Waiting for the train in Russia.

Each summer, we will offer an advanced online course on a special topic in Russian grammar or stylistics. These courses are intended for students with at least three years of Russian (or the equivalent) who wish to take a “deep dive” into an advanced topic and explore the subtleties of usage by educated native speakers of Russian.

This summer’s advanced online offering will be Verbal Aspect in Russian. A subtle understanding of verbal aspect is necessary for advanced Russian language proficiency. This course is designed for those who want to systematize, correct, and deepen their knowledge of the subject. Our focus will be on the function and variety of uses of imperfective and perfective aspect. We will examine the use of aspect to express the sequence and simultaneity of actions, the fact and result of an action, process and completeness, repetition and singleness, and various meanings of the imperative. Course materials will include real everyday situations, literary texts, news reports, and oral stories.

Classes will meet for 1.5 hours daily, Monday through Friday, for four weeks. Classes will be held online via Zoom, with course materials shared on Canvas. Each course will be offered for three semester hours (one Middlebury unit) of credit at the undergraduate level.

Summer 2023 Dates and Fees

Dates: June 26 - July 21

Credits: 3 semester hours (1 Middlebury unit)

Cost: $2,425

Classes will meet for 1.5 synchronous hours daily, Monday through Friday, 5:00–6:30 pm EDT


Applications are due by May 15 at the latest. We encourage you to apply as early as possible, as the course could fill before May 15.


Please apply using the Language Schools online application. On the application, select “Summer Language Immersion: Beginner Thru Advanced.” The Advanced Online Course will appear as a program option in the drop-down list.

  • Applicants should have studied Russian for at least three years (or the equivalent) in the past. Their current speaking proficiency should be Intermediate Mid or higher on the ACTFL scale. Proficiency testing may be required.
  • The application fee is waived for online course applicants.
  • Alumni of the School of Russian, Middlebury College, or Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey do not need to submit supplementary materials.
  • New applicants should email their scanned university transcripts to schoolofrussian@middlebury.edu.
  • Students registered in the 8-week program or 6-week graduate program may not take the advanced online course, as they are already registered in a full-time course load.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available for this course, as students are considered to be registered part-time.


For more information, please contact the School of Russian at 802-443-2006 or schoolofrussian@middlebury.edu.