Russian International Summer School (RISS)
The dates for the 2016 RISS program are:
June 13 - August 7
The deadline to apply is:
The Russian International Summer School in is a one-of-a-kind summer program which gives international students a unique opportunity to improve their language skills and gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Russia.
Recent developments in global affairs have reaffirmed the importance of Russia and the need for creating a new generation of scholars and analysts who understand this complex country. By learning Russian and taking advantage of the opportunity to explore Moscow, meet Russians, work as interns in various companies and organizations the students can gain deeper insight into Russian culture, history, politics, and economics. RISS students will emerge with valuable credentials for future careers in international business, academia, think-tanks, and international organizations.
The dates for the 2016 RISS program are June 13 - August 7. Students are recommended to arrive 2 days prior to the program starting date, to be met at the airport in Moscow and taken to the Residence Hall on campus, where they will stay for the duration of the program.
At the end of the program students will receive a certificate confirming their completion of a 120-hour Russian-language course. Those requiring additional course hours may prolong their program for an additional price of $200 per 16 hours of instruction (one week).
Students will also be required to take an online placement test, prior to arriving to the program.
120-hour Russian Language Course is available on 3 levels:
Elementary designed for students without any knowledge of Russian.
Intermediate designed for students who have completed one or two years of Russian in college and are looking to develop proficiency in conversation. Intermediate students may be divided into sub-groups, depending on their placement test results.
Advanced designed for students focused on business/professional Russian and aims to refine their language and achieve fluency.
Lecture series (in English) on contemporary Russian history, economy, and foreign policy are read by Russia's leading experts and active government officials.
Students who finish RISS with distinction will be offered a grant to enroll in one of RANEPA's international master's programs.
Those interested in academic internships (available only to students with intermediate or advanced Russian), will be able to request placement in Moscow. Below is a list of companies/organizations where RISS students have undergone internships in the past.
- Central Children's Hospital
- Center for Creative Industries (CCI)
- Element (newspaper)
- European Sports Clinic
- Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy
- Garage Art Gallery
- Institute of Economy in Transition (think-tank)
- Kaspersky Lab
- Kidsave International
- Maria's Children (charity)
- Moscow State University Choir
- Moscow Rowing Club
- Gulag Museum
- PIR-Center for Political Studies (think-tank)
- Rugby Student Team
- Russia Today (TV channel)
- Slavic Center for Law and Justice (law firm)
- SOVA Center for Information and Analysis
- The Cultural Fund "Yekaterina"
- The Institute for European Studies (think-tank)
- The Moscow Times (newspaper)
- WCIOM (Russian Public Opinion Research Center)