Study Abroad

Duke in St Petersburg

The Department is directly involved in offering several study abroad programs. Courses taken abroad in a Duke-administered or Duke-approved program can fulfill the FL requirement for graduation.

For more details and an application, please visit the Office of Global Education for Undergraduates.

Semester Programs


Duke in St. Petersburg - Semester Program

The Duke in St. Petersburg academic program provides intensive study in contemporary Russian language and culture through a four-course, accredited program at St. Petersburg University

Summer Programs

Duke in Russia - Summer Program

The Duke in Russia program offers three different options:

  • The Global Russian option features an intensive study of contemporary Russian language and the globalization of Russian culture.
  • The Neuroscience and Multilingualism option provides intensive Russian language study, combined with an in-depth analysis of brain imaging and visualization and studies of multilingualism and its implications on linguistic theory.
  • The Russian language and Culture option requires some knowledge of college level Russian, and is open to graduate students as well.

Non-Duke Study Abroad Programs

For Non-Duke study abroad programs in Central and Eastern Europe, contact Beth Holmgren, Chair., an affiliate of NY’s Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, invites applications for its “JewishGen Future Scholars Fellowship” program to take place from June 11, 2019 to June 20, 2019. Graduate students, along with third and fourth-year undergraduate students, are invited to apply.

This immersive program, created in partnership with Jewish Heritage Poland, The Matzevah Foundation, the Auschwitz Jewish Center and the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, focuses on the role of Jewish cemeteries today in preserving the memory and legacy of former Jewish communities. Participants will learn about symbols on tombstones, the state of Jewish cemeteries in Poland after Holocaust, efforts to preserve them, and what lessons can be gleaned to inform our own life choices today.

On this 10-day journey, participants will tour many Jewish heritage sites including Warsaw and Lublin, spend an inspirational Shabbat in Krakow, visit Auschwitz/Birkenau, and then travel to Krzepice, Poland, where the group will participate in the clean-up and preservation of the Jewish cemetery in partnership with the local high school. (Krzepice is about 25 kilometers west of Czestochowa.)

The trip will be led by highly experienced staff, and participants will have an opportunity to learn from rabbis, scholars, dignitaries, and community leaders, who will offer first-hand insights regarding the imperative (and challenges) of cleaning-up cemeteries in accordance with Jewish law. They will address how local Polish communities view Jewish cemeteries in their towns, the need to preserve Jewish memory, and more.

Upon returning home, each Fellow will write an essay reflecting on his or her experience. These essays will be made available on the JewishGen website.

To apply for the 2019 program, please complete the online application by April 30, 2019. This program is nearly fully subsidized, save for a $350 fee. All other expenses will be completely covered by (including r/t travel from NY, transportation in Poland, meals, lodging, materials, etc). Dietary laws will be observed.