Academic Program

Program Sessions and Credits

RLI is a full eight-week program that is divided into two four-week sessions, each of which comprises one course. Students may enroll in the first session to receive credit for one course without completing the second session. Students who wish to enroll in the second session, which is a continuation of the first session, must seek approval from the program directors. Each course is credited at four semester hours; thus, the full eight-week program carries eight semester-hours of credit. Using the Bryn Mawr system, this translates into two units (one unit equals four semester-hours).

Structure of Courses

All courses strongly emphasize the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Modern Standard Russian within the context of a systematic and structured approach to the mastery of Russian grammar and vocabulary. Courses are team-taught. 

Program Placement

All students who have taken the equivalent of at least one year of Russian will participate in pre- and post-program proficiency testing of oral, and, of reading competencies. Placement into appropriate course levels is dependent on each student's prior course work and personal goals in pursuing summer study.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9-10:20 a.m. Class
10:25-11:45 a.m. Class
11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Russian Table with faculty (lunch)
1:25-2:45 p.m. Class
3-5 p.m. Film screenings, guest lectures, study time
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30-9 p.m. Extracurricular activities or study time
Most students reside on campus in a Russian-only wing in the dorms for the duration of the program. Students who reside locally should plan to be on campus from at least 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, chronic absence extracurricular activities scheduled outside this time frame may result in a reduction of the overall effectiveness of the immersion experience for the learner.

Course Offerings

Russian 001, 002: Intensive Elementary Russian (Novice to Intermediate Low) In-person only in Summer 2022

A beginning-level course of Russian with strong emphasis on the development of oral and written communicative skills, development of basic vocabulary, and mastery of the writing system and grammatical structure. This course covers a full academic year of coursework. During the academic year this course meets eight hours per week. Textbooks used are Russian Stage One: Live from Russia! Vols. 1 and 2.​

Russian 101, 102: Intensive Intermediate Russian (Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid) Remote only in Summer 2022

A complete second-year Russian course emphasizing intermediate-level oral and written skills. Vocabulary study of up to 2,500 words, systematic grammar review, readings of expository and artistic prose of medium difficulty. Most aspects of the course are in Russian. This course covers a full academic year of coursework. During the academic year this course meets seven hours per week. Textbooks used are Russian Stage Two: Welcome Back!

Russian 201, 202: Intensive Advanced Russian (Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High) Remote only in Summer 2022

Intensive practice in oral and written expression based on literary and non-literary texts of Modern Standard Russian. Emphasis is particularly on oral development. Almost all aspects of the course are in Russian. This course covers a full academic year of coursework. During the academic year this course meets five hours per week. Textbooks used are determined by instructor.

Russian 305, 306: Russian Stylistics and Syntax (Intermediate High to Advanced Low) Not offered in Summer 2022

The course addresses topics in contemporary Russian society and culture at the advanced level of proficiency. A significant part of the course will be devoted to the study of style and syntax.also at the advanced level. The emphasis, therefore, will be on developing effective strategies for oral and written communication in various linguistic and cultural contexts. Textbooks used are determined by instructor.