Russian students will visit Frederick Community College


A group of Russian students will visit Frederick Community College next week as part of the annual American Abroad trip.

On Tuesday, July 17, students from Saint Petersburg State University will take part in a meet and greet event on campus. All are invited to attend the event, which will take place at 2 p.m. in H-111, located on the first floor of the Student Center.

On Wednesday, July 18, the group will present to a sociology class about life in Russia.
The visit is part of a two-week trip sponsored by FCC. During their time in the US, students will also tour Frederick County, Baltimore, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. The students will stay with host families in the Frederick area.

The program was created by Sociology Professor Dr. Marshall Botkin and Dr. Irina Pervova of Saint Petersburg State University to give their students firsthand experience of another culture.

“Taking young people, who are our future, and exposing them to different cultures is really our greatest hope for peace,” Dr. Botkin said. “The better we know one another, the more we see the many similarities we all have.”

The American Abroad program started nearly 15 years ago. As part of the program, students from FCC also visit Russia. The next student trip to Russia will take place in June 2019. Registration for the trip will start in September. Interested students should email Mary Rolle at