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Study-Abroad Program· Summer · 12 Days

Program Overview  

You'll have the opportunity to tour ecological sites, experience Russian culture and conduct research with local students and professors at Siberia's Lake Baikal. The world's deepest and most biologically diverse freshwater lake, Lake Baikal is the ideal setting for the study of biodiversity conservation. In fact, 75 percent of the living organisms found on the lake cannot be found anywhere else in the world!

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3-4 credit-hours

Courses:                                                                                                                                         Register for APSU's BIOL 4700/5700: Topics in Biology, Lake Baikal Biodiversity Conservation.

General Itinerary:

We will fly from Nashville to Moscow, touring and spending the night in the city upon arrival. An overnight flight will take us to Irkutsk, Siberia, where we will tour the city and then take a boat to the Irkutsk State University Biological Station at Lake Baikal.

We will travel to the settlement of Listvyanka, visiting the Baikal Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences. We'll spend time in Bolshiye Kot, observing a sampling of plants and animals, fishing, taking part in a cultural program and enjoying a farewell dinner party. Back in Irkutsk, we will participate in an educational and cultural  program and visit local museums. Before leaving we will visit Moscow State University. The itinerary is tentative and subject to change.

Lodging and Meals:

Aside from a hotel stay in Moscow, we will reside in research station dormitories. Most accommodations are double occupancy or communal rooms with up to four beds in a space. Most meals are included.


Level 3 includes health insurance, accommodations, program excursions, airport transfer, round-trip transportation from designated cities and all meals

Price is based upon the estimated cost of the program and grouped into levels. Level 1 - $2k-3k, Level 2 - $3k-4k, Level 3 - $4k-5k, Level 4 -  $5k-6k and Level 5 - $6k-7k. Prices are subject to change due to increase in airfare, fluctuation of currency exchange and changes in tuition and fee rates. Estimated cost may not include airfare, APSU tuition, or health coverage unless specified. You should also budget funds for personal expenses based upon your spending habits.  

Financial Aid:

Your current scholarships and financial aid may apply toward the cost of the program. Call the Office of Student Financial Aid at (931) 221-7907 to schedule an appointment with financial aid counselor, Cathy Naef. Additional scholarships and travel grants are available through the Office of International Education. Scholarship information.

Payment Schedule and Deadlines:  

  • Submit your application, deposit and first payment no later than Feb. 27.
  • Submit your final payment by April 15.       
  • Register for BIOL 4700/5700 during the registration period for APSU summer classes.


Dr. Sergei Markov, associate professor of biology, at (931) 221-7440 or

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