Students can explore key historical and political sites in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Novgorod on a Union summer mini-term, titled "Russian and Soviet Empires: The Tsars, the Revolution and Beyond." This mini-term abroad examines the concept of empire in Russia before and after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.
A full term abroad to Irkutsk is offered every other year. A city of 600,000, Irkutsk offer a variety of entertainment, from traditional Buryat folk festivals to concerts at the Philharmonic, from strolls along the Angara River to experiencing the active night club scene. Students tour the Kremlin in Moscow and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg on their end of the term excursions to the present-day and former capital of Russia.