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Study-Abroad Program· Summer · 12 Days

Program Overview  

You will 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! You 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 you will tour the city and then take a boat to the Irkutsk State University Biological Station at Lake Baikal. You will travel to the settlement of Listvyanka, visiting the Baikal Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences. You will 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, you will participate in an educational and cultural  program and visit local museums. Before leaving you will visit Moscow State University. The itinerary is tentative and subject to change.

Lodging and Meals:

Aside from a hotel stay in Moscow, you 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.


3-4 credit-hours


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

Payment Schedule and Deadlines:

A non-refundable deposit is due when completing the online appliacation that is due by February 15. The travel grant application is due by March 1.  

Financial Aid:

Your current scholarships and financial aid may apply toward the cost of the program. After you have completed your mandatory advising appointment with the Office of International Education, feel free to call the Office of Student Financial Aid at (931) 221-7907 to schedule an appointment with Cathy Naef or Jennifer Ellis.  Additional scholarships and travel grants are available through the Office of International Education.  View more information on financial aid.


Dr. Sergei Markov (Biology) at (931) 221-7440 or

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