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To Russia with Love: CoJMC Russia Study Abroad 2011

Details of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications Study Abroad trip to Moscow and Sochi, Russia during the summer of 2011


  1. When we set out on our two week adventure in Russia, few of us knew what to expect. After signing up to visit Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, it was later announced we would also get to spend a week in Moscow to go with our time on the coast of the Black Sea.

    By the time we were ready to depart from the Omaha Airport, all 22 members of the group were ready to discover what Russia had in store for our group of Journalism and Mass Communication students and faculty.
  2. Once we arrived, we met up with the dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications,  as well as Alexander Zolotarev, founder of and our guide for the two week Russian excursion.
  3. From there it was onto Moscow State University. On our first day at the Faculty of Journalism, we were greeted by a presentation from the dean and had time to get ourselves acquainted to our surroundings for the next week.
  4. As we got used to Moscow, we began to discover that the truth about the street vendors, restaurants and many places to shop was much different from what most of us expected. During the free time we had, we discovered the many streets and sights to see around our hostel, while even finding time to stop by a Hard Rock Cafe.

    After a few days, we were finding out more about Russian culture than we ever thought we would.
  5. Making my way through Moscow
  6. Not only were we gaining knowledge about the city of Moscow, but we also had the opportunity to visit a handful of media corporations ranging from the international ad agency McCann Erickson to Russia Today, an international media outlet located in the heart of Moscow.

  7. We even got to stop by the Moscow State main campus.
  8. While it was nice getting to spend our last few afternoons working on our projects about the beautiful city of Moscow, it was bittersweet knowing that our time in the Russian capital city would soon be coming to an end.
  9. In the end, it was sad to leave Moscow behind, but it was made easier by the excitement we all had for our next destination.
  10. After our week in Moscow, we were starting to get adapted to Russia and what to expect, however, on arrival in Sochi we were all pleasantly surprised by the new atmosphere we found ourselves in.