Pitt STARTALK “We're Off to Russia!” is an intensive five-week-long Russian summer school for high school students that is administered by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) and takes place in June and July. Up to twenty-four students from five partnering high schools that offer academic year Russian language programs (Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Penn Trafford High School, Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, Pritzker College Prep, and Noble Academy) along with students from other U.S. high schools can participate in our Russian language and culture program. The curriculum, which is based on the theme “We’re Off to Russia!” will prepare participants for a study-abroad program in Russia. Besides performance-based instruction that targets the acquisition of speaking, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in Russian, high school students will also have a chance to explore Russian culture through a variety of online cultural activites..
Requirements and eligibility
High school students (grades 10-12 in Fall 2021) from our partnering schools and other US schools, who have no prior experience in Russian or who have taken one or two semesters of Russian in their high schools, are eligible to apply. All STARTALK participants are required to participate in all language classes and cultural activities.
June 21 - July 23, 2021
The Pitt Russian STARTALK program is free of charge to accepted students.