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1st-Year Russian

Participants in First-Year Russian learn to understand and speak Russian at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level. Participants who complete the course successfully will be able to navigate in an Russian-speaking environment, engage comfortably in day-to-day exchanges, and participate in simple social exchanges in Russian. They will have a solid foundation for further study or for interacting effectively in Russia or a Russian-speaking community.

Participants study 5 hours a day, Monday-Thursday, and 3 hours on Friday, and earn 8 undergraduate credits or 6 graduate credits of First-Year Russian.

All courses are contingent upon enrollment and funding.

Participants supplement their classroom instruction by participating in the Workshop's extensive program of events, presentations, and activities. Some activities are conducted in English and some in the language of study. Here are some highlights from previous years:

  • Balalaika Workshop and Performance
    Tetiana Khomenko, International Soloist, member of the Kyiv Music Institute Orchestra
  • Russian Radio Show
    Presented weekly by students
  • From Washington to Warsaw: US Policy Toward Central and Eastern Europe
    Lee A. Feinstein, Dean for the School of Global and International Studies
  • Russia, the West and the New Security Stakes in Ukraine
    Ambassador Ian C. Kelly, former U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Russian and Chinese Presence in Contemporary Mongolia: If it wasn’t for China, we would disregard Russia
    Marina Saidukova
  • Putin’s Olympics: The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia
    Sufian Zhemukhov, The George Washington University
  • Bad Hombres: Performing Masculinity in Contemporary Russian and Mexican Pop Cultures
    Dr. Thomas Garza, University of Texas at Austin
  • Принято: Russian Language Training at the NASA Johnson Space Center Or, How I Came to Love the ФГБ
    Tony Vanchu, Ph.D., TechTrans International, Inc.
  • State Department Info Session & Coffee Hour
    Michael McClellan, Recruitment and Outreach Officer in residence at Western Kentucky University
  • CIA Info Session & Coffee Hour
    Including recruiters from the Directorate of Operations and Directorate of Support
  • Finding and Applying for an International Award Workshop
    Paul Fogleman, Associate Director, Undergraduate Scholars Office for Competitive Awards, Research and Engagement, Indiana University

May 29 - July 27, 2018

The summer program consists of two 4.5-week courses, with participants receiving grades for each. No classes will meet on July 4.

Graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals from all over the United States, as well as from other countries, participate in the Summer Language Workshop. The staff will work with international graduate students to help arrange necessary visa support.

Contact us if you have questions about your eligibility.

Single-room housing in Willkie Quadrangle is available to Workshop participants at an estimated rate of $30.70 per day. Participants studying the same language live in adjacent units and share a kitchen and lounge. Housing details will be included in the admissions packet for successful applicants.

Participants may elect to live in a Russian language dorm. Participants are not required to stay in the dorm and may make their own housing arrangements if they prefer.

Indiana University offers summer meal plans, but Workshop participants are not required to purchase them and may opt to cook in the dormitory or to make their own arrangements.

There is a $200 non-refundable housing application fee. This fee may be waived or reduced for current IU students who live in RPS residence halls during the academic year.


All Workshop participants pay in-state tuition.

Credit Hours Estimated Cost per Credit Hour (based on 2017 rates) Fees Total
Undergraduate 8 $285 $650 $2930
Graduate 6 $365 $650 $2840

These rates are estimates. 2018 rates will be posted here as soon as they are published.


Workshop Application Fee: None. The Workshop has no application fee.

Workshop Fee: $150 (non refundable; charged after enrollment)

Indiana University Fees: Varies by credit hours.
All participants pay miscellaneous fees (technology, health, activity, etc.) set by the university. For a full list of associated fees, see Student Central. (Please note that the health service provides discounts at the Health Center, but does not provide health insurance.)

International Participants: $65 application fee through the Office of International Services.

On-Campus Housing: Participants staying in IU housing pay a $200 non-refundable housing application fee. This fee may be waived or reduced for current IU students who live in RPS residence halls during the academic year.

All fees are subject to change. Please refer to the IU Office of the Bursar Rates and Policies for official tuition and fee information.

Project GO (ROTC) Scholarships

IU Project GO Scholarships fully funds Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Option ROTC students for domestic study in the Summer Language Workshop. The deadline for application is February 20, 2018. Find out more and apply at the Project GO website.

RSW Summer Russian Study Fellowship

The Russian Studies Workshop Summer Russian Study Fellowships fund the study of Russian at any level for students who will enter a PhD program in a social science in fall 2017, spring 2018, or fall 2018. For more information, contact

Friends of the Workshop Scholarship

Funded through generous donations of alumni and supporters of the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop, the "Friends" scholarship funds participants in any Workshop course. The scholarships are open to any participant who is not eligible for another Workshop scholarship or fellowship. Review eligibility requirements and apply via the online application.

Summer Research Laboratory

Applicants to the Summer Language Workshop are also encouraged to consider a short-term research visit to the Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign upon the conclusion of their chosen language course. Funding is available.

Title VIII Portable Fellowships

The Department of State Title VIII Portable Fellowships of up to $6,000 are available to support U.S. graduate students, area specialists, and scholars studying the languages and cultures of Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union in overseas programs at levels higher than those offered in the Summer Language Workshop’s 2018 domestic program. Title VIII applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Apply for Title VIII Portable funding by February 2, 2018 for priority consideration.