Courses in Irkutsk

The School in Russia program at Irkutsk State University (ISU) is coordinated through Международный институт экономики и лингвистики. All Russian language courses at ISU are taught by instructors from this institute, while subject courses are taught by instructors from other факультеты and институты of the university. All courses meet for four academic hours per week and include written and oral graded assignments.

School in Russia participants often take a combination of Middlebury and mainstream classes.

Middlebury Classes

All students enroll in the core course, "The Russian Language," that includes Russian grammar and speech practice. The electives offered each semester vary depending on students' academic disciplines and interests, with the minimum number of students in each elective set at three. Below is a list of electives that have been offered in previous semesters and may be offered in future terms as well.

Russian Classical Literature
The Baikal Region in All Aspects
Political Discourse of Modern Russia AND Post-Soviet Russia
Fantasy and Fiction Philosophy in Gogol's Prose
Siberia in Modern International Relations

Mainstream Classes

Students of advanced-level Russian may choose to pursue one or more classes in the regular departments of ISU, in place of any of the standard School in Russia courses. Among the факультеты и кафедры which might be of interest to American students are:

Biology and Soil Science (sub departments: biochemistry, botany and genetics, microbiology, plant physiology and cell biology, soil science, zoology); Chemistry (analytical chemistry, general and non-organic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry); Geography (cartography, economic geography, hydrology, meteorology, physical geography); Geology (general geology, geodynamics, geophysics, oil and gas, mineralogy); Mathematics and Economics (applied mathematics, economics, information systems, mathematical analysis, mathematical economics); Philology (Buryat folklore, language and literature, journalism, Russian folklore, language and literature); Psychology; Physics (experimental physics, general physics, microelectronics, radio electronics, theoretical physics); Social Sciences (cultural studies and social management, regional studies and social resources, social philosophy, history and politics)