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Russian Summer Language Program

Unique Features of the Program

We cover two full years of Russian, the equivalent of first-year AND second-year yielding twelve credits and fulfilling the University of Virginia language requirement. No previous knowledge of Russian is assumed or required. Upon successfully completing our program, you can expect to enter Third-Year Russian at the University of Virginia, or its equivalent at the school you attend. We welcome qualified high school students, and graduate students who find they need Russian in their research but have not yet begun their study of the language. Subject to interest, we add an optional extra hour to the academic day during the last two weeks of the program, during which we focus on scholarly texts representing various genres and disciplines, the type of texts that graduate students typically confront in their research.

Program Structure

The typical academic day comprises 7.5 hours, and is organized as follows:

  1. Morning session: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Grammar, reading, and listening with primary instructor
  2. Early afternoon session: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Speaking/conversation, writing, and additional work on grammar and listening with native speaker graduate teaching assistant
  3. Late afternoon session: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Culture, further review of day’s material, Russian conversation; this session also involves, as part of culture, some out-of-class activities; e.g., cooking
  4. There is at least one hour of homework every night.

Project Go Funding for ROTC Students:
ROTC cadets admitted to the SLI to study Chinese, Russian or Arabic, languages classified as "critical" for U.S. national security, may be eligible to receive financial support through Project Go, a DOD-funded initiative.  For more details, contact Professor Rich Cohen rjc8s@Virginia.EDU or LTC Timothy Leroux tpl6n@Virginia.EDU.