Dates: Summer 2013
PROGRAM FEE: $4,995.
This fee includes: 6 credits tuition, accommodation in Moscow, cultural programs, transportation to and from academic sites, pre-departure orientation, and emergency evacuation insurance. Please note that international airfare is not included.
ELIGIBILITY: this program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including those who do not attend George Mason University.
CREDITS: seeking 3-6 undergraduate credits available in ECON, GLOA, GOVT or NCLC. Seeking approval for 3 Graduate credits in ECON 695
HOUSING - Dormitories provided by the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
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This interdisciplinary course offers students an intellectually stimulating, innovative and diverse program of study with maximum exposure to the economic, cultural and political life of contemporary Russia. The course provides a survey of Russian political and economic realities, as well as an introduction into Russian history and culture. The major objective is to discuss the country’s prospects for economic and political development in a globalizing world. The course has three components: political, economic, and cultural.
The Winter Palace at Night
The economic component focuses on Russia’s integration into global economy, including international trade, global financial and energy markets, production patterns, and technology. The political dimension addresses institutions, major political players, foreign affairs policies, civil society, public opinion, political parties, and opposition. The cultural program includes visits to various historic sites, including the Moscow Kremlin, Red Square, and the Pushkin Museum.
St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
The structure of the course revolves around regular coursework and relevant site visits. Class meetings are held daily with time allocated for site visits allowing students to see the day-to-day operations and meet with the representatives of international and domestic NGOs, private and state-owned companies, foreign companies in Russia, financial institutions, think tanks, and government agencies.
Dr. Irina Aervitz holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics and International Relations from Miami University of Ohio and taught economic globalization and global affairs at George Mason University for three years. She has experience in project management, market research, and government relations in the US, Russia, and China. Her research primarily focuses on the political economy of China and Russia. She regularly contributes to Russia Profile, a Moscow-based English language magazine covering economic relationship between the US and Russia. Her reports and analytical pieces have also appeared in Asia Times Online and Voice of America among others. Email Dr. Aervitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.