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Program details: In collaboration with the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Nizhny Novgorod, this program provides students and faculty from four universities an opportunity to engage in a rigorous academic investigation of human rights theory and policy; theories of democracy, democratization, and the relationship between democracy and development, good governance, peace, and prosperity; and nonviolent strategies for resistance to authoritarian regimes. The courses will be co-taught in English by HSE’s Dr. Natalia E. Gronskaya and UVU’s Michael Minch. Related academic events will take place in other Nizhny Novgorod locations, such as the Andrei Sakharov Museum and the Gorky Literary Museum.

After three-plus weeks in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia’s third largest city, the group will travel to Moscow, spending four days attending academic lectures, meeting with human rights and democracy activists, and visiting the most relevant museums given the broad theme of program.

Tentative dates: May 27 – June 28, 2014 (includes on-campus seminars at UVU).

Program sites: Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow.

Anticipated curriculum: Democracy and Human Rights in Comparative Analysis: Russia and the US (HIST 420R, PJST 475R, POLS 420R), Post-Soviet Politics (HIST 420R), Ethics and Values (PHIL 205G), Interdisciplinary Senior Ethics Seminar (PHIL 450R), Independent Study (PHIL 490R), Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies (PJST 3000), Issues in Peace and Justice Studies (PJST 475R), Independent Study (PJST 491R), PJST Capstone (PJST 4900), Issues and Topics in Political Science (POLS 420R), International Conflict and Security (POLS 4500), Independent Study (POLS 490R), Special Topics in Russian Studies (RUS 480R), Political Sociology (SOC 3460), Social Change (SOC 4400), Current Topics in Sociology (SOC 475R), Independent Study (SOC 490R).

Estimated program fee: $2,895. Apply by Friday, December 20, 2013  January 31, 2014.

Program fee covers: Visa, housing, most breakfasts and dinners in Nizhny Novgorod, in-country transportation, some entry fees, international health insurance.

Program fee DOES NOT cover: Round-trip airfare (approx. $2,000), UVU tuition (approx. $160 per credit hour), passport, lunches in Nizhny, meals in Moscow, discretionary spending.

Director: Michael Minch, professor of philosophy and director of peace and justice studies, 801.863.7482,

Application deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014. Submit online application , two online letters of reference , $195 non-refundable application fee, and $300 program deposit. If you miss the deadline, you are still welcome to apply until the program is full, but please note that the program fee will be higher and space may be limited. Application materials are available at

Tuition Waivers: UVU Employee & Employee Dependent Tuition Waivers may be applied for up to six credits of ISP tuition.

Financial aid: Pell grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to this program, based on eligibility. 
Applicants must have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (BA105) and complete all necessary application forms for financial aid.

Scholarships: ISP will provide need-based scholarships to qualified participants.