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Cultural Immersion

Cultural Immersion track is a natural extension to Social Studies track. It gives first-hand engagement with topics and issues discussed in class.

The city itself is among the oldest cities in the country built as a mighty seat of princes at the Eastern frontier of medieval Russia and turned the most prominent center of commerce in the Russian Empire. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, historic Nizhny contains over a hundred monuments of major cultural significance. HSE Summer School provides a detailed city tour as well as extended visits to most notable locations.  The programme also includes a series of side trips to historic locations in the vicinity.

The summer school fee includes two whole day excursions and three short ones.

Other excursions (to local and regional places of interest) may be organized upon request for an additional charge. Weekend trips to nearby cities (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kazan) are usually made by students on their own, after consulting and planning the trip with the organizers of the Summer School. We advise to plan such trips in advance.

The third week program includes a unique survival experience in a traditional Russian horse-riding center "The gray horse" ("Серая лошадь"). There you will have a chance to explore folk games, national food and lodging, horse-riding, banya and traditional Russian passtime.

The stay will be deepened by additional language course which is the best to discover mysterious Russian soul.