Category Archives: Language Training

Language training programs, both domestic and abroad.

Study Abroad: Russian Language & Lit. in Riga, Latvia (CUNY)

Deadline for Applications: April 06, 2017

The Division of Russian and Slavic Studies at Hunter College (CUNY) is offering a new two-track study abroad program in Russian language and literature in the Baltics (June 4 – July 31, 2017)! The application deadline is April 6.

We will be based in Riga, but the program includes a 4-day trip to Lithuania (Kaunas, Vilnius, Klaipeda, Palanga) and a 2-day trip to Estonia (Tartu and Tallinn).

The language track is an intensive Intermediate Russian course, with a prerequisite of 2 semesters of Russian taken previously.

The literature track is a course taught in English, but with the option of doing most readings in Russian, titled “THE BALTIC TRANSIT: RUSSIAN WRITERS EN ROUTE TO THE WEST.” It explores the roles of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in Russian literature and culture throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, beginning with the period of the three states’ interwar independence, covering the years of WWII and the Soviet period, as well as addressing the post-Soviet times and the present-day cultural and political moment.

If any of you or students are interested, please don’t hesitate to email me (yakov.klots@hunter.cuny.edu) – I will be happy to provide detailed information on all aspects of the program, including the syllabi, the schedule, etc.

Here is the link to the Hunter College Study Abroad office webpage with the program description:

http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/educationabroad/programs/short-term-programs/summer-2017-programs/latvia

Language Training: Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2017

ARABIC
PERSIAN
TURKISH
Language Immersion Institute

Move-in: Saturday, June 17
Orientation: Sunday, June 18
Classes begin Monday, June 19

The UW-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII) is a residential summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Courses are offered for academic credit at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels (depending on sufficient enrollment). Students commit to using their target language as their only means of communication for the entire summer – in class, in their shared living space on campus, at meals, and at co-curricular activities that combine to create a language immersion experience. Continue reading

Language Training: Summer Online Russian (Wayne State University)

Deadline for Registration: June 27, 2017

Wayne State Russian Program offers first-year Russian (RUS 1010and RUS 1020) online in a synchronous format. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about this program. If your questions aren’t answered below, please write Laura Kline at af7585@wayne.edu

General Information

1) TEXTBOOK: Which textbook do we use and how many chapters do we cover?

We use Beginner’s Russian by Anna Kudyma, Frank Miller, and Olga Kagan. We cover 5 chapters each semester, for a total of 10 chapters in the first year.

2) PLATFORM: How is the online course taught?

Our online Russian courses are taught live online (synchronous) with a live instructor. We use Blackboard Collaborate as our platform; it is free to students registered at Wayne. Students will be familiarized with the technology before the course begins.

3) MEETING TIMES & DATES: When do the classes meet?

Both classes meet TuTh from 12:00-3:20 live online.

RUS 1010 is offered in the Spring Semester (5/08/17 – 6/27/17).

RUS 1020 is offered in the Summer Semester (6/28/17 – 8/18/17).

4) WSU FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT? Do these classes meet the language requirement?

The requirement is for 3 semesters of a foreign language – through 2010. These are the first two semesters. You can take RUS 2010 in the fall to complete the requirement.

For more information visit their site here.

Prof. Devel.: STARTALK Summer Institute “Proficiency-based Pedagogy for Russian” (Middlebury School of Russian)

Application deadline: March 31, 2017

Middlebury School of Russian is pleased to announce the 2017 STARTALK Summer Institute “Proficiency-based Pedagogy for Russian” intended for novice teachers of Russian and graduate students with no or limited teaching experiences.

The Institute provides participants with unique opportunities to gain a solid foundation in second language acquisition theory and language proficiency framework, and to transfer this knowledge into classroom practice. Participants will create teaching materials for different levels of instruction, implementing STARTALK-endorsed best teaching practices, and engage in practice-teaching in a safe environment with guidance from experienced language practitioners.

The Institute consists of two parts: a 5-day online session (June 19-23, 2017) and a 12-day on-campus session in Middlebury, VT (July 12-23, 2017); both sessions are mandatory. During the on-line session participants will engage in learning and discussing theoretical approaches to language acquisition and principles of proficiency-based pedagogy, so that the on-campus session can be dedicated to applying this theoretical knowledge to classroom teaching and material development. During the on-campus session, participants will brainstorm, design, and implement curricular units, lessons and activities.

Institute’s participants will experience the unique immersive environment of the Middlebury Russian School. By living in the language, participants themselves will see how a learning community of people who speak Russian with varying levels of fluency can be built and sustained.

Tuition, lodging expenses, meals, textbooks, and classroom materials are covered by the STARTALK grant, and each participant is eligible to receive a travel reimbursement for up to $300. Participants will receive one course unit of graduate credit.

