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:
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:
Riga old city
Soviet-era nuclear bunker
Courland (Kemeri bog walk; Open-Air Museum; Kuldige)
Gauja National Park area and Sigulda castle
Art Nouveau Riga
3 day trip to Vilnius, Lithuania
Roundtable with university students
Break during local midsummer holiday of Ligo
Excursions highlight the multicultural heritage of the area, as well as the Soviet experience. Exact excursions are subject to change. All except the roundtable can be done in English or Russian.
June 4 - August 5, 2023
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 $5900. With early bird discount -- $5400 (application by Jan. 15). Fee includes homestay with daily breakfast and dinner, cultural excursions, including Vilnius trip, insurance, books, airport pickup.
Program Fee does not include: Application fee, 9 credit hours tuition, international airline tickets, local ground transportation, lunches and some meals during travel.
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. Nothing will be expended by the program prior to February 28, 2023. If a student withdraws from the program, the student will be responsible for payment of up to all fees.