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University of Wisconsin-Madison: Russian (Domestic)

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dates of Program: 
June 14, 2021
August 6, 2021



Program Type: 
Summer Domestic
Program Level: 
Year 1
Year 2
Classroom/Study Hours: 
Year 1 Year 2
Credits offered88
Number of Classroom Hours per week2020
Number of Self-Study/Homework Hours per week15 - 2515 - 25
Number of Hours With a Language Partner per week2 - 82 - 8
Number of Hours of Other Activities per week2 - 42 - 4

Year 1 (Elementary): START: The Sound and Writing Systems of Russian by Ben Rifkin; Russian Stage One: Live from Russia Volume 1 and 2, 2nd edition by Maria Lekic, Dan Davidson and Kira Gor (textbook, workbook, CD and DVD)

Year 2 (Intermediate): V Puti: Russian Grammar in Context, 2nd edition by Kagan Miller and Kudyma (textbook, student actiivities manual); A Reference Grammar for V Puti by Gasperetti; Russian-English/English-Russian Dictionary



Program Details: 

One of four Russian Flagship Programs in the country, UW-Madison offers first and second year Russian over the course of 8 weeks. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 8:50 am-10:45 am and 12:05 pm-2:10 pm. This is an intensive Russian language program -- expect to study and learn more Russian than you thought you were capable of.  On-campus housing is offered and highly encouraged.  Madison is a bike and bus friendly city with many area activities to offer.

More information can be found at:

All Project GO programs provide funding for:

  • Tuition/fees
  • Room and Board
  • Travel to/from study location
  • Books
  • Insurance
  • Visa

The following costs will not be included in Project GO Funding: personal spending money, personal travel, costs for obtaining a passport, medication, and expenses for dependents.

Please Note: Project GO participants planning to travel abroad MUST have a valid U.S. passport in their possession no later than 90 days before anticipated travel date. Many destinations require student visas, which take additional processing time. For further information, visit our FAQs.

Additional Details: 

There are no language prerequisites for first year Russian. Year 2 Russian students should have 2 semesters of language study or the equivalent. Students with prior experience in Russian will be required to take an oral proficiency interview.

Both levels of Russian are intensive and worth 8 college credits, covering two semesters of language study in one summer and focusing on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. By the end of the course, students should be proficient enough at speaking, listening, and reading to achieve ILR 1 or ILR 1+ depending on retention and prior language experience.

UW-Madison is one of a handful of national institutions to host the Russian Flagship Program. Students can expect exceptional instruction and support, with the expectation they will dedicate serious time and effort towards the intensive language program. UW-Madison is a great environment for summer study however, providing Memorial Union on Mendota Lake as one of several inspiring places for evening study or language conversation tables. The Madison area offers several weekend activities such as farmers' markets, summer festivals, and outside activities to enjoy while taking a break from studying Russian.

Application Deadline: 
February 17, 2021
Separate application?: 
No, a separate application is not needed.
How to Apply: 

Students interested in this program must complete the Project GO common application and select the UW-Madison Russian language offering and anticipated language level (Year 1 or 2). There is no additional application. Once awarded, students will be given directions on how to enroll as UW-Madison Special Students in order to access the desired summer Russian language course.

For more information, please contact Project GO at UW-Madison staff at or at 608-263-3724.

Program Images: 
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