 NEW FOR 2017: This year the STARTALK Institute has received an award to offer up to 5 scholarships to cover tuition for the 1-Week Refresher Course (July 2-9). These scholarships are competitive and will be awarded to those admitted STARTALK participants who need to “update” their language skills before starting the on-campus program on July 12. More information about the Refresher Course is available here.

Please note that the application deadline is March 13, 2017. Finalists will be notified by April 1, 2017.

For information and to submit an application, please, visit:

http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/russian/startalkrussian.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact program director, Irina Dubinina, at idubinin@brandeis.edu or lead instructor, Olesya Kisselev, at ovk103@psu.edu

Study Abroad: Summer Internship Program in Russia (Crossroads Eurasia)

Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

Crossroads Eurasia, a career-focused summer work experience is still accepting applications for its summer internship program in Russia. 

Students can choose one of three options:

  • Camp counseling. One of the best introductions to Russia one can have. Best for beginners of the language, looking for a friendly and structured atmosphere.
  • Teaching English. Highly immersive and flexible, with coaching by local teachers. Similar in style to well-known overseas programs for recent graduates. Recommended for heritage speakers, and those students with at least intermediate level of Russian.
  • Translation. As close as students will come to actually working in Russia. We recommend it both to students interested in translation specifically as well as advanced or heritage speakers, looking for an experience like no other.

Post-program, students receive career coaching to help them communicate the value of the experience, and an alumni network can inform their next career steps.  

Internships are located in places where the pace of life is slower — Kostroma, Voronezh, and Ryazan. In every location, students spend time with locals and come away with some genuine friendships. Every city has a local coordinator.

Accommodations, meals, visa support and travel assistance is provided, as would be expected.

More information is available on our website at: www.CrossroadsEurasia.com or if you would like to contact the director, at: vgorshkov@crossroadseurasia.com.

Study Abroad: “Learn Russian in the European Union” (Daugavpils Univ.)

Deadline for Application: June 23, 2017

Daugavpils University and the “Learn Russian in the European Union” project invite students for customized Semester Abroad programs hosted by Daugavpils University, Latvia.

Semester Abroad programs include:

(1) Intensive “Russian as a Foreign Language” core course (interactive communication skills, grammar, phonetics), provided at Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior target proficiency levels.

(2) Subject matter group and elective courses, depending on the selected program and delivered in English and/or Russian:
– Russian language, literature, and culture;
– East European studies;
– Natural Sciences (mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, environmental studies), theory and laboratory practice;
– Political Science.

Daugavpils University will award up to 30 ECTS credits (Russian – 15 ECTS, subject matter courses – up to 15 ECTS.
No visa is required to study in Latvia for citizens of the USA, Canada, the European Union, and many other countries.

Program features:
– Accommodation with a Russian-speaking host family.
– Native Russian student communication partners.
– Full language and cultural immersion in the European Union’s most Russian city.
– Excursions, field trips, cultural and sports activities.
– Local health insurance, two-way airport transfer, orientation, local mobile phone, and more.
– Optional guided trip to Russia or Belarus. Visas can be obtained from the consulates located in Daugavpils.
– Full-time in-country support.

The application deadline for the Fall 2017 programs is June 23, 2017.

Please find more on the Semester Abroad programs in Daugavpils at http://www.learnrussianineu.com/semester-abroad-programs

Language Training: John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin 2017 (Kosciuszko Foundation)

Deadline for Applications: May 18, 2017

Language courses are available from two to eight weeks for non-intensive, intensive, and highly intensive programs.  Classes begin in July and late July. Class size is limited to approximately 10 students affording each student personalized attention. Applicants may register for classes that range from 5 to 8 hours of instruction daily.  All intensity levels meet from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Intensive and Highly Intensive programs meet for additional classes focused on oral practice from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays.  In addition to the hours listed for PL and PLI, students in the Highly Intensive program also meet one-on-one with a tutor.  Students in the PLH program choose the topic of each day’s tutoring session.  Tutoring is held between 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. or 4:00- 4:45 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays.  Students will be placed in language groups based on a placement exam which is given at the start of the program.  Each program also includes lectures on Polish history, culture, literature, music, the Polish economy and important contemporary issues.

PROGRAM FEES INCLUDE

Tuition, a shared room, 3 meals a day, course materials, various cultural events and sightseeing of Lublin’s Old Town and Sandomierz.  Sightseeing of  Warsaw is included in sessions lasting longer than 3 weeks.

Airfare, optional trips, and single rooms are NOT included in program fees.

HOUSING

Students live in double occupancy rooms at a student dormitory.  Bathrooms are shared. Single rooms are available at the dormitory for an additional fee of $10 per night.

TO APPLY FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF CREDIT

In order to arrange for a transfer of credit you will need to speak to your  academic adviser.   Print a copy of this page, a KF Credit Approval Form (see application forms) and speak to your academic adviser.  If approved, please return the completed Credit Approval Form to the Kosciuszko Foundation.  Address information is provided below.

