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Saratov on the Volga


Wyoming-Saratov Study Abroad Program

Summer Information

Program Description:  Summer 2017

•Place: Saratov, Russia. Located on the Volga River, approximately 450 miles southeast of Moscow

•Institution: Saratov State University. Situated in the center of the city, Saratov State University (Саратовский Государственный Университет им. Чернышевского) is one of the oldest universities in Russia.  During the year 2010 Saratov University was awarded the prestigious title "National Research University of the Russian Federation" (Национальный Исследовательский Университет Российской Федерации).

•Dates (approximate): June 16 (depart USA) - July 25, 2017 (depart Russia).  Click to see Summer 2016 Itinerary for a more specific idea of overall scheduling and organization.


Basic Program: Study, Cultural Program & Roundtrip Airfare

1). Basic Program: $2100 (approx.) (including tuition, room/board, cultural program, train travel: Moscow-Saratov)

2). International Airfare (round-trip): $1100-$1300 (prices can fluctuate widely, and vary based on carrier)

*If you choose to do just the "Basic Program" your departure may be earlier than stated above -- probably between July 16 and July 23 from Moscow.


TOTAL: $3200-$3400**

Add-On Excursions

1). 7-8 Day Volga River Trip (Saratov-Moscow): $760 (incl. chaperone)

2). 3-Day Excursion of Moscow:  $500 (approx. $125-$150/day, incl. chaperone)

(July 2016: incl. sightseeing, museums, room/board.  Note: Meals in Moscow are excluded.)

Miscellaneous Expenses

Personal Spending Money: $200-$500

Pre-trip Expenses

1). Application fee: $100 (in-state); $300 (out-of-state)

2). Passport: $65-$75

3). Visa and Passport Photos: $25

4). Visa Processing, Mailing: $300-400 (approx.)

Note:  Although we strive to maintain accuracy, prices listed are approximate and can therefore fluctuate due to factors such as inflation, dollar/ruble exchange rate, etc.  Traveling wise means embracing unpredictability!  **Costs may vary somewhat based on the dollar/ruble exchange rate, which can at times be volatile, and based on the effect of sanctions in the banking sector between the U.S. and Russia, which may necessitate wire transfers outside the usual UW channels.


A Short History

The Summer 2017 Wyoming-Saratov Study Abroad Program marks the 25th consecutive year that students from the University of Wyoming (and from cooperating institutions, including University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Universitiy of Utah, Western Michigan University, University of Michigan, East Carolina University, and Colorado State University) will have traveled to Saratov for Russian language study. The first group arrived in June '93, only a few months after the city had been opened to western visitors. Over the course of twenty four years, contacts between UW and SSU have grown and expanded in many exciting ways. Students of widely diverse backgrounds, majors, ages and geographical distribution in the United States have taken and continue to take part in this wide-ranging Initiative.



In Saratov, students stay in apartments with Russian host families. All families are located conveniently and sufficiently near the University so that students may either walk or take a short ride on public transport to get to classes. Upon arrival in Saratov, students are met at the Saratov train station by University and family representatives. After an orientation meeting students are immediately settled in their Russian families. Lodging includes 2 meals per day with the student's Russian host family.



Students are placed in Intensive Russian Language courses according to proficiency. Placement exams are given during the first meeting day at the university. (Note: placement at particular proficiency levels is dependent on having sufficient numbers of applicants at each given level in each particular year. Usually a minimum of 3-4 students is necessary to support one teacher at each level.) Classes normally meet Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fridays often include visits to sites in Saratov, including the Troitskii Cathedral, Dukhososhestvenkskii Cathedral, Relieve My Sorrows church, stores, monuments, post office, libraries, parks, conservatory, etc...


Credit Hours

Credit hours, and procedures for transfer to your home transcript, will vary according to your home institution. The University of Wyoming has working agreements with a number of partner institutions to facilitate easy transfer of credits. Check with your home institution's Office of Registration and Records (and with your Foreign Language department) to determine how your summer hours can be added to your transcript. As part of the Basic Program Cost, all students are offered 75-90 hours of in-class instruction. In relation to the semester system at the University of Wyoming, these 75-90 hours translate into 5-6 hours of semester credit.  (Note: acceptance into the Wyoming-Saratov Study Abroad Program does NOT imply admission to the University of Wyoming.  If you wish to formally enroll at the University of Wyoming (in order to have your summer credits applied to a UW transcript) you must first apply for admission to UW:


Cultural Program/Activities

Evening activities may include university-sponsored cultural events or visits to the historic "Nemetskaia" street with Russian friends, "brothers", or "sisters", or walks along Saratov's beautiful Volga embankment, or visits to city parks. Be sure to check out the circus just across the square from the covered market. Weekends may include trips to a family dacha (cottage) for some gardening, sunbathing, and relaxation.

A cultural program of attendance at Saratov's Theater of Opera and Ballet, Radishchev Art Museum, Saratov Regional History Museum, and other interesting city sites are also included in the Program cost. An excursion to the landing spot of cosmonaut Yurii Gagarin can also be arranged.

The Summer 2016 group took part in a 9-day riverboat excursion from Saratov (leaving from the city riverboat terminal) to Moscow by steamship (price listed above under "Add-on Excursions.") The quoted price is for a two-bed cabin with double occupancy. This fare included three meals per day, and either bus, or guided walking tours of the cities and sites along the Volga.  A similar ship-trip (depending on cost) is anticipated for Summer 2014.  (Past ship trips have more typically been in the 5-6 length, with endpoints being either Astrakhan or Kazan, with a return to Saratov.  Destinations vary depending on timing during the larger summer program, cost, and availability of berths.)

An excursion to St. Petersburg at the end of the Saratov stay can also be arranged through the faculty at SSU. The Petersburg excursion typically includes trips to Petergof (a.k.a. Peter's Summer Palace on the Bay of Finland) with all its fabulous fountains, Tsarskoe Selo and surrounding area, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and Revolution Square, Bronze Horseman, Smol'nyi Cathedral, Russian Museum, Spas na krovi church, Nevskii Prospekt, as well as a riverboat ride on the Neva River and nearby canals.

Generally, sites in Moscow are visited after arrival at the beginning of the program, and then again while traveling north to St. Petersburg by train from Saratov. This has allowed sufficient time to visit Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin, Historical Museum, GUM (The State Universal Department Store), Novodevichii Monastery, Poklonnaia Hill (monument to WW II), the Tretiakov Gallery, and the historic Arbat. Be prepared to do some walking between metro stops! If desired, additional overnight(s) can be arranged in Moscow for more extensive touring.

Disclaimer:  The University of Wyoming and its employees cannot be held liable for costs incurred due to delays outside of our direct control.  These may include, but are not limited to:  Invitation processing in Saratov, international mailing, visa processing at the Russian Consulate in USA, disruptions in flight or train schedules, etc.

Application Deadline: December 2, 2016


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