Program Details (Spring Track Intensive Russian)

Program details

Study Russian in Russian-speaking Riga, Latvia!

Courses

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.

Homestays

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

Expenses

  • 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.

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.