An Innovative Look at a Unique Environment
Hosted at: Irkutsk State Linguistic University
Siberian Studies looks at the unique environment and problems faced by Siberia today. Students will explore the region’s history from its first colonization to its Soviet industrialization, to its current transition to a market economy. Students will also critically consider Russian and international theories for how to understand and deal with the impact of these events in addition to learning the Russian vocabulary and cultural norms related to environmental issues.
This innovative course also allows students to opt for additional hands-on experience by serving an internship with a local environmental NGO, museum, or other organization. Students with advanced Russian skills can gain more language practice, cultural integration, and environmental knowledge by joining mainstream classes attended by Russian environmental majors. Students staying for a second semester can, for their second semester, chose to enroll in more mainstream courses (see below) and continue their internship, or can elect to conduct a research project (see below).
The environment is a local and global issue. Tomorrow's environmental professionals will need to cross borders and communicate with a wide range of people to achieve their goals. This program is geared to help train those professionals today.
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- Core courses: All levels -
RS-100/200/300 Russian Language Study
Courses offered at six different levels, from beginning to advanced. For more information see SRAS's suggested syllabi for beginning (100), intermediate (200), and advanced (300).
Academic Hours: 300
Study the issues of concern to today's Siberia by interning with Great Baikal Trail or another local NGO or business. Or, delve further into the history with work at a local museum. Or, meet and host discussions with locals at a local educational institution. This hands-on internship provides an opportunity for students to work closely with and meet local Russians while helping to improve language skills and the local environment and economy.
Academic Hours: Dependent on individual internship; Course optional
SS-311: The History and Environment of Siberia
Overview of the history of Siberia from its ancient beginnings to its Russian colonization, Soviet industrialization, and modern condition. Special focus on the history of Irkutsk. Explore Siberia's environmental problems as caused by industrialization and its transition from a planned to a free market economy. Learn what the government, businesses, and NGOs are attempting to do about these economic problems. Additional focus on professional (environment and ecology) language development.
Academic Hours: 56 (plus culture lab)
RS-311b: Culture Lab
Excursions, seminars, and other out-of-the-classroom experiences at locations of historical, cultural, or other interest.
SS-4??: Mainstream Courses
Students with advanced Russian skills may optionally enrol in courses in history, literature, environmental sciences, and other subjects. These are taught in Russian and attended by Russian students as part of their degree programs. The list of available courses is most often not available until just before the start of the semester (after your arrival to Russia).
Academic Hours: Varies; Course optional
SS-302 Research Project
Available only to second semester students
Conduct field or archival research in Irkutsk area on subject of your choice. Students will submit a project proposal in advance, which will be discussed with SRAS staff to hone its methodology and focus. The project must result in a paper of at least 15 pages, to be delivered in final form no later than 45 days after the program ends. Final grades for this course are not given until the paper is turned in and evaluated.
Academic Hours: Dependent on Individual Project
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WHAT IS AN AFFILIATE?
An Affiliate is a partner organization that is evaluated and approved by the University of Utah. Affiliates offer classes in both English and the host language. You may take classes with other U.S. students, international students, or students from the host country. Many affiliates provide special services such as visa support, housing, cultural excursions, and on-site staffing to help you navigate your host country.
APPLYING TO AN AFFILIATE PROGRAM
- Complete Learning Abroad 101. This is a short information session about programs, applications, financial aid, and scholarships. You can complete Learning Abroad 101 in-person or online.
- Submit your Applications. You will submit TWO Applications for this Program. These Applications can be completed at the same time.
- U of U Application- Click Apply Now at the top of your screen to get started and submit the Initial Payment.
- Affiliate Application- Click on the Homepage link above to find your Affiliate Application. Contact the Affiliate if you have questions.
- Commit to your U of U Application. You will receive an acceptance email to your Umail account. Log into your U of U Application and Commit to your Program within 3 business days of acceptance!
- Upload your Affiliate Acceptance Letter. When you receive your acceptance letter from the Affiliate, upload a copy in your U of U Application.
- Complete the Post-Decision Steps. Finish the Post-Decision steps in your U of U Application by the deadlines provided.
ACADEMICS & ACCOMMODATION
DATES & TRANSPORTATION
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LEARNING ABROAD BADGES
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- You will automatically be assigned to a Coordinator when you start your U of U Application. Coordinators are assigned based on your major.
- You must complete Learning Abroad 101 before meeting with a Coordinator.
LEARNING ABROAD HANDBOOK
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