Russian and East European Studies
Department Chair:
Stephen Crowley

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758650
Fax: 440 7756355

Peters Hall 222
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074




The Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies (OCREECAS) is designed to strengthen the study and teaching of Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at Oberlin, by expanding summer and post-graduation internship, community service, study abroad, and employment opportunities for students; fostering the development of new curricula; and offering a broad range of cultural activities focusing on the region. The center will provide the administrative support and resources essential to develop innovative programming for Oberlin students and graduates, while assuring participant safety and program quality within the rapidly changing conditions of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.


OCREECAS Internships

OCREECAS internships fund student work in Russia during the summer and/or after graduation, providing unique opportunities to experience and learn Russian language, culture, and professional life in situ. Read the stories of past interns and learn more about how you can apply!

Russian House

Russian House (Allencroft) is a coeducational residence that supports students' study of Russian language through programming with faculty, opportunities for language immersion among fellow students, and regular interaction and speaking experience with two native speakers: Faculty-in-Residence Dr. Maia Solovieva and this year's visiting Fulbright Teaching Assistant, Anya Solovieva. See the Russian House Facebook page for up-to-date information on events. Also, Now Showing at Russian House: Russian satellite TV so you can come by and see what's on the news in Russia!

Short Courses

In addition to the regular full-term courses offered each year by faculty affiliated with the center, OCREECAS regularly sponsors shorter but intensive credit-bearing courses taught by both Oberlin faculty and visiting specialists in the field of Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies. 

OCREECAS Newsletter

The annual OCREECAS newsletter is the best way to learn about recent events, courses, internships, and student and faculty achievements. You can download a copy of the current edition or access archived newsletters from years past.


Information on upcoming and past events, including concerts, film screenings, lecturers, and artist residencies.

 The People of OCREECAS

Find out about the students and faculty who organize and participate in OCREECAS's programs.

Study Abroad

Oberlin offers several opportunities for study abroad in Russia and Eastern Europe. Learn more about the programs, prerequisites, and application procedures.

External Resources for Study and Travel

Helpful resources for culture, art, literature, language, and travel in post-Soviet countries.