Program Details (Spring Track Intensive Russian)

Program details

Study Russian in Russian-speaking Riga, Latvia!


16+ hrs. per week intensive in-class Russian study in a small classroom setting.

  • "Intensive Elementary Russian II" (3 credits, RUSS 1692)
  • "Intensive Intermediate Russian I" (3 credits, RUSS 2961)
  • "Intensive Intermediate Russian II" (3 credits, RUSS 2962)

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 subject to change. All except the roundtable can be done in English or Russian.


All students stay in individual homestays with Russian-speaking families.


  • Program fee – $4650. Fee includes homestay with daily breakfast and dinner, cultural excursions, including Vilnius trip, insurance, books, airport pickup on May 21 or 22. Price excludes tuition and airfare. 

  • Nine credits tuition (out-of-state students pay in-state tuition) 

  • Application fee – $250 

The first installment of the program fee ($2000) will be due on March 1. 

The final installment ($2650) will be due on April 5. 

A decision “go/no-go” will be made on March 1.  No expenditures will be made by the program before that date.  In case of cancellation at that juncture, students will have a choice to participate in an online back-up program with a small program fee or withdraw.  Those choosing to withdraw will be fully refunded both the application fee and the first installment of program fees. Those choosing to remain would be refunded the difference between original the first installment and online program 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.

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.