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  • Locations: Moscow, Russian Federation; Porkhov, Russia; Pskov, Russia; Veliky Novgorod, Russia
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • Budget Sheets: Summer I
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 or by Professor Permission Pre-travel class meetings: Three (3) pre-travel classes
Faculty-Led Program Status: Available College: Walker College of Business
Credits: 3 credits Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior
Program Description:


Program Description

Business in Russia During and Post-Communism

The purpose of this course is to expose students to Russia’s business environment during the country’s rise to power nearly 100 years ago as well as the relatively newly forming business climate in the post-Soviet era. To do so, we will spend time in both metropolitan and rural Russia. The course will begin in Moscow – the epicenter of Russian business and home to more billionaire’s than any other European city. We’ll visit the Skolkovo Innovation Center, a cutting edge, 1,000 acre city devoted to promoting entrepreneurship in Russia. In contrast, we’ll also visit the first ever nuclear power plant (now inactive so no danger of radiation), built in the 1950s under communist rule. While in Moscow, students will also visit St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, and the world-famous Bolshoi Theater. From Moscow we will board an overnight sleeper train to Pskov, where we’ll meet with The Children’s Fund, a local nonprofit that Dr. Creek has worked with in the past. We’ll also visit a medieval citadel, the Pskov Krom. Next we’ll travel to Porkhov, a small town where Dr. Creek’s wife, Irina, spent nearly ten years in an orphanage. We’ll be working with the orphanage to see how business training might be able to help recent orphanage graduates overcome poverty, a common situation for most students leaving the orphanage. In Porkhov, we’ll also visit the home of Irina’s ex-caretaker where we’ll enjoy a homemade Russian meal and banya (Russian sauna). We’ll then head to Novgorod, a city which can be traced back to the 8th century. We’ve partnered with Novgorod State University to spend two nights on campus and interact with some faculty/students there. Lastly, we’ll take a train north to Saint Petersburg. Here, we’ll tour the Raketa Watch Factory and visit both the Winter Palace and Grand Peterhof Palace. We’ll also visit the Port of Saint Petersburg, which accounts for 20% of all cargo traveling to and from Russia. We’ll close the trip aboard a party boat and watch the drawbridges of the city open for the barges to enter the Neva River.


BUS 4530-145: Special Topic: Business in Russia During and Post-Communism – 3 credits
MBA 5020-XXX: Experiential Intercultural COM – 3 credits

Program Cost

All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

Paid to Appalachian State
  3 credits  
App Tuition & Fees1 Student Accounts  
Program Cost2 $3,981.47  
1Tuition and fees for summer programs can be found at this link. After selecting the appropriate summer tuition and fees cost sheet scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates". Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
2Program Cost includes airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, some meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Costs
Meals $280
Personal Expenses1 $200
Visa2 $216
Passport $150
Health and Wellness $100
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Some non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa prior to entering Russia. 

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. 
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheet.

Payment Schedule

  Amount Date Due
Deposit $300 Submit with application
1st Payment $1,227.16 01/31/21
2nd Payment $1,227.16 02/28/21
3rd Payment $1,227.15 03/31/21

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.

Financial Aid

If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
  1. Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
  2. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
  3. Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Laura Blalock PRIOR to applying to the program.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


Program Itinerary

The international component of this course will run from 5/10/21 to 05/23/21.

Pre-Program Meetings

Three (3) pre-departure meetings. Dates and time TBD.

Program Leaders

Dr. Steven Creek
Assistant Professor, Management
Walker College of Business

Dr. Steven Creek has traveled extensively, having visited all 50 states and all continents aside from Antarctica. His teaching and research focuses on strategic management and entrepreneurship, with a focus on emerging economies such as Russia. He has shared his research throughout the world, including presentations in Norway, France, and New Zealand. Taken together, his experiences inform business practice within both large corporate and small new venture settings. With one exception (Novgorod), he has traveled to all of the places on the itinerary and has several connections in Russia. Dr. Creek speaks some Russian but his wife, who will also be on the trip, is fluent. In May of 2019, he led a group of ASU students on a study abroad trip to China, Hong Kong, and Macau with Dr. Michael Young, who will be co-leading this trip.

Dr. Michael Young
Associate Professor, Management
Walker College of Business

Dr. Michael Young is a distinguished China and Emerging Economy business scholar with over 30 refereed journal articles. Dr. Young has also published numerous teaching cases on Chinese and Hong Kong organizations, some of which have been international best sellers. Dr Young’s research focuses on Corporate Governance and how emerging economy practices differ from those of developed countries such as the US. He has been invited as keynote speaker to international conferences and to Universities in the US and China to deliver academic presentations. A native of West Virginia, Dr. Young worked for 19 years as a Professor in Hong Kong before joining App State in 2017.


How to Apply

    • Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
    • Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
    • Select the Student Tab.
    • Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
    • Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
    • Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
    • Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building and pay by cash, check, or debit card.
      • Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
      • Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order.
    • Pay through the Touchnet online payment system.  If using the Touchnet system please make sure that you are making the payment for the international charges.  Please see the Touchnet Payment Instructions.pdf
    • During the pandemic, OIED is unable to receive signed applications in our office.
      • To expedite processing of your application, scan it or use your smartphone to photograph it in its entirety and send the digital copy to Then follow one of the two steps below. 
        • If you are on campus, put the signed application in an envelope clearly marked "OIED" and hand it to a clerk at the campus post office. No postage is necessary.
        • If you are off campus, mail it to Appalachian State University, Attn: OIED, ASU Box 32803, Boone, NC 28608. Please note that there is no need to send it by Priority Mail, certified mail, or by courier (e.g., UPS or FedEx). First class mailing is sufficient. 
    • OIED will make your enrollment official upon receipt of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to view the Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop slide presentation prior to submitting the signed application to OIED.

You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones, before submitting your application.


Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2021 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.