For mastery of any language, there is no substitute for living in the country where it is spoken. Accordingly, REEES majors and minors are encouraged to consider a summer, semester, or year abroad. There are opportunities to study in St. Petersburg, Prague, Riga, and other fascinating locations in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. The Global Education Oregon (GEO) Study Abroad office can help students apply for and arrange study abroad through a variety of programs. For information go to https://geo.uoregon.edu/programs or make an appointment to talk to an adviser at GEO, or talk with an instructor or professor in REEES.
REEES students may, in particular, want to consider Eugene’s sister city, Irkutsk, as a possible location for study abroad. Located in Siberia, near beautiful Lake Baikal, Irkutsk offers the attractions of a large city as well as proximity to wilderness (it has also been observed that students have an easier time socializing with Russians outside Moscow and St. Petersburg). In part because of these advantages, and in part because of its affordability and instructional quality, Russian Language Coordinator Yelaina Kripkov has frequently helped students make arrangements to study at the Irkutsk Linguistic University. Even without a formal UO-ILU exchange program, students can make arrangements themselves and simply apply for transfer credits.
Study abroad is important in a language program, but students cannot plan on getting a degree at UO with all of their courses in the major field taken somewhere else. REEES does allow you to count any language study toward the three years required for the major and minor, as well as up to four other courses on Russian or Eastern European themes toward the major and two courses toward the minor. Additional courses taken abroad cannot be counted for your major or minor, but they should still count toward the total credits needed for graduation from UO.