Russia - Business in Russia During and Post-Communism

Program Dates
Monday, May 10, 2021 to Sunday, May 23, 2021

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 a 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 4045 - Special Topic: Business in Russia During and Post-Communism. 3 credit hours. Instructor: Steven Creek; Michael Young

MBA 5020 - Russia - International Experience. 3 credit hours. Instructor: Steven Creek; Michael Young

Credits (3 credit hours)

BUS 4045 -  This course counts as the Advanced Entrepreneurship experiential electitve, an IB elective (major, approved, required or other), HOS elective, COB elective or upper level elective and fulfills the Global Issues requirement.

MBA 5020 - This 3 semester hour course fulfills the international requirement for the MBA program and is an elective for the international business concentration. 


Billable Program Cost: $3981.47
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, some meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $946 plus summer tuition.
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: health/wellness ($100), personal expenses ($200), visa ($216), passport ($150), and meals ($280).


Steven Creek

828-262-6217 or cell: 509-339-3114

Walker College of Business

Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
Appalachian undergraduates
Undergraduate business majors
MBA students
Appalachian graduate students
All faculty-led programs fulfill the Global Issues Requirement and can fulfill a COB elective or free elective. Be sure to speak with your academic advisor to see how a specific faculty-led program will fit into your program of study.
International Business
MBA 5020 
MBA International Business Concentration