University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of German and Russian


News from our students studying in Russia

Our students are very excited about their study in Russia - at St. Petersburg, Yaroslavl, and Moscow. We are featuring some of the students and their communications on this page.

Featured Notes from Abroad

Ross Cunningham '11

Bachelor of Arts - Russian and Economics, Double Major

Although my study of Russian began as a marketable addition to my economics major, I, like many students at UVM, quickly became captivated by a language and culture that has famously been described as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma". Yes, the complexity and intricacy of the grammar can be daunting. But it doesn't take long to realize that a major in Russian at UVM goes way beyond memorizing vocabulary and declension patterns. A knowledge of Russian has allowed me to dig into areas of literature, history, philosophy and political science that were previously inaccessible to me. In addition to broadening my liberal arts education, it also prepared me to study abroad at a Russian university in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. My time at St. Petersburg State University has been unforgettable and absolutely life changing.

As I take my courses, chat with my host family and lead an active social life (all in Russian), it's sometimes hard to believe that, only two years ago, I knew no Russian and very little about life in Russia. Experiencing this for myself has proven to be a rewarding and eye-opening experience.

When I graduate from UVM in 2011, I am hoping to again combine my interest in economics and Russian - but this time in law school. I am hoping that my knowledge Russian, honors thesis on Russian crime and corruption, and analytical training in economics will make me a capable student of international law. It's hard to say exactly where that path will lead, but I am very grateful to my mentors at UVM who have guided me to pursue my passions.

Last modified April 07 2010 11:04 AM