Faculty-Led: Russian in Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
White Nights! Golden Onion Domes! Royal Palaces! In June, the sun doesn't set in St. Petersburg until well after midnight and the pearl of Russian Imperial architecture glows most brightly. Known as the "Venice of the North" because of its many canals and rivers, St. Petersburg is liveliest during the four weeks of our program, when the streets are bustling and opportunities for cultural contact are the greatest.
Established in 1989, the UR Summer Program in Russia began in the provincial city of Tver before moving to Moscow in 1992 and to St. Petersburg in 1994. Each, year, approximately a dozen students from the University of Rochester and elsewhere make the trip. For many, it is a life-changing experience: "This has been the most wonderful experience of my life."
"The program and the Russian people have changed my life." "What I loved about this trip cannot be expressed with words".
Russian in Russia, RUS 107/157/207, 4 credits
All classes will be conducted at Herzen Pedagogical University. Coursework in grammar, phonetics, conversation, reading, and culture, all oriented toward practical language skills. Students attend 3 hours of courses a day for four days a week for 48 contact hours. They also keep a daily journal in Russian which is read and graded by the program director.
Students have required excursions every Friday as well as optional excursions on other days. These excursions are the equivalent of 2 more contact hours a week. In addition, students spend a weekend in Moscow, where they have two and a half days of required excursions in the nation's capital. Students live with host families in St. Petersburg, who provide two meals a day and an all-Russian speaking environment. Optional excursions are typically run by our on-site program assistant, Lena Zemtsova. However, since students buy inexpensive Russian cellphones while there and since they have the phone numbers of Nikita and Anna as well as Lena, any of the three could respond at a given moment and still not leave any group of students they may be guiding unattended.
John Givens, Associate Professor of Russian, email@example.com
Nikita Maslennikov, Lecturer in Russian, University of Rochester, firstname.lastname@example.org
Total cost of program is $3,750 (does not include airfare or personal expenses)
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