Held at Middlebury College in Vermont each summer. 8 weeks of intensive Russian language and cultural immersion, with additional 3-week online pre-immersion program for beginning language students. Language pledge. Dormitory housing. No language requirement for eligibility.
Summer Russian Study
For students planning to study Russian over the summer, Bowdoin does not recognize certain programs over others, so there is a wider range of available options, which you can explore in the list below. Additionally, please see the Funding for Study Abroad page for more information on how to make your summer dreams a reality.
Please note that students planning to request transfer credit for summer study abroad, including credit toward the Russian major, must receive approval of the department chair and submit their request to the Office of the Registrar prior to their departure.
"Лучше один раз увидеть, чем сто раз услышать."
"Better to see it once than hear it a hundred times."
Immerse yourself in Russian language and culture so that you can experience it with your own eyes, ears, and heart!
Based at Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia's first liberal arts college. Direct enrollment for advanced students. Homestays or hostel-type housing. 4 semesters of college-level Russian required.
Based in various cities across Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. A variety of programs focused on a particular topic of interest; many also include intensive Russian language instruction. Program topics are Central Asian Studies, Georgian Foodways, Russia and the Environment, Security and Society, the Art and Science of Museums, and Russian Language. Homestays or dormitory style housing. Requirements differ by program.
Based at Daugavpils University in Latvia. Offers a variety of programs focused on Russian language, literature, culture, and area studies, as well as Russian and political science and Russian and the natural sciences. Homestays or dormitory style housing. No language requirement for eligibility.
A program of the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this is a highly competitive but fully funded opportunity for advanced-level summer Russian study by U.S. undergraduates and graduate students. Program locations in recent years have included Russian cities such as Nizhny Novgorod and Vladimir as well as Tbilisi, Georgia and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 4 semesters of college-level Russian required.
Based in Moscow (MIU), St. Petersburg (Herzen Institute), or Vladimir (CORA), Russia or in Almaty, Kazakhstan (KazNU). Homestays or university dormitory housing. Russian Heritage Speakers Program available. 2 semesters minimum college-level Russian required.