Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Irkutsk

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Designed for students at an either an intermediate or advanced level of Russian, the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in Russia offers students a broad range of academic and cultural immersion in one of three distinct Russian Cities. Unlike many Ameri... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.2
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I gained an amazing cultural experiences and enhanced my language skills. It was definitely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 07, 2020 Worth It
I think the language and culture component was the best - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I built a relationship with a very old woman who i love. and i spoke a ton of russian. and i learned to survive in a place that is nothing like my home. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Irkutsk
I learned how to challenge myself in every way possible. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes, inarguably. My Russian is acceptable and I'm mainly free from worry. - Oberlin College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about Baikal and discovered a liking for writing in Russian. - Monterey Institute of International Studies View Entire Review
February 17, 2020 Solidly Ok
I learned so much about language and culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
My level of Russian grew an amazing amount - if you want to speak Russian at a high level Irkutsk is great because no one knows English. It was definitely a hard place to live due to the lower socio-economic level of most people, but an extremely worthwhile experience overall. - Brown University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Irkutsk
August 03, 2019 Adventures In Irkutsk!
I learned a lot of Russian, which was my main goal. I also got to know another culture and heard a different perspective on history and world events than I had ever heard before. Yes, it was 100% worthwhile! - Kenyon College View Entire Review
It was incredibly worthwhile, but the program in Irkutsk is best suited to a specific kind of person, and I don't think that aspect of it was particularly well advertised - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Language Skills improved, had a lot of time in the culture, not many other international students - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Designed for students at an either an intermediate or advanced level of Russian, the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in Russia offers students a broad range of academic and cultural immersion in one of three distinct Russian Cities. Unlike many American programs in Russia, in which students are segregated from regular university and community life, our programs in Irkutsk, Moscow, and Yaroslavl have been carefully designed to encourage linguistic and cultural integration. Through a flexible and demanding academic program, and with a variety of local contacts outside of the university, we strive to allow students maximum independence in their academic and social lives. In addition to improved Russian language ability, this level of independence allows students to develop practical survival skills for later work or study in the country.

Irkutsk, is a regional 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, known as the Pearl of Siberia, the world’s deepest fresh-water lake. Endemic species, accounting for 80% of the life found in or on the lake, thrive in Lake Baikal.  Students can learn about the lake’s ecology while simultane­ously benefiting from the region’s recreational opportunities. The city of 600,000 is host to multiple universities and is full of students who are active in all walks of Russian cultural life.  Irkutsk boasts several theaters and museums, and the plentiful social and cultural outlets should assuage any fears about Siberian isolation. Past students have taken advantage of Irkutsk's proximity to Mongolia and China, as well as to the Russian Far East, for travel during vacations or after the conclusion of the academic program.

Students take courses at the Middlebury center in Russian language, literature, culture, politics, and history, with particular focus on regional Siberian studies, while Irkutsk State University, Middlebury's host institution, offers mainstream courses in biology, geography, and geology that focus on Lake Baikal, in addition to a full range of liberal arts disciplines.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Russian
Language Requirement(s):
  • Russian
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • History
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Russian, Central and East European Studies
  • Russian Language, Literature
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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