Study Intensive Russian in Vladimir!
The American Home has proudly offered intensive Russian courses for foreigners for many years now. Our qualified and experienced instructors, Tanya Akimova and Nelli Mukhammadieva have many years of experience in teaching Russian to foreign students. Our students live with host families here in the ancient city of Vladimir, and can fully immerse themselves in both the Russian language and culture.
An exciting setting: Experience ancient Russia in modern-day Vladimir
The historic city of Vladimir is an ideal setting in which to become immersed in Russian culture. This 1,000+ year old city of more than 300,000 is located approximately 120 miles northeast of Moscow. Students are met at the airport in Moscow and driven past vast forests and fields, through villages and small towns to this former capitol of ancient Rus.
During your stay you will travel to the nearby picturesque town of Suzdal, in addition to touring the historic sights of Vladimir. These include the magnificent Assumption Cathedral and the Golden Gates, both of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will become intimately acquainted with the increasingly modern shops and outdoor markets, and visit your new Russian friends in their Soviet-era apartments.
Open May 1--August 30
Eight weeks (120 hours of formal lessons) - $5,645.00
At least three months prior to departure with a $500 deposit required.
"The American Home was not only instrumental to my success in Vladimir in a host of ways, but really is, and will always be a "home away from home" for me. I am so very grateful to everyone there who took an interest in me, my work, and family, and who made me so welcome. And I must especially thank Nelli and Tanya [Russian language teachers] for THEIR hard work. They managed to combine the exacting standards of true professionals with the sort of humanity and intelligence that made them a delight to learn from. I cannot recommend them highly enough to anyone who wants to study in an authentically Russian and timelessly beautiful place like Vladimir."
PhD in Russian History, 2009
"Two of our students who studied in Vladimir this past summer are in my upper-level literature seminar together with several Russian students. They can hold their own. Their comprehension is excellent. Sometimes they know words the native speakers do not know. They both praise their Vladimir teachers, and they clearly did learn a lot."
Russian at the American Home in Vladimir
Perhaps this is Serendipity's greatest gift--facilitating the process by which Americans can peer into another culture, however briefly, and come away with an alternately chilly and snug sense that people everywhere are similar, but also very different--and in ways that can be utterly pleasing and new.
want to thank you for that irreplaceable opportunity to intensify
my knowledge of the Russian language and to deepen my understanding
of contemporary trends in post-Communist Russia. Without the
auspices of the American Home none of these scholarly pursuits would
have been possible.
Dr. Nils H. Wessell, Professor of Government, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT 06320
"I have many wonderful memories after two consecutive summers of intensive language study at the American Home in Vladimir. It is impossible to completely convey just how rewarding this experience has been. On a practical level, my two summers in Vladimir have enabled me to complete the equivalent of two years of college Russian--and I have an advantage over most of the students in my current third year class when it comes to speaking Russian. In addition, while living in Vladimir you cannot miss the grand history and magnificent architecture that is located around every corner. At the American Home I have learned both the language and a great deal about the Russian way of life."
Peter York, University of Pittsburg
"I speak better Russian than 99% of the foreigners I know in Moscow. My decision to live in Vladimir is the best one I've ever made."
Matt Plischke, Miami University, Ohio
"The 3 1/2 months I spent in Vladimir were absolutely invaluable to me in understanding Russian language and culture. As a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, a qualified Military Language Instructor, and participant in four intensive language refresher courses, I feel that studying Russian through Serendipity vastly improved my language skills."
Staff Sergeant Christopher Higgins, Illinois State University
"Vladimir and the American Home are ideally situated. Here, you have all the advantages of Russian city life, with all the charm of the nearby dachas. The American Home really is the meeting and mixing point for two cultures. The Russian lessons and the Russian homestay give you a chance to improve your speaking abilities while experiencing Russian culture firsthand."
Erika Boeckler, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Living in Vladimir is the best thing I have ever done to improve my Russian and learn more about Russian culture."
Rachel Lu Owens, University of Montana