The 2011 Dartmouth Russian LSA+ program took place from June 15th to August 11th. Participants attended classes in Russian language and culture at St. Petersburg State University's Smolny Institute. Conversation, grammar and phonetics were the core classes. Russian newspaper reading and music provided cultural enrichment. Written work on the program counted for credit as Russian 22, and spoken work counted as Russian 23. Professor Mikhail Gronas of the Dartmouth Russian Department taught a culture course, Russian 21, and served as the faculty director. With the exception of Russian 21, participants were in classes with students from other American universities, grouped on arrival by language proficiency.
Edward Jerrmann, Pictures from St. Petersburg, translated by Frederick Hardman (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1852), p. 9.
CIEE, which operated the program, arranged homestays in the city. Participants commuted to Smolny using public transportation, including the city subway and marshrutki, Russian minibuses. More information on St. Petersburg can be found on the About St. Petersburg page.
Several organized excursions were taken outside of St. Petersburg on weekends. Pavlovsk Palace and Peterhof, once homes to the Russian tsars, were daytrips. A riverboat cruise across Lake Ladoga, the source of Petersburg's Neva River, to a functioning Orthodox Monastery on the Island of Valaam and a trip to Moscow were multiday excursions. The Photo Gallery on this website shows some of the experiences participants had in these and other places.
Participants in the program represented three Dartmouth class years, majors in departments other than Russian and undeclared students who had completed the introductory Russian sequence during the spring term. Their comments and advice to students considering the program can be found on the Participant Responses page.