University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Summer 2020: Russia GEOG - micro

Program Dates June 14, 2020 - June 28, 2020 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled.

Program Overview Miss an interest meeting? Download the power point at the bottom of this page.

This program will focus on innovation in legacy mining, including environmental and social aspects of mining in the world's largest iron ore mine in Kursk Magnetic Anomaly, Russia. The course uses an ecological economics and indexing of social responsibility approach applied to a real world issues.

The first week of the program will take place on the Moscow Mining University campus, where leading professors of the Mining College of the NITU "MISiS", as well as representatives of leading mining companies, will give lectures and hold master classes on current topics for modern specialists in the field of mining. In addition, a number of classes will be held in the laboratories of the university, equipped with world-class equipment.

The second week will take place in Staryi Oskol, in the Belgorod region of Russia (Kursk Magnetic Anomaly) Today it is the largest center for the extraction of iron ore and smelting of ferrous metals not only in Russia, but also in the world. Students will visit the world's largest quarry, as well as the production departments of the concentrating mill of Lebedinsky GOK and Oskol Electrometallurgical Combine that twice entered into the Guinness Book of Records.

In addition to the field trips, a rich cultural program is also included. Students will visit the Kremlin museums, including the Kremlin Diamond Fund, a unique collection that has traveled a long way and is closely connected with the history of the Russian state, consisting of masterpieces of jewelry art of the 18th and 20th centuries, rare precious stones, medal marks, noble and metal nuggets, which connect to a history of mining and represent an enormous historical, artistic, scientific and material value. Also, an excursion and lecture are planned on the geology and geography of the Moscow subway system. Finally, students will visit Museum-Reserve "Prokhorovsky Field", a World War II museum which is located on a hill more than two hundred meters high, in memory of the largest tank battle in the history of mankind, which occurred on July 12, 1943. Here students will learn how Magnetic Anomaly influenced the course of the battle

The Program Fee includes housing in double or triple-room residence halls with kitchen facilities and wifi, all program-related events and excursions, most meals, in-country transportation, and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Russia, a visa to Russia, or airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Moscow. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together.

Students should budget approximately $200 for their Russian visa.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure). All students must enroll in at least 2 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course. NOTE: Tuition is charged based on student status (undergraduate or graduate). The rates that appear below are for 3 undergraduate credits.
GEOG 484-070: Innovations in Legacy Mining: Lessons from the World’s Largest Iron Ore Mine in Russia (2 credits)
GEOG 684-070: Innovations in Legacy Mining: Lessons from the World’s Largest Iron Ore Mine in Russia (2 credits)
UNIV 370-211: Study Abroad - Russia GEOG (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,060.00$2,486.00
Estimated Program Fee$2,550.00$2,550.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$45.00$45.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$3,655.00$5,081.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,500.00$1,500.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Saleem Ali
Faculty Director
220 Pearson Hall
Helena Vladich
Faculty Director
220 Pearson Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on November 20, 2019
Recommendation also due by 5pm on November 20, 2019
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: December 05, 2019

Interest Meetings:
09/26/2019, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 216E Pearson Hall
10/18/2019, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 216 E Pearson Hall
11/06/2019, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 216 E Pearson Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.