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The Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Indiana University Russian and East European Institute, in collaboration with Tyumen State University (TSU) and Tyumen State Agricultural Academy (TSAA) in Tyumen, Russia present:

Summer 2013

IU Students learning history in TyumenIn 2013, the U.S.-RUSSIA GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES / LANGUAGE LEARNING COURSE STUDY PROGRAM will be held as a single 3-credit course combining language learning and study of global environmental issues through study abroad in western Siberia and at Lake Baikal in central Siberia.

Our trip is scheduled for 26 July – 16 August (give or take a day or two). We will be based in Tyumen, a modern, busy city in southwestern Siberia. In Tyumen, we will visit environmental science laboratories and hear about the major environmental problems of the region, as well as exploring the history and culture of the region. We will then to fly north to the smaller but modern town of Khanty-Mansiysk in the Siberian oil-producing region for several days to learn about oil production and to see environmental damage from oil spills and to learn about remediation and restoration efforts. We then return to Tyumen and board a train on the Trans-Siberian railroad to travel to Lake Baikal, the subject of some of the most vigorous environmental activism in Russia. A very large and beautiful lake, Baikal is surrounded by mountains. We will explore the area’s ecosystems and discuss the environmental issues that arise in protecting such a rich resource.

TSAA Main buildingIn the 7-10 days prior to our trip, we will be providing orientation and language instruction for the trip. As much as possible, this work will be available online so that those who are working or completing internships need not travel to Bloomington any earlier than necessary. We will need to convene everyone in Bloomington a few days before the trip for final orientation. During our travels, there will be additional language practice and occasional assigned readings that will help to prepare you for our destinations, followed by discussions either en route or in the evenings at our destinations. The focus of the trip is on environmental science and policy. No previous training is required. We anticipate we will have both students with an interest but no training and students with considerable training. Similarly, no training in Russian language is required and we anticipate that we will have students with a range of abilities. We will be limiting the group size to 10 students due the nature of our transportation in-country. This means everyone will have an opportunity to experience all of our sites and to engage with our hosts and guides to the fullest extent possible.

TSUFunding is available (on competitive basis) for students study abroad under this program. While the program is open to all IU students, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for stipend awards. We anticipate that stipend awards will be adequate to cover all travel costs for the program. Travel costs will be billed through the bursar and stipend awards will be sent to the bursar.

This program is funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education United States-Russia Program: Improving Research and Educational Activities in Higher Education (U.S.-Russia Program), administered under the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the Russian Ministry for Education and Science, Russian Federation. The goals of the IU-TSU-TSAA partnership is to support U.S. students in gaining Russian language ability. The strength of the language training program will be integrated within a joint IU-TSU-TSAA research program focusing on the broad topic of Global Environmental Problems and Solutions, a key issue demonstrating the growing interconnectedness in virtually all aspects of human life.

Photos and student profiles from previous years are available via the former US-Russia Global Environment Issues/Language Learning Course Study Program site:

For additional information and/or questions contact Vicky Meretsky at
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