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 had 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 cultivate all four language proficiency skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an emphasis on oral proficiency and task-based learning. Classes meet 15 hours per week. Some assignments involve interaction with the citizens of Petrozavodsk, turning the city into a life-size language lab. Lectures (in English) provide insight into aspects of classical and contemporary Russian and Karelian culture. Students at all levels participate in a service learning project in Petrozavodsk.
The total program cost is $4,250.
Program cost includes round-trip transportation to Russia, six undergraduate semester credits through The College of St. Scholastica, St. Scholastica registration, ground transportation in Russia, housing, most meals, participant fees, study materials, Russian visas and instruction at Petrozavodsk State University.
The online application form and essay must be submitted by 11:59pm on February 16, 2016. Upon submission, a check for $200 made out to The College of St. Scholastica, accompanied by a copy of a current passport or expedited passport application, must be sent to the tour director, Dr. Karen Rosenflanz. The deposit is refundable until February 28, 2016, and the balance of the payment is due April 29, 2016.