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Education Abroad Office

Learn Russian in the EU

Area: Global Direct
Location: Daugavpils
Country: Latvia
Term: Fall, Spring, Academic Year
Website: Learn Russia in the EU

Learn Russian in the EU, established in 2004, is a joint initiative of the Department of Russian and Slavic Linguistics at Daugavpils University and Training Center LatInSoft. Learn Russian in the EU provides a broad range of study programs in the Russian language, literature, culture, history, political science, Eastern European studies, and other areas. The program allows for a culturally rich immersive experience where students will take most, if not all, of their courses in Russian and live with a local host family. 

Daugavpils University, established in 1921, is the foremost academic and research institution in Eastern Latvia. Its Department of Russian and Slavic Linguistics has a long tradition of research and instruction in Russian language and literature. It is recommended that students have completed at least 2 semesters of college level Russian language courses prior to their timetime abroad as most of their classes will be taught in Russian. 

Cost: program fee paid directly to host institution + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA, undergraduate standing 

The Learn Russian in the EU program will provide program cost upon receiving an application from a student, Daugavpils will prepare a budget proposal and return it for review. After the budget is approved by the student, it will send an official program invoice and payment instructions. Students typically spend €8,700 for tuition and program fees and €3,800 for their homestay housing. 

Students should also consider additional expenses during the study in Daugavpils:

  • participation fee for excursions and cultural events of your choice;
  • personal living expenses in Daugavpils;
  • additional services, if requested.

A breakdown of program costs can be found here

Students enrolled to “Learn Russian in the EU” study abroad programs can take academic for-credit courses at Daugavpils University.

Daugavpils University awards European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits; the conversion rate for this type of credit is 2 ECTS : 1 USC credit. Students will enroll in 30 ECTS per semester, totaling 15 USC credits. 

Students should be prepared to take a majority of their coursework in Russian. The only courses that will be taught in English and/or Russian are in the Natural Sciences/STEM fields. For courses taught in Russian, professors will adjust the language to help students follow the explanations. Although it is not required, students are highly encouraged to have completed at least 2 Russian language courses prior to the start of their stay in Latvia. At an additional cost, students can also choose to take a 2 week intensive Russian language course prior to the start of the semester to brush up on their lanugauge skills. 

All international students enrolled to Russian-language study abroad programs at DU, regardless their academic level and picked DU courses, are administered through the ‘Eastern European Culture and Business Relations” study program. This originates in DU internal process management. Therefore, all courses listed in the transcripts, issued by DU to students at Russian-language study abroad programs, include a reference to the “Eastern European Culture and Business Relations" program.

To see courses USC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

The program offers extensive excursions and social programs which aim at introducing students to the ethnic, historical, and cultural diversity of Daugavpils and Latvia in the context of their historical and contemporary relations with Russia. These can include short trips during working days as well as full-day trips on weekends. 

Per university policy, all USC students will be charged for  emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance of  for their time abroad. Students will be enrolled in this insurance by the education abroad office prior to their departure. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details. 

The program recommends students stay with a local host family during their time abroad. Students will be staying in a private room in a typical local Russian-speaking family, where students can take advantage of a friendly atmosphere to practice using Russian in a relaxed and natural way. Learn Russian in the EU pre-screens all potential host families before placing students. Learn Russian in the EU will consider students living preferences and restrictions (allergies, diets, etc.) when placing students. 

The fall semester runs from September to December. The spring semester runs from February to May. Students can attend for the fall, spring, or academic year.

The program provides students with comprehensive information about the city and university both before and upon arrival.

Latvia is a member of the Schengen Area. This gives 90 days of visa-free stay in Latvia for citizens of the United States, Canada, the European Union, and many other countries. Thanks to the bilateral visa waiver agreement, citizens of the USA can stay in Latvia for an additional 90 days visa-free.


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