Intensive University Academic Program

The Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad, Russia is a forward-thinking, innovative educational institution that is reaching out to colleges and universities around the world for academic and research exchanges as well as collaboration in international events and programs. The University has an established summer Russian language program and often hosts students from countries such as Germany, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. The program’s language courses will be taught by the same Russian language professors of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, but with a syllabus specifically designed for English language speakers.

Program participants will have four hours of Russian language instruction every weekday at the Russian Language Center at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, covering phonetics, grammar, conversational practice, and culture.  All classes will be conducted entirely in Russian.  Upon successful completion of the courses, each student will receive an official transcript from Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University.

Mount Holyoke students who enroll in this program and successfully complete (grade of B- or better) the coursework will receive up to 4 credits upon submitting an official transcript from Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University.  These credits count against the maximum of 8 summer school credits that students may use toward the Mount Holyoke degree.  Students from other colleges should consult their Registrar about credit transfer.

In addition to the formal academic coursework, participants will be assigned to a language peer tutor for a Russian-English language exchange.  The peer tutors are Russian students selected from the university’s Department of English who will provide conversation practice and cultural exposure. Program participants will also reciprocate by offering English conversation practice to the peer tutors.  

Sample Course Syllabi

High Beginner Level       Intermediate Level

Russian Language faculty - Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

Anzhelika Ostapenko, Associate Professor
Department of Politics, Social Technology, and Mass Communications

Professor Ostapenko has taught all levels of the Russian language, as well as courses such as Russian Language and Culture of Speech, Oral Communication, Business Communication in Russian and Methods of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language. Professor Ostapenko is the Associate Director of the Russian Language Center, Baltic Federal University, and directs the language proficiency testing program in the Center. She has more than 20 publications in the Russian and foreign journals in the area of Russian language teaching methodology, lexicology, stylistics, and teaching language and culture.

Irina Lukyanenko, Associate Professor
Department of Slavic and Russian Philology

Professor Lukyanenko has taught Russian language courses, as well as other courses such as Methods of Russian Language Teaching, Modern Russian Language and Introduction to Linguistics. She has more than 30 publications in Russian and foreign professional journals on methods of Russian language instruction.

Olga Vertinskaya, Associate Professor
Department of Slavic and Russian Philology

Professor Vertinskaya has taught Russian language courses, as well as other courses such as Modern Russian Lexicology, Modern Russian Language Syntax, Methods in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language and Social Linguistics. She has more than 20 publications on the problems of stylistics in works of fiction.