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The Russian Experience

Are you a history secondary education major looking to globalize your resume?  Through a Department of Education grant, TCNJ, Serendipity-Russia and the New World Community Association in Northeast Philadelphia will offer the following amazing cultural experience to five qualified students:

*one week, all expenses paid (only exception is your passport), trip to Vladimir, Russia to volunteer in a Russian high school and meet English-speaking Russian students during Spring Break 2013

*one week seminar at TCNJ on Russian history and methods of oral history during the summer of 2014.  Tuition, room and board are all paid by the grant.

*oral history project in Philadelphia with Russian-speaking immigrants in a professional development opportunity with practicing teachers (network with other social studies teachers)

*A minor in Russian studies built in to your academic planner, including credits for your trip to Vladimir and your Oral History Project


Spring Break 2013 in Vladimir, Russia

In March 2013, during Spring Break, five students will travel all expenses paid (minus the passport fees) to Vladimir Russia about 120 miles from Moscow.   While staying in Vladimir, students stay with host families and volunteer in a Russian high school learning from Russian students proficient in English. In the evenings, they will speak with their host families in Russian practicing their Russian language skills.

March 1st is considered the first day of Spring in Russia.  While the weather will be cold, it will be comparable to the United States during the winter.  Click here to learn more about our partner program in  Vladimir!


Benefits for Participating

* Your academic profile will be global.

* You will be much more attractive candidate in what is currently a very competitive job market.

* Your language proficiency in Russian will greatly enhance your resume and marketability.

* You will also graduate with a Russian Studies minor in addition to your History/Secondary Education major.

* You work overseas and your oral history project will both count as course credit at TCNJ.

* You will have the opportunity to work closely with professional teachers to create an instructional unit, individual lesson plans, and an assessment.

* Your association with these working professionals will also allow you to network and develop contacts in New Jersey schools.


Are you eligible?

In order to participate in this program, you must met some or all of the following criteria:

*Currently enrolled or have completed RUS 151 Intensive Russia or native or heritage speaker of Russian  (Incoming freshmen in the class of 2017 can participate by enrolling in RUS 151 as freshmen)

*A History Secondary Education major

*Freshman or Sophomore standing or plan to be at TCNJ for at least a minimum of two more years

*A valid US passport that will not expire for at least 6 months after the trip

For questions, please contact the History Department at


This program is made possible by a generous grant from the US Department of Education through the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program, International Studies.  For more information, see .