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Education Programs in Russia: Inexpensive Engagement with Russia’s Cultural Life by Joshua Hartshorne
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C.V. Starr—Middlebury College School in Russia
The C.V. Starr Middlebury College School in Russia offers three unique opportunities for students who wish to immerse themselves in the study of Russian language and culture. Unlike many American programs in Russia, in which students are segregated from regular university and community life, our programs in Irkutsk, Moscow, and Yaroslavl have been carefully designed to encourage linguistic and cultural integration. Through a flexible and demanding academic program, and with a variety of local contacts outside of the university, we strive to allow students maximum independence in their academic and social lives. In addition to improved Russian language ability, this level of independence allows students to develop practical survival skills for later work or study in the country.


Enjoy Russian
Academic Semester in Russia
Enjoy Russian offers a new program for students which lasts 12 weeks. The program includes a Russian course and an Internship. For the Russian course, the size of the group is 4 - 10 people. The classes take place from Monday to Friday, and there are 20 classes per week. Internships start from the 3rd week of the program and lasts 10 weeks. Internships takes place 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), 3 hours a day. Internships are unpaid; you can work at museums, libraries, kid clubs, travel agencies, language courses, etc. Please note: Only organized groups are invited (4 and more students of the same level of Russian).


Irkutsk State Technical University (ISTU)
Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs
The University offers training in the wide range of specialties (about 90 ones) in technical and economic fields, humanities and arts on the level of Bachelor (4 years), Specialist (5 years), Master (2 years) and PhD (3 years).
Pre-University Training
The pre-university course is designed for those foreigners who do not know Russian language but want to become degree-seeking students in Russia. The course takes the minimum period of one academic year and combines the learning of Russian language with studying of basic high school subjects. After successful completion of the program the students are awarded with state Certificates giving the right to enter any university in Russia.
Summer Schools for Foreign Students
Each summer the University holds two-week summer course of Russian language and Siberian regional studies "Exploring Siberia" and three-week engineering summer school "Computer technologies in mechanical engineering".


Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO — University)
Russian Politics and Institutions in a Comparative Perspective
A 7-week program in international relations and politics. This program combines classroom instruction with field trips, language partnerships, and extracurricular activities. It was specially designed for international students and is taught in English with additional courses in Russian. The program is designed as an introduction to understanding contemporary Russian domestic and foreign policy, in addition to being aimed at experiencing modern Russia with its traditions and culture.

Contact: 76, Vernadskiy Avenue, Moscow 119454, Russia. Tel. +7495 434 9453; +7 495 434 9066. Fax: +7495 434 9259. Email:

The School of Russian and Asian Studies
Study Abroad in Russia!
The School of Russian and Asian Studies represents a wide range of study opportunities in Russia and Eurasia. Courses for all level of Russian and on topics from art and history to business and politics. Contact us also to learn more about internships and travel in the region.

Contact: Renee Stillings, The School of Russian and Asian Studies, 117 Marva Oaks Drive, Woodside, CA 94062; Tel.: 1-800-55-RUSSIA;;

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