Spotlight on Russia

Spotlight on Russia

A guide to custom programs in Russia

In the history of the world, the significance of Russia can hardly be overstated. Its path from Slavic tribal home to cultural and military superpower, and then on to communist state, is the subject of centuries’ worth of research and writing. Its culture is distinct. Its heroes and villains are compelling. But Russia’s place in today’s geopolitics and economy is less clear.

  • Official language
    Russian, but with regions naming "co-official" languages as well
  • Government
    Federal semi-presidential constitutional republic
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Customize Your Program

Designing Your Custom Program

We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.

A Personal Partner

Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.

Meet our VP of Program Development

JeDSC_7280nnifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In Russia, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:

The Art and History of Dance

From the enthusiastic folk dance of the old country to the elegant ballet patronized by the tsar, let dance be the framework by which you study the Russian experience. Learn about the historical periods and the greats of the art form, past and present.


Explore the Golden Age of poetry, prose, and drama in Russia and the lives of its legends including Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov. Consider the presentation of the motherland in their famous works, and explore the dark themes common in Russian literature.

Consumer Products and Retail

Despite its current economic challenges, Russia is the world’s 7th largest economy by purchasing power parity and has the highest per capita GDP of the BRICS countries. As an upper middle income country with a large and diverse buyer pool spanning nine time zones, Russia presents valuable lessons from consumer goods and retail giants who are still learning how to deliver their products to consumers across Russia.


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Russia Now

A resource rich nation of 140 million people, Russia rose quickly from Soviet-era isolation to claim an important, if precarious, role on the world’s stage. Early in this century, Russia earned a place in the BRICS group, climbed in the World Bank’s “Doing Business” rankings, and attracted foreign investment at an impressive rate. But, recently, it all came to a halt. The fall of the price of oil, coupled with lingering questions about corruption, continued stratification of wealth, and economic sanctions imposed in the wake of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, all contributed to an economic collapse. A currency crisis is in full swing, and, though Russia remains a geopolitical superpower with a seat at nearly every important table in the world (UN Security Council, G20, WTO, etc.), President Putin has gotten a chilly reception of late. It’s unclear if and when Russia can find some much needed stability, and perhaps recapture the interest of those who were once bullish on a brighter future for Russia.