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  • Locations: Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Theatre and Dance Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

Theatre and Performance Studies at the Moscow Art Theatre



Faculty Director(s):
Prof. Alex Gelman

Program Overview

This is the 14th offering in an institutional relationship between the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance and the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT). This program is in response to a growing interest among American students in Russian repertory theatres and the rich theatrical tradition that flows from Konstantin Stanislavsky and his theatre company—MXAT. 

Directors, actors, theatre scholars, and teachers of the MXAT School will administer daily instruction to the NIU School of Theatre and Dance students.  Teaching will focus on acting, voice, movement, and Russian theatre history.  Students will be taking daily classes at the MXAT School.

To download the complete PDF, please click Russia Theatre Fall Semester 16.pdf

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Course Offerings

ACADEMIC CREDIT:  For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive 13 semester hours of undergraduate credit for six NIU courses during the Fall 2016 semester for the following courses.  All classes are taught on the premises of the Moscow Art Theatre.
The courses taken while participating in this program cannot be audited.

HONORS CREDIT:  Qualified students may also elect to receive Honors credit for any study abroad course(s) with the approval of Professor Gelman.  For more information please contact the University Honors Office.


THEA 395  Performance & Production -1 semester hour
THEA 370  History of Theatre I -3 semester hours
TH-D 330   Theatre Dance -2 semester hours
TH-D 205   Dance - 1 semester hour
THEA 491  BFA Studio 2 - 3 semester hours
THEA 300  Script Analysis - 3 semester hours

Description:    Acting students will participate in conservatory style classes in which they will study the specific disciplines as described in the NIU catalog.
Prerequisite:  Consent of school.

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: Students will generally spend six hours in the morning and afternoon attending acting class conducted by various Russian scholars and experts in the area from the MXAT.  In the evenings, students will have approximately four to five hours for excursions to places of cultural and historical interest in Moscow.  Some of these locations include the Stanislavsky Museum, a variety of museums and theatre companies.  Students will also be required to attend at least three shows playing at one of the major theatres in Moscow.  Students will be expected to write academic journals for course credit.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate admission and course requirements.

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Student Life

Students will stay in dormitories provided by MXAT.  The dormitory is centrally located with dining facilities and excellent security.  Students will be responsible for the cost of all meals.  Access will be granted to the Moscow Art Theatre commissary where meals are served at a reduced cost.

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Application Information

APPLICATION:  Click Theatre and Performance Studies at the Moscow Art Theatre or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website at (and search for “Russia” or the Theatre and Performance Studies at the Moscow Art Theatre School program) to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or

$800 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  An $800 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $800 is broken down into $200 for the non-refundable application fee and $600 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $600 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline. 

The $800 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $800.  More detailed instructions regarding the application fee/deposit can be found on the seminar application website.
IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $800 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $800 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $800 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be inactivated.


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The program is open to students, Bachelor of Fine Arts juniors and seniors in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance. Applicants and currently enrolled students must meet NIU and School of Theatre and Dance GPA requirements.  Students must be in good academic standing at the time of application.  Students on academic probation are not eligible to participate.
In order for a student to be admitted to the study abroad program, the applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the Study Abroad Office.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.  Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.

Students cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student can be granted admission to a study abroad program.

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Program Fees

PROGRAM COST:  The program cost pays for the following cost related services:

1.    Housing at a dormitory provided by MXAT during the program.
2.    Most admission fees required during program related field trips, i.e., museums and tours.
3.    Visa to enter Russia.
4.    NIU undergraduate or graduate credit.
5.    NIU major medical insurance.
6.    International Student I.D. Card


All prices quoted are subject to change.  The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. 

Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.     

In the event that non-NIU students are admitted to the program, non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad.  Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.

•    Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $130)
•    Four (4) passport-size photos for visa
•    Cost of acquiring mandatory HIV Test.
•    Additional costs associated with obtaining a visa for non-U.S. passport holders
•    Round trip airfare between the U.S. and Moscow
•    Books or plays (approximately $20)
•    Independent travel and visa costs associated with independent travel
•    Expenses and purchases of a personal nature.
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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact the Study Abroad Office for more information at or (815)753-0700.

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Withdrawal Policy

NIU POLICY REGARDING WITHDRAWALS FROM PROGRAM AND REFUND OF THE $800 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after May1, 2016 will not be refunded the $600 program deposit.

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $600 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after May 1, 2016 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

1)    The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
2)    NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.  
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM:  The NIU Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment of 10 is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Russia, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Russia, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.

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Passport/Visa Information

PASSPORT:  --IMPORTANT--All participants are required to possess a valid passport by May 1, 2016.  Do not put off applying for a passport until you’ve been admitted to the program or because you think you have plenty of time to take care of this.  It takes anywhere from four to six weeks to obtain a passport.  If you do not have your passport by May 1 then you may hold up the visa process for the rest of the group.

Important Note:  For those who already have a passport, please note that in order to be eligible for a Russian visa, U.S. passports must have a validity of 1½ years beyond the last day of the program.  Information on acquiring a U.S. passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s website:

VISA:  A valid passport is required by May 1, 2016 in order to obtain a visa to enter Russia.  Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately upon acceptance into the program.  Applicants are required to submit FOUR passport size photos with their application.  Students will be provided with visa application forms at a later date.  The NIU Study Abroad Office will collect the visa applications and required documents and submit them to Washington, DC for processing.  Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel and are responsible for providing all required documents and paying additional costs beyond the visa costs covered in the NIU program cost.

REQUIRED HIV TEST FOR RUSSIAN VISA:  An HIV test result showing that you have tested negative is required.  This test can be administered at the NIU Health Service and must be taken before June 5, 2016.  June 5 is the last day of Health Service eligibility for students who are enrolled for the Spring 2016 semester and paid on-campus service fees.  After June 5 students will need to go to a health department or personal physician to have the HIV test administered. 

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Contact Information


Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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This program is currently not accepting applications.