May 15 depart Minneapolis or Seattle for Russia
May 16-18 sightseeing in St. Petersburg
June 18 depart on train to Petrozavodsk
June 19 arrive Petrozavodsk, meet host families
May 20-June 8 coursework in Petrozavodsk
Intensive Language Classes, Excursions
June 9 Final Banquet
June 10 depart on night train to Moscow
June 11-13 sightseeing in Moscow
June 14 depart Moscow for US
*Itinerary subject to minor changes
Students tour Moscow and St. Petersburg, and participate in numerous outings in the region around Petrozavodsk, including the island of Kizhi. Through formal and informal meetings with their Russian peers, professors and representatives from the community, students may practice their Russian and gain a better understanding of Russian and Karelian culture and traditions. Early summer in Petrozavodsk offers many opportunities to attend athletic and cultural events.
Students are housed in private homes or apartments with students from Petrozavodsk State University and have lunch in a student cafeteria, providing them many opportunities for contact with their Russian counterparts. The American directors of the tour are on hand to assist with learning and living adjustments.