Students accepted into the Letniaia shkola will study Russian language and culture in an immersion experience. You will live in dorms with your classmates, eat meals together, attend classes in the morning, and engage in cultural and extracurricular activities in the evenings. On select weekends, students will participate in fieldtrips to Russian cultural locales around Pittsburgh. All the while, you’ll be practicing your Russian!
The Pitt STARTALK Russian language program is open to students from Pittsburgh Brashear, Pritzker College Prep, Noble Street College Prep, as well as students at other US high schools. While lessons are interactive, hands-on and fun, they are also serious study, and very intense.
This program is cost-free for accepted students. Tuition, housing, meals, and all academic materials are covered by the program.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: The deadline to apply for the Summer 2019 STARTALK program will be announced upon confirmation of federal grant funding (anticipated in winter 2019). View the 2018 application here.
View a video by Claremont McKenna College featuring Taylor Jackson, from Pitt STARTALK 2016. Taylor mentions her study of Russian and participation in the Pitt program as features that she believes distinguished her application!