Pitt STARTALK “We're Off to Russia!” is an intensive four-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 on Pitt campus. 20 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 that is based on the theme “We’re Off to Russia!” will prepare participants for a study-abroad program in Russia. Besides performance-based instructions that target the acquisition of speaking, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in Russian, high school students will also have a chance to explore Russian culture around Pittsburgh, by visiting a Russian church, buying groceries in a Russian store, cooking Russian cuisine, learning Russian songs and poems, participating in Russian art and craft workshops, and meeting with the members of the local Russian community.
Requirements and eligibility
High school students (grades 10-12 in Fall 2019) 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, cultural activities, and field trips. Students are required to stay on campus for the duration of the program.
June 17, 2019 – July 12, 2019 | Students need to arrive on Pitt campus June 16, 2019
Pitt Russian STARTALK will cover the following expenses:
- Academic materials (including technology fees)
- Other program materials (including art and craft supplies)
- Housing in the university dorm
- Daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks)
- Cost of field trips and public transportation to/from field trips