Middlebury School in Russia: Irkutsk

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Program Description

Linguistic development and cultural understanding are at the core of the Middlebury Schools Abroad, and students have many opportunities for immersion, from coursework entirely in Russian to housing with local families; from internships and volunteer work to activities among the student body of Irkutsk State University. Students who have completed four semesters of Russian language training are invited to participate in the program under the Middlebury Language Pledge.

Our goal is to provide an enriching academic experience and to give students the best chance of actively engaging in their new environment. Given its location in Eastern Siberia, Irkutsk has been greatly influenced by nearby China and Mongolia. Known as the Pearl of Siberia, Irkutsk is a cultural center with spectacular natural attributes whose winters are among the sunniest of any major city in Russia. The life and history of the city are closely tied to Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest freshwater lake. It is full of quirky cafes, ethnic restaurants, classical theaters, and plentiful social and cultural outlets.

Students take a combination of the following types of courses:
1. Credit-bearing internships
2. Direct enrollment alongside Russian students at Irkutsk State University
3. Middlebury-organized core courses in Russian civilization, culture and language plus one spetskurs


All course work is conducted entirely in Russian
Students adhere to the Middlebury College Language Pledge
Local professors teach a set of four core courses for program participants in Russian civilization, culture and language plus one spetskurs
Qualified students direct enroll alongside Russian students at Irkutsk State University
Mainstream courses in most liberal arts disciplines
Housing with Russian families
Internships available in many fields
One group trip per semester
Co-curricular activities

What`s Included

Semester tuition, orientation, cultural activities, insurance, excursions and/or limited cultural reimbursements


Biology, Business Admin. & Management, Chemistry, Chinese Language, Computer Science / IT, Culture, Economics, English Literature, European Studies (includes Politics), Foreign Language, French, Geography, Geology, German, History, Intensive Language, International Relations, Japanese, Journalism / Broadcasting, Languages / Linguistics, Mathematics, Neuroscience and Behavior, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science/Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian & Slavic Studies, Russian Language and Literature, Russian and East European Studies, Sociology

Program Locations

Irkutsk, Russia

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Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad
  • Russia: Irkutsk
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