Students applying for credit must attend classes and pass final exams. Please note that in Poland 1 academic hour = 45 minutes.

TO APPLY FOR PROGRAMS IN LUBLIN

Please indicate the number of weeks you intend to participate in the program; 2 to 8 week programs are available.  Circle PL, PLI or PLH for the level of intensity.  Please indicate whether you will be participating in July or August.  Indicate double or dorm single under Accommodations as per your preference.  Follow additional instructions on the application form.

For more information, including funding information, click here.

Study Abroad: Faculty of Economic Sciences (Higher School of Economics)

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2017

The Moscow-based Faculty of Economic Sciences at the Higher School of Economics, a highly selective educational institution specializing in economics and finance,  would like to invite undergraduate and Master’s-level students to experience study abroad at one of Russia’s best universities.

HSE is one of Russia’s largest and most modern state universities. Established in 1992 as a program in economics, HSE currently offers 87 programs in 16 areas of study for undergraduate students and 129 Master’s programs in 28 areas of study. 25 Master’s programs are currently taught entirely in English. At its four campuses – in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Perm and Nizhny Novgorod – HSE offers instruction to more than 30,000 students each year.

Because HSE attracts the best and brightest from throughout Russia, most students have a high level of proficiency in English. The undergraduate program offers a wide variety of courses taught in English in the fields of economics, humanities, finance and the social sciences. Students from abroad can take classes in English from other HSE programs as well as study Russian as a Foreign language.

Undergraduate students enjoy a wide variety of liberal arts courses that combine humanities and science in a balanced way that suits majors such as:

  • Slavic Languages and Literatures

  • Economics

  • Economics and Mathematics

  • Finance

  • Political Science

  • Russian and East European Studies

  • Global Affairs

  • Humanities

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Study Abroad: Summer Intensive Russian and Kazakh and Elective Courses in Eurasian Studies (Astana, Kazakhstan)

Deadline for Applications: March 01, 2017

Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan), in collaboration with the University of Arizona, is pleased to announce the Second Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (SSRES). We are now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working professionals for our 2017 summer session. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Program dates for SSRES 2017: May 26-July 22 (8 weeks)

The main component of SSRES in 2017 will be an Intensive 8-week Course in Russian Language (all levels are welcome) OR an Intensive 8-week Course in Beginner’s Kazakh Language. The program offers 120 contact hours of in-class instruction in all aspects of these languages and one elective course in the Eurasian Studies curriculum taught in English. Students can choose one from the following elective courses:

  • HST 100 History of Kazakhstan (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)
  • HST 104 Central Asian History II (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)
  • WLL 230 Survey of Post-Soviet Russian Literature and Culture (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)

In additional to the core program, the students will have an opportunity to learn some elementary Kazakh and get an introduction to Kazakh culture by taking a weekly non-credited practical course in Kazakh Language and Culture (once a week on Fridays, free and included in the program). Students, enrolled in Kazakh, will be able to take a similar course in Russian Language and Culture.

American students have an option to apply to the program through The University of Arizona Global Initiatives and earn US-based academic credits. The University of Arizona offers full health insurance coverage, pre-departure orientation and advising sessions, and 24/7 counselling services to all program participants.  For more information, visit the program’s website at https://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/program/arizona-kazakhstan.

For more information about the program, including its cost, course descriptions, and the cultural program, visit our website: http://shss.nu.edu.kz/shss/academics/ssres and the program blog at http://ssres-nazarbayev-university.com/. Please address all questions to Professor Victoria Thorstensson (victoria.thorstensson@nu.edu.kz). 

Questions about the application process through the University of Arizona should be addressed to Professor Liudmila Klimanova, Director for the Arizona in Kazakhstan Program (klimanova@mail.arizona.edu).  Continue reading

Study Abroad: Summer University Programs (NRUHSE)

Deadline for Applications: April 03, 2017

The Summer University at the HSE is a new initiative designed to provide students, PhD candidates, postdocs and professionals from around the world with unique opportunities to enhance their knowledge in area studies and beyond. Offering a broad interdisciplinary selection of courses, the Summer University is open to all students and will be of particular interest to those who study International Relations, History, Political Science and other social sciences and humanities. Many of the courses, taught in English, focus on the politics, history, economics and culture of Russia and Eurasia.

International Summer University HSE Moscow
International Summer University in HSE Saint Petersburg
International Summer University in HSE Nizhny Novgorod

Tuition and Fees

Programme fee:

  • $150 USD per credit
  • $177 USD per credit (if participant takes less than 3 ECTS credits total)
  • Online processing fee: 3000 RUB (non-refundable; registration fee will be waived for HSE students)

Programme fee covers:
– tuition,
– accommodation support*,
– visa support,
– at least one sight-seeing tour and social events.

*Accommodation support involves help with booking a place in one of HSE dormitories. The cost of accommodation (5 400 RUB/month) is not included in the programme fee.