Russian Programs

Intensive Beginning Russian

Location: Boston, MA

Dates: May – June 2016 (6 weeks)

This course is a superintensive 8-credit program in Russian, equivalent to two semesters of first-year college Russian. It is for those with no prior experience in the language. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of Russian grammar, writing and pronunciation, and Russian culture. By the end of just six weeks students will be able to talk about themselves and their family and friends, seek information about others, and describe objects and locations orally and in writing.  Students will also be introduced to important elements of Russian culture that will help them navigate a variety of social contexts successfully.

The compact nature of this course generally makes it possible for students to fulfill LDAC, field training or cruise obligations in the same summer. Talk to your CO.

Intermediate or Advanced Russian

Location: Narva, Estonia (on the Estonia-Russia border)

Dates: Mid-June to mid-August (8 weeks)

This intensive eight-week second or third -year language course will take place in Narva, Estonia (since the Dept. of Defense currently requires all ROTC programs to be moved outside of Russia proper). Narva, located on Estonia’s border with Russia, is a Russian-speaking city with a sizable Russian population. Course objectives are to develop an active vocabulary in practical, everyday topics, particularly those topics which will prepare students for military service related to the Russian-speaking world; to refine writing skills; and to begin reading some of the Russian literature that plays a huge role in Russian cultural consciousness today. This course is managed by the University of Pittsburgh, which has an outstanding reputation for its Russian programs both domestically and abroad. Applicants to Project GO-BU will join Pitt students in Narva but all their expenses will be funded by BU, while successful applicants through Pitt’s own Project GO program will be funded by Pitt. Students should not apply through both schools, but choose one.

Why study Russian?

  • See this website!
  • The uncertain future of Russian-American relations and the challenges that this presents.
  • The unlimited commercial opportunities emerging from the expanding Russian economy. All the Western firms which now do business in Russia as well as the newly established Russian firms which do business with the West (and indeed with everyone) have created numerous job opportunities for those with multiple language skills.
  • The numerous job opportunities in such government bodies as the State Department, the Commerce Department, the Justice Department, and the various defense and intelligence agencies.
  • The applicability of Russian to the development of information technology.
  • The greatness of Russian literature both in a national and a comparative context. The opportunity to experience the prose of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov or the poetry of Pushkin, Tiutchev, Mandelshtam or Tsvetaeva in their original language. A comparative study of, say, the novel or of modern theatre is inconceivable without attention to the Russian novel or to Chekhov’s plays respectively.
  • The Russian legacy in all the arts: music, ballet, painting and architecture. The chance to study Russian music, ballet or art and architecture on locale in Russia.
  • Russian culture’s evolving self-definition regarding its connectedness to East and West.
  • The geographical vastness and continuing strategic importance of Russia from the days of tsarism and the Romanovs thru the Soviet Union of Stalin and Khruschev to the present Russian Federation of Putin.
  • Two facts: Russian is the eighth most widely spoken native language on the planet (145 million first speakers). In addition, a staggering 110 million people speak Russian as a second language.

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