- What is Smolny?
- Life in St. Petersburg
- Summer Language Intensive
- Dates & Costs
The Bard-Smolny Summer Language Intensive (SLI) provides challenging courses for students who have completed between two and six semesters of college-level Russian or its equivalent.* Students can choose to enroll for four or eight weeks; the four-week program focuses on solidifying language concepts already covered while improving language skills, and the eight-week program is the equivalent of one year of Russian at a North American institution and covers text such as V Puti, Grammatika V Kontekste, and Advanced Russian through History. Students' Russian level will be measured with a short assessment administered at the time of application.
The SLI is intensive, with twenty-two hours of class per week, daily quizzes and written assignments, and weekly tests. Class sizes are small (typically 8-10 students) with coursework that emphasizes vocabulary acquisition, grammar comprehension, reading improvement, and writing achievement, as well as verbal and aural precision. Language is taught in conjunction with our cultural program, which integrates academic experience with a feel for the city of St. Petersburg.
Coursework for upper-level students includes a thematic workshop that focuses on language learning through content-specific instruction. Past workshops have included Russian politics, literature, and art history.
Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a transcript from Bard College. Students earn four credits in the four-week program and eight credits in the eight-week program. Please check with your home institution prior to enrolling in the program in order to ensure that credits issues from Bard for SLI will transfer.
*Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate heritage speakers or students with advanced language skills (7+ semesters of college-level Russian).
The Bard-Smolny Summer Language Intensive (SLI) strives to provide participants with a total immersion experience:
|9:00 a.m.||Breakfast at home; travel to Smolny|
|10:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.||Classes|
|1:20 - 2:00 p.m.||"Russian Table" lunch with instructors )|
|2:00 - 3:00 p.m.||Homework sessions (optional)|
|3:30 - 4:30 p.m.||Group cultural excursion or extra-curricular activity (optional)|
|6:30 p.m.||Dinner with host family|
2014 Program Dates
|June 12||Depart JFK on group flight|
|June 13||Arrival in St. Petersburg|
|June 14||Orientation; move into host families|
|June 16||Russian language classes begin|
|July 13||Departure for four-week students|
|August 10||Departure for eight-week students|
The program fee will depend on whether you enroll in the 4- or 8-week program and will vary from year to year. Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the program.Scholarships
The 2014 SLI application deadline is March 01, 2014. The 2014 application is currently available online.