Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War, opened on May 9 1995, is located in the base of the Memorial Victory Complex on Poklonnaya Hill and covers more than 48.000 square meters. The Museum consists of the Entry Hall, the Halls of Glory and Memory, the Picture Gallery and six dioramas devoted to the most dramatic battles of the Great Patriotic War, two movie theatres, a hall for veterans' meetings and an exhibition hall.

The military display acts as a chronicle of the war through official documents, letters (official and personal), newspaper articles, photographs and paintings. In the Hall of Memory there are show-cases containing books with the names of those who died. An automated search system is being installed to help visitors find information on these soldiers more easily.



Visit to Izmailovo souvenir fair

The world largest exhibition - fair of fine and decorative arts. Vast collections of contemporary painting, antique works, medals, coins and souvenirs. Wander along the pleasant rows under fairy-tale wooden towers!

TIME FOR TRAVEL

During the program, there are usually couple of long weekends when the students can have time to explore Russian cities other than Moscow and Saint Petersburg which is already included into the program. Some of the destinations might be ancient Russian cities, such as Novgorod, Pskov, Vladimir and Suzdal or modern sea resorts like Sochi.

Students can also extend their stay at the end of the program in order to travel within Russia.