Trans-Siberian summer program 2016

A four or eight-week summer immersion program in Russia with New Hampshire University that takes you from Europe to the Pacific, from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Vladivostok.

Application deadline: March 4, 2016

Studying Russian culture and exploring the thorny issue of national identity in Russia will give you a profound image of the country, its people and its history.

Exploring  Moscow, founded in 1147 and now the biggest city in Europe, will give you an overview of recent and ancient history and provide you with an opportunity for an intensive dose of authentic Russian culture.  Walk through Red Square, which saw the edicts of Ivan the Terrible, the burning of Moscow by Napoleon, the Communist revolution, all the way to Paul McCartney playing a triumphant “Back In the USSR” to Vladimir Putin and thousands of screaming Russian fans. 

Visiting St. Petersburg, known for its canals as Venice of the North, will give you insight into the east-west conflict within the Russian cultural heritage. Visit the Hermitage, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world.  Walk along the streets of Dostoyevsky’s characters.  Explore where and how the Communist Revolution began in 1917.

Taking the Trans Siberian railroad from European Russia, across the Asian continent to the Pacific Ocean will help you understand the Russian preoccupation with size. See the steppes that brought Genghis Khan to Russia, experience the natural beauty of Siberia and Lake Baikal that holds 20% of the world’s fresh water. See the small towns, large cities, the taiga, the mountains and the steppes.

Today’s Russia is a fascinating blend of a thousand year history with its reinvention as a modern semi-capitalist nation and an almost inexplicable blend of East and West.   To quote Winston Churchill “ Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” –  Experience this riddle first hand, live with Russian families, ride the trains with them, stay in student hostels, study with Russian scholars and under the guidance of experienced UNH faculty. Be a participant in solving this riddle!

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