The Georgia Tech “Spring Track” program addresses the needs of students who did not begin their Russian study in fall of Freshman year. “Spring Track” quickly integrates students into the Russian program through a combination of on-campus study and summer intensive study while living in Riga, Latvia with Russian-speaking families.
Students enroll in RUSS 1001 for Spring semester. In summer, participants in the program spend nine weeks taking a total of nine credits (three semesters) of Russian in Riga. The courses use the same textbooks and cover the same topics as on-campus RUSS 1002, 2001, and 2002, but combine this with an immersion environment. Returning students are ready to jump into RUSS 3001, just eight months after beginning Russian study! A minor or additional study abroad and internships are just around the corner.
The program includes:
16+ hrs. per week intensive in-class Russian study in a small classroom setting.
Homestays with Russian-speaking families, including breakfast and dinner.
Cultural program in and around Riga and the Baltics, multi-day trip to Vilnius, Lithuania. Excursions can be taken in English or Russian.
May 22 - July 23, 2022
Baltic Center for Educational and Academic Development
All students stay in individual homestays with Russian-speaking families.
Courses and Credits
- RUSS 1692: Intensive Elementary Russian II
- RUSS 2691: Intensive Intermediate Russian I
- RUSS 2692: Intensive Intermediate Russian II
Total credits: 9
RUSS 1001 in the semester immediately preceding the program. otherwise RUSS 1002. Russian LBAT available for more advanced students.
The Program Fee is $4650. Fee includes homestay with daily breakfast and dinner, cultural excursions, including Cracow trip, insurance, books, airport pickup on May 21 or 22.
Program Fee does not include: Application fee, 9 credit hours tuition, international airline tickets, independent ground transportation, and meals.
Program descriptions and fees are subject to final approval by educational units and the Office of International Education. Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances. Once Georgia Tech has made payments to service providers, or if Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants' safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants. The program has a "go/no-go" date of March 1, 2022. Nothing will be expended by the program before this date. If a student withdraws from the program after the "go/no-go" decision-making window, the student may be responsible for payment of up to all fees.
COVID and Travel
Program participants are required to follow all laws and regulations of the host country and host institution. This includes all regulations related to coronavirus mitigation strategies.
On September 1, new regulations for travelers entering Latvia went into effect. The new regulations permit vaccinated travelers who can present either a U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) paper vaccine certificate, an interoperable digital EU certificate (either in an electronic smart device or printed out), or a vaccination certificate issued in specific other countries including the EU, the EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom to enter Latvia for nonessential purposes without a negative COVID test or requiring self-isolation. Please visit the U.S. Embassy in Latvia for more information related to COVID-19.
The landscape of coronavirus regulations is constantly shifting. If due to vaccination status a student cannot enter the EU, misses a significant portion of the program for mandatory self-isolation, or cannot participate in elements of the program there will be no refund of fees.