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