First level students, who frequently arrive with no prior knowledge of the Russian language, have a 2-day "surival Russian" class before the pledge goes into effect.
The summer Russian School has been offering excellent language and culture instruction in an intensive immersion setting for over 50 years. It is widely recognized as one of the best Russian language programs in the world. While summer study is not required, most Middlebury Russian majors opt to study in the Russian School nine-week session before their junior year abroad. Many return after graduation for advanced study or to pursue a master's degree in Russian