Middlebury School in Russia: Yaroslavl

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The Middlebury program in Yaroslavl offers cultural and linguistic immersion through a rigorous curriculum and adherence to the Middlebury Language Pledge. By pledging to speak only Russian while abroad, students will have the best chance of acquiring fluency and actively engaging in the local environment. School in Russia students primarily take their classes together. Conducted in Russian by local university professors, they include Russian civilization, culture and language. The spetskursy, or content seminars, feature topics relating to Russian history, politics, or literature. Additionally, Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University, Middlebury's host institution, offers an institute of teacher training, a center for Russian language testing of foreign students, an astronomy society, university museum and botanical gardens. All students are encouraged to get involved in the community through internships or interactions within the clubs and activities available.

  • All course work is conducted entirely in Russian
  • Students adhere to the Middlebury College Language Pledge
  • Courses at program center and at Yaroslavl Pedagogical Institute
  • Housing with Russian families
  • Internships available in many fields

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Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent program

I went on the Yaroslavl study abroad with Middlebury to complete education requirements. This is an excellent program. The class offerings are diverse. Yaroslavl is a safe city and a short train ride to both Moscow and St. Petersburg. The teachers really help you succeed and learn. And Yaroslavl is a beautiful place with a hopping social scene. Anna, the coordinator for the Yaroslavl program, is very helpful. She's strict about enforcing the language pledge, but she's fair and will go out of her way to help students with problems they may encounter. We went on excursions out of Yaroslavl, met some interesting people, and saw some cool things. I've had a number of friends who went on various study abroad programs and we have all agreed that this one is the best out of all the ones we have been on.

What would you improve about this program?
The housing. The people I stayed with weren't all that great. But I also know that the other homestays were better. Mine was an anomaly.