To truly master the Russian language, linguistic and cultural immersion are of critical importance.
To engage effectively with the world in Russian, you need both superior language skills and deep cultural understanding. Whether you plan to use your Russian for business, research, translation, or education, this powerful combination will help you focus your studies and achieve your career goals.
Total Immersion—the Middlebury Difference
The Language Pledge—a promise to speak only Russian during your time in the program—provides a constant immersion environment. Reading, writing, speaking, and thinking in Russian, you will challenge yourself as never before and push your language skills to a higher level than you imagined possible.
At Middlebury, "immersion" also includes Russian culture. On our Vermont campus, take part in cocurricular activities ranging from art and cooking to music and sports-all conducted in Russian. And while abroad, experience the culture firsthand—studying in local universities, exploring urban oases and historic sites, and building relationships with the people who call this deeply traditional and rapidly evolving nation home.