|August 26||Arrival in Moscow (overnight flight from the U.S.)|
|August 27-28||Group orientation in Moscow|
|August 31||On-site orientation; Russian language test|
|September 1||Classes begin|
|September 28-October 2||Program excursion|
|October 26-30 tent.||Mid-terms (Middlebury classes)|
|November 2-6||Fall break|
|December 11||Middlebury classes end|
|December 14-18||Final exams (Middlebury classes)|
|December 19||Earliest recommended departure date--those taking direct enrollment courses may have later exams.|
Fall Semester 2014
|Tuesday, September 2||Students depart the U.S.|
|Wednesday, September 3||All students arrive in Moscow. Group dinner at 7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, September 4||Orientation in Moscow. Moscow students move in with host families.|
Friday, September 5
|Morning: cultural activity in Moscow.
Evenng: Irkutsk and Yaroslavl students travel from Moscow to host city. Orientation for all groups to follow.
|Monday, September 8||Russian language testing|
Tuesday, September 9
|Monday November 3 Tuesday, November 4||Unity Day holidays|
|Friday, December 19||Last day of program classes|
|Saturday, December 20||Earliest departure date for students not taking mainstream classes|
|By January 25||Students taking mainstream classes must stay in Russia until they have completed their course requirements. Students will not know their exam date until they have registered for the mainstream course, so may wish to confirm their return flight after registration. More and more university courses are offering exam dates before the holiday break in December.|
*Note: Due to variations in the amount of time needed to convert single entry visas into multiple entry visas, we recommend that students wait until the end of the second week in Russia before making unchangeable plans during the fall break/Unity Day holidays.
Spring Semester 2015
|Monday, February 2||Students depart the U.S.|
|Tuesday, February 3||Spring term students arrive in Moscow|
|Wednesday - Thursday, February 4 and 5||Orientation in Moscow|
|Friday, February 6||On-Site Orientation|
|Monday, February 9||Russian language testing|
|Tuesday, February 10||Classes begin|
|Monday, February 23||Defender of the Motherland Day|
|Sunday, March 8||International Women's Day*|
|Friday, May 1||Labor Day|
|Saturday, May 9||Victory Day*|
|Friday, May 22||Final day of Middlebury classes|
|Saturday, May 23||Earliest departure date for students not taking mainstream classes|
|By June 26||Students taking mainstream classes must stay in Russia until they have completed their course requirements. Students will not know their exam date until they have registered for the mainstream course, so may wish to confirm their return flight after registration. More and more university courses are offering exam dates before the summer break in June.|
*Note that in commemoration of International Women's Day and Victory Day, the nearest Friday or Monday will most likely be a holiday, but the Russian government has not yet announced the exact dates.
**All dates subject to change.