Spring Track Intensive Russian

Spring Intensive


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:

    • Riga old city

    • Soviet-era nuclear bunker

    • Courland (Kemeri bog walk; Open-Air Museum at the Juglas lake; Livonian castle; Kuldige)

    • Gauja National Park area and Sigulda castle

    • Art Nouveau Riga

    • 3 day trip to Vilnius, Lithuania

    • Roundtable with students from Russia

    • Mid-program break coincides with local midsummer holiday of Ligo

  • Excursions highlight the multicultural heritage of the area, as well as the Russian and Soviet experience. Exact excursions are subject to change. All except the roundtable can be done in English or Russian.


Riga, Latvia 


May 22 - July 23, 2022

Host Institution

  • 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. This should be taken in the on-campus section with the accompanying fifth hour (RUSS 1811, 1 cr.); 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 Vilnius 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. 

Cancellation Policy

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.

Informational Meetings


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.

Latvia requires U.S. citizens entering the country to be fully vaccinated.

See the U.S. Embassy in Latvia site for detailed information.

The program is tentatively approved for summer 2022 by the GT Study Abroad Committee. Full approval must be given at the program’s go-/no-go date.

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Program Contact

Stuart Goldberg
Swann 318

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