Spanning a wide expanse of Europe and Asia, all of 12 time zones, Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of land mass, natural resources and opportunities for economic and technological growth. Students at the Moscow Project Center have a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the people of Russia (both in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg) and to help address local problems by working on a variety of technological, human resources, cultural and environmental projects. Despite its challenges, Russia is enormously appealing because of its rich history, highly educated population, unique scientific and cultural contributions and unbounded potential for further development. The months of October-September in Moscow are balmy and bountiful and offer great opportunities for WPI students to explore the city and the countryside, sample Russian achievements in space exploration, see the museums and sites of the Kremlin, Vladimir and Suzdal and marvel at ingenuous design of bridges and fountains of Saint Petersburg.
WPI students work in multicultural work settings on projects proposed by local nonprofit organizations, universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. Most projects provide the opportunity to work on urgent technological and sustainability issues and are completed in close partnership with the students of the Financial University, which adds a special dimension to cultural immersion of all participants in this truly international work experience. WPI Moscow Center is based on the Financial University Campus which offers centrally located dorm lodgings, Russian language and cultural programs and many opportunities to interact with local students and participate in the Russian college life – theater, dance, music, athletics and discussion clubs. Introductory Russian classes will be offered to all students to equip them with essential language skills. While most projects take place in the city of Moscow, there will be opportunities for a trip to Saint-Petersburg and a visit to the ancient cities of the Russia’s Golden Ring, Vladimir and Suzdal. Prospective project themes may include, but are not limited, to the following:
Development of Internship Programs and facilitating University Interface for the Big 4 Consulting Companies
Help with recruitment and retention of the best economics talent in the country in top international consulting firms such as Ernst & Young, Deloitte, PWC and others. Improving current HR practices based on the American experience and interviews with the Financial University’s students and graduates.
Energy Audit of the Radisson-Slavyanskaya Hotel
Survey and conduct feasibility studies of technologies that could help this international hotel in the heart of Moscow emerge from a major renovation with top ranking in sustainability and energy efficiency. Audit has practical value for the hotel and offers both the technical solutions and their financial analysis performed by the Russian student-partners. Project is performed in close partnership with local students.
University Media Lab – sharing information with the former Soviet Republics and the world
Work closely with the Russian students and faculty to help set up a cutting edge university media lab needed to facilitate regional and global connections among scholars in social sciences.
Successful applicants will be required to obtain a visa and prospective applicants should note that Russia requires proof of a recent HIV test in order to obtain a visa.
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Country specific page from the U.S. Department of State
Country specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control