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MAYMESTER: ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: HISTORY AND CULTURE ON THE SHORES OF THE LAKE BAIKAL

 

Built to facilitate collaboration between UT students and local experts, this course offers students to take interdisciplinary approach to the treatments of the environment through the history, geography, and culture - from Tsarist times into the Soviet times and present day. Such an approach allows for multi-level learning, and allows students to engage with the geography and history of Russia while learning about environmental trends that have and will continue to define how Russians think, treat, exploit and preserve their land, water, and natural resources. Set in a location which is abundant with experiential learning opportunities, students will experience excursions to educational centers, field trips to sites such as a local hydroelectric dam, conversations with volunteers pioneering the Baikal trail building initiative, and a mutli-day excursion to UNESCO Heritage Site Lake Baikal.

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Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts

Course(s)

  • REE 345 / HIS 366N / ANT 324L - Environmental Studies in Siberia

Academic Information

Students will take classes in and around Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. 16 hours of survival Russian included in the program. Beginning of the program includes one day/night in Moscow with cultural excursions and history tour of the Russian capital. Qualifies for IRG STE track and Sustainability studies NRM track.

Faculty

Prof. Evgenia Wilkins teaches Intensive Russian and Second year Russian in the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She has led programs to Irkutsk with UT students the past three years and works closely with Irkutsk State University.

Language(s) of Instruction

English and Russian

Eligibility

Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - Yes
  • Internship - No

Housing

Students will live in dormitory accomodations with Irkutsk State University. Cooking facilities are included. All housing during excursions and overnight trips is provided.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2020 program fee: $4900. Current prices and dates subject to change. Program fee includes housing, some meals, local transportation and activities, cell phone, and on-site orientation. Program fee does not include airfare, books, insurance and personal expenses. $10,000 of scholarships have been allocated for this program from COLA.

Program Dates:

- Maymester
  • May 28, 2020 to July 4, 2020
  • Priority Deadline: November 15, 2019

Application Code

355102

Additional Resources

Program Website
Scholarships

Next Step

Learn more by attending an information session, meeting the professor or program coordinator, or meeting with a peer adviser. All Fall 2019 Information sessions are held in BUR 231: 10/17 12 pm; 10/30 12 pm. For more info contact Program Coordinator Timothy Myers at tmyers@austin.utexas.edu.

Program information above is subject to change