Open to undergraduate and graduate heritage students.
Semester, Academic Year, or Summer (8 weeks)
Summer - February 15
Fall & Academic Year - March 15
Spring - October 1
The Individualized Russian Language Program for Heritage Speakers is intended to address the specific needs of students who speak Russian at home or with relatives, or who grew up speaking Russian and wish to strengthen their Russian skills. All individualized academic programs focus on the development of Russian language skills, including grammar, conversation, and phonetics; courses in literature, history, and area studies are available for advanced students. Participants attend a minimum of twelve hours of tutorials per week.
In addition, heritage program participants may attend regular classes in numerous academic departments at their host universities during the academic year. The Individualized Russian Language Program for Heritage Speakers is offered during the academic year, semester, and summer at Moscow International University and the Russian State Pedagogical University (Gertsen Institute) in St. Petersburg.
A full-time U.S. resident director oversees the academic and cultural programs, including local excursions and extended group travel, and assists participants in academic, administrative, and personal matters. Students may live with Russian host families or in university dormitories in Moscow and St. Petersburg. During the semester, students may participate in unpaid, non-credit bearing internships and volunteer service at local public schools, charities, and international businesses, depending on language level and interests. Students are also offered the chance to meet for two hours per week with Russian peer tutors recruited from their host universities.
Students receive academic credit for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses through Bryn Mawr College.
** For more detailed program information, please visit the American Councils Study Abroad Programs website: Go to www.acrussiaabroad.org.
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