More than a dozen University of California professors, researchers and students would trade places with their Soviet counterparts under a first-time program that is under negotiation, a UC official said.
"I believe our intention and their intention is to sign the agreement on Dec. 18. The talks have been going well," said William H. Allaway, director of the UC Education Abroad program.
But negotiations with Leningrad State University, begun in July, 1986, were still at a delicate stage, he said.
If approved, the historic exchange would begin in the fall of 1988 and last at least three years, UC officials said.
As many as 18 professors and researchers from such areas as physics, engineering and the humanities would spend up to 20 months at a time at the Soviet school.