Program Dates

July 21 - August 13, 2019 (3 Weeks) 

Application Deadline & Fee

Februrary 15, 2019; $75

Program Details

This program will focus on the political, cultural, and economic aspects of Post Soviet nations, especially the Russian Federation and the Kyrgyz Republic, and the changes that have occured since the break up of the Soviet Union. We will study the transition of those nations from communism to societies based on market principles and semi-democratic political systems

The program is sponsored by Peace and Justice Studies and the Histo ry and Political Science Departm ent with severaimpontant goals.

  • First, it will provide students with aexposure to life, culture, polit ics and history both of Russiand Kyrgyzstan. We will study und er faculty of the Russian Academy of Nat ural Sciences in Moscow and Alatoo University in Bishkek We will live with local familiesStudents will study the challenges of creating new identities, legitimazing new political systems, and nation-building. 
  • Second, it will provide local scho lars, experts and citizens with an opportunity to get personally acquainted with stude nts from Utah as United States representatives.  
  • Thirdstudents will engage with local hosts affiliated to the RussianAcademy of Natural Sciences, Moscow State University, and Alatoo University in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic in activities of NGOs, health care facilities, religious institutions to learn about them and their initiatives.

Thanks to established partnership with both hosts and interactions with scholars and citizens in Moscow and Bishkek. Students will be able to gain experiences, important for their professional advancement, enrichment of their academic development, and pr eparation s for graduate school, etc.


  • Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Anticipated Curriculum

*Students are expected to enroll in one or two courses for this study abroad.

POLS 3510 Post Soviet Politics
Prerequisite(s): *University Advanced Standing

POLS 356G Comparative Politics of Central Asia
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1010 and *University Advanced Standing

PJST 3040 Peace in Historical Context
Prerequisite(s): *University Advanced Standing

PJST 3100 Introduction to Human Security
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 2010 and (PHIL 2050 or PHIL 205G) and *University Advanced Standing

*University Advanced Standing - 24 credits completed, GPA 2.0 or higher MAT 1030 and ENGL 2010 or equivalent.

Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0

Physical requirements: Walking to class & around the city. Sitting in 3 hour lectures. 

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Global Engagement if you require such services.

Estimated Program Fee*

The program fee covers, Airfare, housing, some meals, course instruction and texts, in-country transportation, international health insurance.


*This cost is tentative and based on the current exchange rate and program plans. This cost may be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations or program changes.

Additional Estimated Costs

UVU tuition ($165 per credit hour)
Airfare  (included with Program Fee)
Meals  (approx $100)
Transportation (approx $50)
Visa Processing (approx $140)
Discretionary spending (approx $400)
Passport (approx $135)
All students are required to pay a $75 application fee for all Study Abroad programs.

Tuition Waivers

Please contact the UVU Benefits Office for more information. In certain instances, tuition waivers may not apply for an international program.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Pell Grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Applicant must have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (BA 105) and complete all necessary application forms for financial aid.

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Travel Report

Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department’s country information webpage for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories, entry, exit, and visa requirements, safety, security, health, and other important travel factors.