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Latvia, Summer 2018

Russian Language and Literature

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Summer 2018

I) Summary

Location: Riga, Latvia

Dates: June 3 - June 30, 2018

Credits Offered: RUSS 201 (3 credits) and RUSS 25674 / 24674 (3 credits)

Application Deadline: March 22, 2018 Deadline extended to April 5, 2018!

Financial Aid: TAP, PELL, student loans

Scholarships: Chancellor’s Global Scholarship, Gilman

Program Fee: $1,955 (estimate) includes homestay housing, breakfast and dinner, excursions, airport pick up, and international health and travel insurance. TUITION and AIRFARE are NOT included in the program fee. All students are responsible for arriving at their study abroad location by the first day of the program; this may mean flying the day before.

Students should not purchase flights before the orientation session. Arrival and departure information will be discussed then, and details are subject to change.

Payment Schedule: $350 application fee and deposit is due with the application. $1,605 (program fee balance; estimate) is due April 24, 2018. Payments must be made with certified check or money order. NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS.

Students are responsible for meeting the payment deadline regardless of funding source, i.e. Macaulay Opportunities Fund, loans, or any other type of financial aid. Late fees will be applied to all delayed payments (see Education Abroad Application Instructions and Policies).

II) Program Description

The Division of Russian and Slavic Studies offers a new program in Riga, Latvia. The program consists of two courses: "The Baltic Transit: Russian Writers en route to the West" and Intermediate Russian 1. Both courses will be taught by Yasha Klots, Assistant Professor of Russian (Hunter). The program will be hosted be the Baltic Center for Educational and Academic Development, which will provide housing, classroom and excursions.

In Latvia, Russian language intermingles with the local vernaculars and is spoken widely in the streets, to a much greater extent than in the neighboring Baltic countries. Throughout Latvian recent history, Russian has always been not only a lingua franca, but also the language of a culture that prospered on Latvian territory, not excluding the years of Latvian independence (during the interwar period, and since 1991). Students will have unlimited opportunities to practice their conversational skills outside of the classroom and to experience Russian culture first-hand, since it has always informed the local cultural landscape.

Students will be housed with local families. The classroom learning will be complemented by excursions. The planned excursions will include a four-day trip to Lithuania, a two-day trip to Estonia and a day trip to Sigulda in Latvia. 


RUSS 201 (3 credits) has a prerequisite of two semesters of Russian (RUSS 101/102) or equivalent. Russian heritage speakers may be enrolled in the course upon taking a placement test prior to departure.

RUSS 25674 (3 credits) has no prerequisites. This course is taught in English and does not require any knowledge of Russian. However, heritage speakers and students with sufficient language skills have the option of getting 3 credits in RUSS 24674, which may be used towards fulfilling the Russian major requirement. Registering for it requires taking a language placement test prior to the start of the program and implies that most readings and final projects are carried out in Russian. Either course registration fulfills the "Diversity and Plurality" requirement.

Credits & Grades

Students in this program will receive both credits and letter grades. Grades will count toward their Hunter GPA.

III) Costs of Attendance

Tuition (6 credits, calculated at the undergraduate, in state rate) $1,710
Program Fee $1,955
Not included in Program Fee (estimates):
Airfare $900
Lunches $410
Local Transportation $65
Books $40
TOTAL US(estimate) $5,080

IV) Further Inquiries

Academic Inquiries
Faculty: Prof. Yakov Klots
Russian and Slavic Studies
Office: 1302 HW 
Phone: (212) 772-4960 (Department of Classical and Oriental Studies)

Administrative Inquiries
Education Abroad Office, Room E1447
Office Hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm Mon-Fri
Phone: (212) 772-4983
Fax: (212) 772-5005

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