Students studying in Russia can expect to have any number of experiences in Russia. After all, saying that there is but one Russia to get to know is like saying that every part of America is exactly the same, from California to Montana to Rhode Island. But whether you visit the beautiful imperial city of Saint Petersburg, wandering the same charming streets that Tolstoy wrote about and marveling at the baroque architecture, or if you spend your time in Moscow, the capital city of this mighty nation, you are guaranteed at least one common experience: An exciting, eye-opening time participating in an interplay of the past and the present that is unique in the modern world.
Students typically gravitate toward the two biggest, and aforementioned, cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg because of the fascinating history and concentration of educational institutions. Top-notch universities include the Moscow State University and the Saint-Petersburg State University, though there are innumerable others from which to choose.
In the end, of course, it all comes down to what kind of experience you’d like to have, and the choice of whether to attend an urban or rural school is much the same as it is in America. But the benefit of studying abroad in Russia is clear: You will be attending school in one of the most complicated, beautiful, important countries in the world, and as a result, your understanding of the world and the ways in which it works will prepare you for a future in which anything is possible.