This program is designed for students beginning their study of Russian, those who have completed only one or two years of Russian and those who have taken no formal Russian language training at all. Students are placed in classes based on the language skills they bring with them on the trip. The program is intended primarily for college-level students. However, high school students are accepted with the recommendation of their instructors.
The classes deal with all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Classes meet about 15 hours per week. Some assignments involve interacting with the citizens of Petrozavodsk, turning the city into a life-size language laboratory. In addition, there are lectures (in English) on various aspects of classical and contemporary Russian culture.
The entire program costs $4,250 and includes round-trip transportation to Russia, ground transportation in Russia, housing, most meals, six undergraduate semester credits, St. Scholastica registration, participant fees, study materials, Russian visas and instruction at Petrozavodsk State University. A $200 deposit reserves a space in the program. The deposit is refundable until February 27, 2014. The balance is due April 30, 2014.