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Return to the School of Russian and refresh your language skills during our Refresher Course, designed for alumni or other students with a solid foundation in Russian who have been away from the language for a while, from a few years to a few decades.

The Refresher Course is offered in two formats:

The 4-week online Refresher meets for one hour daily, Monday through Friday. Classes will be held online via Zoom, with course materials shared on Canvas. The 4-week online Refresher makes the most of the remote format and available technology, while keeping the focus on reactivating your Russian language skills through engaging activities, conversation practice, and lessons on Russian grammar, vocabulary development, and phonetics. The daily hour of instruction will be scheduled to accommodate a wide range of work and family schedules.

The 1-week Refresher is part of our residential immersion program. 1-week students live on campus, eat in the dining hall, attend up to 4 hours of class daily, and experience our rich cultural program. The curriculum includes daily lessons on Russian grammar, vocabulary development, and phonetics; discussion of current events and literature; and guest speakers, games, and workshops. Outside class, 1-week students take advantage of the 24/7 immersion environment and participate in activities and events alongside 8-week and 6-week graduate students.

Enrollment in each Refresher Course is limited to 12 students.

4-week online Refresher: Summer 2022 Dates and Fees

Dates: June 27 - July 22

Cost: $795

Online classes will meet for one synchronous hour daily, Monday through Friday, at a time to be scheduled. This program is not for credit.

1-week Refresher: Summer 2022 Dates and Fees

Dates: July 24 - July 30

Cost: $1,845 (tuition, room, and board)

Students will live and eat on campus, and classes will meet for up to four hours daily, Monday through Friday. The cost includes tuition, housing, and meals in the dining hall. This program is not for credit.


Application Deadline: May 15

Please apply using the Language Schools online application. On the application, select “Summer Language Immersion: Beginner Thru Advanced.” The 4-week online Refresher and 1-week Refresher will appear as program options 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 Refresher 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

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available for this program, as it is not offered for academic credit.


For more information, please contact the School of Russian at 802-443-2006 or