During their first semester at the School in Russia, participants take four courses. For most students, this consists of one core course and three electives. The core course, "The Russian Language," includes Russian grammar, as well as Russian phonetics and/or speech practice (these may vary from semester to semester, depending on students' levels/needs).
The electives offered to students vary from semester to semester and are determined based on students' academic disciplines and interests for that specific term. Some examples of electives that have been offered in previous semesters, and may be offered in future semesters include:
Russian Culture & Civilization
History of Russia: 9th Century to 1861
Modern Russian History and Contemporary Politics
A.S. Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin"
Silver Age of Russian Poetry
Literary Works of A.P. Chekhov
Stylistics of the Written Russian Language
Course descriptions and/or syllabi may be available upon request.
All courses are taught in Russian and are exclusive to School in Russia participants. Instructors are selected from various departments of the host university. For the core course, students are divided into language level groups based on the results of a language placement test given prior to arrival in Russia, and on the results of interviews and testing on site. The electives are not divided according to language level, but are taught to the group as a whole. Each class meets for two пары (four academic hours) per week and includes written and oral graded exercises.
Students of advanced-level Russian may choose to pursue one or more classes in the regular departments of YPGU, 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:
Science (biology, chemistry, physics); Math and Computer Science; Social Science (economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology); Languages (linguistics, literature); and Humanities (history, philosophy, religion)