The Bard-Smolny Summer Language Intensive (SLI) provides challenging courses for students who have completed between two and six semesters of college-level Russian or its equivalent. Students can choose to enroll for four or eight weeks; the four-week program focuses on solidifying language concepts already covered while improving language skills, and the eight-week program is the equivalent of one year of Russian at a North American institution and covers text such as V Puti: Russian Grammar in Context and materials developed by Russian as a Second Language faculty. Students' Russian level will be measured with a short assessment administered at the time of application.
The SLI is intensive, with 22 hours of class per week, daily quizzes and written assignments, and weekly tests. Class sizes are small (typically 8 to 10 students) with course work that emphasizes vocabulary acquisition, grammar comprehension, reading improvement, and writing achievement, as well as verbal and aural precision. Language is taught in conjunction with our cultural program, which integrates academic experience with a feel for the city of St. Petersburg. Course work for upper-level students includes a thematic workshop that focuses on language learning through content-specific instruction, such as Russian history and literature.
The AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program offers intellectually adventurous students a unique opportunity to study side by side, in English, with peers from 25 different countries at the region's most prestigious university.
Students interested in Central Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, or Russian and Central Asian languages will find the Bard Abroad in Bishkek program provides an exciting and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that develops students' skills and cultural aptitude; both of which will foster sensitivity to the region's rich traditions, as well as an adaptability to its democratic development.
LAB is for students who specifically choose to study abroad in Berlin because they wish to:
-Experience a historic and living world stage for Literature, Philosophy, Public Policy, Social Thought, Urban planning, Art, Theater, and Film;
-Get socially or politically involved within a structured engagement program that complements their academics;
-Seek meaningful cross disciplinary connections and multiple points of view.