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The Middlebury School in Russia offers three unique opportunities for students who wish to immerse themselves in the study of Russian language and culture.
Designed for students at an either an intermediate or advanced level of Russian, the School in Russia offers students a broad range of academic and cultural immersion under the Middlebury Language Pledge in one of three distinct Russian cities.
Intermediate students are encouraged to go to Yaroslavl, where integration and immersion is easier, while more advanced students can choose to study in Irkutsk or Moscow. All cities have distinct regional characteristics that provide students with a number of opportunities for immersion in both the language and the culture.
Unlike many American programs in Russia, in which study abroad students are segregated from regular university and community life, our programs in Irkutsk, Moscow, and Yaroslavl have been carefully designed to encourage linguistic and cultural integration. Through a flexible and demanding academic program, and with a variety of local contacts outside of the university, we strive to allow students maximum independence in their academic and social lives. In addition to improved Russian language ability, this level of independence allows students to develop practical survival skills for later work or study in the country.