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The application deadline for the current program is To be determined for 2021. The program dates: June - August. Dartmouth students have the unique opportunity to study Russian language and culture in the beautiful and historic city of St. Petersburg, some 400 miles northwest of Moscow, and can enjoy the intense cultural life for which St. Petersburg is renowned. For more information, please visit the Off-Campus Programs Website.
Nearly all Russian majors (and many non-majors as well) spend a term in Russia on the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program. Students study Russian language and culture in the beautiful and historic city of St. Petersburg, some 400 miles northwest of Moscow, and can enjoy the intense cultural life for which St. Petersburg is renowned. Dartmouth's program, established some thirty years ago, is designed for students, both majors and non-majors, who have had at least one year (three terms) of Russian. Many students participate in the program during the summer of their sophomore year, while others may do so later in their academic career.
The courses in phonetics, grammar, conversation, and literature, which meet four hours a day, are supplemented by lectures on various aspects of Russian art, literature, and society. Students are encouraged to participate fully in the rich cultural life of the city: concerts, plays, films, operas and ballet are available on any given night.
Opportunities abound to explore the many historical landmarks of this sublimely beautiful city: the palaces of the tsars, the scenes of the revolution, the Hermitage Museum. Almost every street and building of St. Petersburg has been immortalized by such masters of nineteenth-century Russian literature as Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy, all of whom drew inspiration from the city. The same can be said of such twentieth-century figures as Mandelstam, Akhmatova, Solzhenitsyn, Nabokov, Shostakovich, and Brodsky. Apart from the many excursions organized within the city and its environs, the group has weekend trips to such ancient Russian cities as Novgorod and Pskov. Also included are extended trips to Moscow, capital of Russia, and Tallinn, capital of Estonia. By the end of the program, participants will not only have markedly increased their command of the Russian language but will also have acquired new insights into the nature of a society radically different from their own.
To be eligible for the program, students need to complete RUSS 3 with a grade no lower than B-. It is recommended that students take one or more of the following courses: RUSS 10, RUSS 11, RUSS 13, RUSS 19, RUSS 31 or HIST 54. Applications are due in February. Successful completion of the St. Petersburg program will serve in satisfaction of the Summer Residence Requirement (even when taken in the summer following the first year or third year). To learn more about opportunities to study in other countries include both the Language Study Abroad, Advanced Language Study Abroad (LSA+) and Foreign Study Programs, contact:
Office of Off-Campus Programs
44 North College Street, Suite 6102
Hanover, NH 03755