Russian and East European Studies
Department Chair:
Arlene Forman

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8650
Fax: (440) 775-6355

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

Study Abroad

Study Abroad


Through the Saint Petersburg Semester and the Russian Summer Programs of the Council on International Educational Exchange, of which Oberlin is an affiliate, students have the opportunity to perfect their language skills and to gain a first-hand knowledge of Russian life.

Oberlin students are also eligible to participate in the O'Neil Moscow Theatre Arts Program of the National Theater Institute.

Another option is a study-away semester or year with C.V.Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad. Middlebury schools abroad include locations in Moscow, Irkutsk, and Yaroslavl, where undergraduates may study Russian life and culture and (if desirous) participate in a prearranged internship. Additionally, Middlebury offers a program for enrolled graduates.

American Councils Study Abroad administers exchange programs for everyone from high school students to professional researchers.

The Bard-Smolny Program in St. Petersburg offers students a chance to experience Russia while still studying in a liberal arts environment. As the first liberal arts institution in Russia, Smolny institute offers courses in everything from studio art to mathematics to Russian literature and language.

For further information on these programs, contact Ms. Forman, Mr. Newlin, or Mr. Scholl.


The Council on International Education also runs a program in Warsaw, Poland, allowing students to immerse themselves in Central European Studies.


Central European University is a post-graduate study institution for the social sciences, drawing an international student body, and dedicated to promoting civic reform in the governments of Eastern Europe and the NIS. Bard College offers an undergraduate study-abroad program through which Oberlin students can spend a semester at CEU.

The Budapest Semester in Mathematics allows students to spend a semester studying Math in Central Europe.

The Council on International Education offers a semester in Central European Studies in Budapest.

Czech Republic

The Council on International Education offers a semester in Central European Studies in Prague.

The Prague Film School offers students the opportunity to spend a semester studying filmmaking in one of Europe's premier cinema cities.

Other Approved Locations

For a list of all other Oberlin-affiliated programs, see the list in The Office of Study Away. The programs in Austria, Germany, and Greece may be particularly relevant to students of Russian and East European Studies.

Things to Consider when Choosing and Applying to a Program

Students on financial aid should consult the Director of Financial Aid before planning to participate in the CIEE or other programs. Participants in the CIEE programs in Saint Petersburg, the Moscow Theatre Arts Program, or the Middlebury program should consult the Russian staff for a preliminary interpretation of such work in terms of Oberlin credit. Credits are transferable to Oberlin following the college's transfer credit policy and departmental limits.



Programs Not Affiliated with Oberlin

Midwest Programs: The University of Illinois maintains a page on different Russian and Eastern European study away programs that are administered by colleges in the Midwest.

Collegium Hieronymi Pragensis offers an undergraduate program in Prague that may be particularly appealing to students interested in music and theater.