If there is one thing that remains constant in Russia, it is rapid change. The mental snapshots that students take home from Russia are very different from those they bring with them. Language learning happens in the classroom. Cultural insight happens in places like the home, theater, recital hall, cafeteria, and supermarket.
Yaroslavl, celebrating its millennium anniversary in 2010, has an unmistakable feeling of tradition and history, and its Kremlin walls give this city of 650,000 residents the feel of a small town. Onion-domed churches are at the end of seemingly every street, and its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Russia's first professional theater company was founded here, and its school of icon and fresco painting competed with the Novgorod and Pskov schools. Yaroslavl's vibrant social life gives it a youthful, energetic feel that blends well with its traditional customs.
Founded in 1908, Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University (YGPU) is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Russia. In addition to twelve regular departments, the university maintains an institute of teacher training, a center for Russian language testing of foreign students, an astronomy society, university museum and botanical gardens.
The School in Russia program at YGPU is coordinated through the Department of International Relations. Instructors at the School in Russia program come from the Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University, as well from other institutions of higher education in the city.
Further information about Middlebury in Russia: Yaroslavl specific to Wheaton College students
Wheaton College is committed to providing students with opportunities to broaden their understanding and vision beyond the borders of this campus and this country. We work in collaboration with carefully selected partner institutions around the world to support our students as they prepare to study abroad and while they are overseas. Students must apply to Wheaton's Center for Global Education as well as the institution through which they plan to study abroad. The most up-to-date information can be found on the program provider's website above.
Intermediate students are encouraged to go to Yaroslavl, where integration and immersion is easier. Four semesters of college-level Russian are required. Evaluation of applicants’ language skills is an important part of the application process. GPA: 3.0 in Russian Language and Studies.
Courses & Credits:
Students must enroll in five courses, totaling 15 to 16 semester hours of credit, and will earn 4.0 Wheaton credits. All courses are taught in Russian.
Housing & Meals:
Students stay with Russian home stay families and receive partial board (2 meals per weekday and 3 on weekends.)
Click here for the Middlebury in Russia budget worksheet!
(Estimated personal expenses are available on the Middlebury website)
Other Items to Note:
- All students accepted to a study abroad program will be assessed a $500 non-refundable confirmation fee at the time of final confirmation of study abroad participation.
- Students are not charged the technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program.
- Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December).
For Wheaton specific questions contact:
Center for Global Education
5 Howard Street
Norton, MA 02766-2322