Alternative Site in Kazakhstan

We are currently running our Russian language immersion program in Kazakhstan and are accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year. 

The Middlebury School in Russia offers three distinct opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the study of Russian language and culture.

Designed for students with an intermediate or advanced level of Russian, our program offers students a broad range of academic and cultural immersion while adhering to the Middlebury Language Pledge®. Depending on academic and extracurricular interests, students can choose from three sites:

Unlike many American programs in Russia that segregate students from regular university and community life, our programs encourage linguistic and cultural integration. Through a flexible and demanding academic program and with a variety of local contacts outside of the university, we strive to allow students maximum independence in their academic and social lives. In addition to improved Russian language ability, this level of independence allows students to develop practical survival skills for later work or study in the country.

Study Abroad: Yaroslavl, Russia

Hi, this is Henry, right now I’m in Yaroslavl, Russia. Yaroslavl, it’s part of this ring of cities called The Golden Ring. And a lot of those towns weren’t touched too much like this inner parts by communism. So they have all these old beautiful buildings. So that’s the first thing that you’ll see when you get there.

The language pledge was a huge huge part of me choosing this program. Before I went to Russia I couldn’t speak Russian at all, I was very, very bad at it. But then by the time I got back, I was like one of the best in the class. And I could speak quickly, and it’s just like this puzzle that you’re constantly working around.

My highlights of time abroad were I guess specifically like living in that city and pretending I was my own like Russian person there. Just sort of completely delving into it, eating the food, speaking with the people. And by the time I was proficient enough to go to museums by myself, or just do things by myself and navigate through the world, it was just an amazing, amazing feeling.


The upper window of a pavilion

Beginner and Intermediate Tracks

We offer Beginner and Intermediate Tracks in Moscow, in addition to our regular program for advanced speakers. Learn more here.

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Fill out the inquiry form to get more information and updates from the School in Russia.

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Graduate Program

Looking for a way to continue your Russian studies in Russia?

MA Program