Nizhny Novgorod, a city of two million and a center of commerce between East and West, is known as the “third capital” of Russia. It is located a few hours from Moscow and is close to some of the most beautifully preserved cities of medieval Russia. During Soviet times, the city, known as Gorky, was closed to foreigners and served as a site of exile. Today it truly is one of the Russian cities of greatest historical and cultural value. Students will participate in lectures on Russian language, grammar, literature, and folk art. Coursework is enriched by excursions to museums, monuments, religious sites, and cultural outings to Moscow and other historic cities.