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The 8-week program offers instruction at 7 levels, from introductory through advanced Russian, and is designed to cover approximately an academic year of material.

The program enrolls a diverse mix of undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, professionals, and lifelong learners.


Classes normally meet for at least four hours per day, five days per week, for a total of 160 contact hours. Daily work outside of class usually requires four to eight hours, and students are encouraged to spend four to five hours per week in cocurricular activities of their choice. Middlebury awards four units of undergraduate academic credit for successful completion of the 8-week program. (One unit equals three semester hours of credit, so the four units are usually treated as equivalent to 12 credit hours.)

All courses in the 8-week program provide proficiency-oriented instruction in listening, reading, speaking, writing, and grammar, with an emphasis on contemporary Russian culture in its historical context.

Phonetics Focus

Each level of study includes intensive practice in phonetics. Our phonetics classes are consistently popular, and one-on-one tutoring is in strong demand. In preparation for the summer, visit our phonetics site and practice on your own!


Placement in a specific level is determined by language proficiency. All students take a language assessment prior to the start of the program. The language assessment is not part of the application process. Read more about level placement.

Pre-Arrival Preparation

Arrival on campus can be as intimidating as it is exciting. To help you prepare for the immersion experience, visit our pre-immersion learning site. Some of the material is specifically for beginners, but there is something for everyone!

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