May 14-June 13 2019
The College of St. Scholastica, the only private college in northeastern Minnesota, has sponsored study abroad programs for many years. 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the intensive Russian language program held at Petrozavodsk State University in Petrozavodsk, Duluth's sister city in Russia. The program is co-sponsored by Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington.
Petrozavodsk State University has a strong foreign language program with instructors specially trained in second language acquisition. In addition to academic work, they organize numerous outings and field trips during the exchange.
Students in this program have a homestay with students from Petrozavodsk State University, providing a great opportunity to meet and interact with Russian students who are eager to make friends with their American peers. Contact with Russian speakers outside the classroom plays as important a role in language training as formal coursework. American students are encouraged to spend most of their time with Russian speakers - not with other Americans.
Petrozavodsk, some 240 miles northeast of St. Petersburg, is the capital of the Karelian Republic and an ideal spot for summer language study. It is located on the shore of Lake Onega at the edge of a wilderness of incomparable beauty. The people are extremely friendly and hospitable to Americans, and have especially close ties to their sister city, Duluth, Minnesota.
With a population of 280,000, Petrozavodsk supports a variety of restaurants, shops, theatres, museums and other cultural amenities to add richness to one's stay. On the other hand, students are not likely to encounter as many people who want to practice English as they might in the larger Russian metropolises of Moscow and St. Petersburg, enabling fuller immersion in the target language.