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Program Overview

Program Overview

This summer, explore the complexity of global business and international relations in a vibrant city pulsing with around-the-clock energy and life: Moscow. In CIEE’s Summer Business and International Relations program, you’ll have the unparalleled opportunity to experience the role the city has played in defining world politics and economics. Take courses with leading professors, explore Russia’s rich culture during numerous excursions, learn survival Russian language skills – if you like – and get to know your Russian peers. It’s all waiting.

Study abroad in Moscow and you’ll:

  • Take small, stimulating classes on site at one of Russia's top universities
  • Improve your Russian with an optional 1-credit survival Russian course
  • Experience Russia beyond Moscow on one day-long trip and one two-day long trip in each session
  • Compliment you classroom learning with outings, excursions, volunteer work and site visits
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Cultural Activities & Excursions

In Russia, you’ll go on excursions and take part in cultural activities that will help you understand Russia’s past and present, as well as differences between Russia and the United States related to business and international relations.

With other CIEE students, you might go on guided tours of the Kremlin and Armory Museum, the Museum of Modern Russian History, the State Tretyakov Gallery of Russian Art and walking tours of Moscow neighborhoods, visit the ballet and participate in Russian cooking classes.

One day trip and a two-day long trip are included in each four-week session. Past destinations for weekend trips have included St. Petersburg, Kazan, and Yaroslavl. Past destinations for day trips have included Lev Tolstoy’s Estate near the city of Tula, and the ancient cities of Kolomna and Vladimir.

Immersion

CIEE provides several weekly events such as cinema nights and discussion clubs where you can meet Russians, who are interested in cultural exchange with their peers. These students will provide you with additional language support and give you a firsthand look at their lifestyle.

Students also have the opportunity to engage with the community through volunteer work with local organizations and site visits to businesses and think tanks.

Community Engagement

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with students and faculty at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. You’ll interact with your Russian peers on campus, and learn firsthand from some of Russia’s top business and international relations professors. Courses are also enhanced through company visits, which will provide you with valuable exposure to the Russian business world and practical experience interacting with the local business community.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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End Date
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Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,068
Housing ***
$850
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$265

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Two meals a day (and three on weekends) are provided for students in homestays; students in dormitories are responsible for all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$600
International Airfare **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$600

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in the dormitory; students in a homestay should budget $250 for meals (weekday lunches) not included

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Session I and II 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$8,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,918
Housing ***
$1,700
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$265

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Two meals a day (and three on weekends) are provided for students in homestays; students in dormitories are responsible for all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in the dormitory; students in a homestay should budget $250 for meals (weekday lunches) not included

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Sessions I, II and III 2017 (12 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
08/13/2017
$12,050

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$8,768
Housing ***
$2,550
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$265

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Two meals a day (and three on weekends) are provided for students in homestays; students in dormitories are responsible for all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,800
International Airfare **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$360
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in the dormitory; students in a homestay should budget $250 for meals (weekday lunches) not included

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,068
Housing ***
$850
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$265

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Two meals a day (and three on weekends) are provided for students in homestays; students in dormitories are responsible for all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$600
International Airfare **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$600

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in the dormitory; students in a homestay should budget $250 for meals (weekday lunches) not included

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Session II and III 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017
$8,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,918
Housing ***
$1,700
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$265

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Two meals a day (and three on weekends) are provided for students in homestays; students in dormitories are responsible for all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in the dormitory; students in a homestay should budget $250 for meals (weekday lunches) not included

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
05/01/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,068
Housing ***
$850
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$265

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Two meals a day (and three on weekends) are provided for students in homestays; students in dormitories are responsible for all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$600
International Airfare **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$600

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in the dormitory; students in a homestay should budget $250 for meals (weekday lunches) not included

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session. Students may also enroll in the optional Communicative Russian Language course during any one session for an additional 15 contact hours and 1 semester / 1.5 quarter credit hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take one area studies course per session, and have the option of taking the Communicative Russian language course (1 semester / 1.5 quarter hour). Students may enroll in up to three sessions.

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About the City

About The City

Moscow dates back to the 12th century and has played a central role in the development of the Russian state. It is the capital of Russia, one of the world’s major political, economic, cultural, and scientific centers. The most populous city in Europe and the fifth-largest city in the world, Moscow has approximately thirteen million inhabitants representing a diverse mix of ethnicities. It is a 21st-century metropolis, renowned for dazzling architecture (from medieval churches to Soviet high rises) and iconic sights like Red Square, the Kremlin, and Lenin’s tomb. It is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, pulsing with around-the-clock energy. For students of business or international relations, Moscow offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience firsthand the role the city has played for decades in defining world politics and economics.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Nancy Kogin

Nancy Kogin has over 20 years of experience living and working in multicultural environments. Her interest in study abroad began in 1990 when she was an exchange student on a year-long program at Belarusian State University in Minsk. Since then she has worked with high school, university and graduate students from all over the U.S. and Eurasia as they prepare for and participate in exchange programs. Prior to joining CIEE, she helped manage the recruitment, selection and pre-departure support of program participants at American Councils for International Education. She received her master’s in International Public Administration from DePaul University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Soviet Studies from Colby College. Nancy has lived in Moscow for almost 20 years and in her free time enjoys reading, walking, and going to museums with her two middle-school aged children.

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Irina Makoveeva

Center Director

A native of Moscow, Irina Makoveeva received her master’s degree in Russian philology and comparative linguistics from the Moscow Lomonosov State University and her doctorate degree in Slavic and film studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout her long academic career, she designed and taught courses on Russian literature, culture, cinema, and all levels of Russian language at such schools as Moscow State Mining University, the Moscow Lomonosov State University, Virginia Tech, the University of Pittsburgh, and Vanderbilt University. Her publications focus on the popular culture adaptations of literary canonical texts, Soviet and post-Soviet culture, and women’s cinema. In her current position as the Director of CIEE Study Centers in Russia, she strives to continuously expand the center’s course offerings and enrollment. In her free time Irina enjoys skiing, opera, films, and The New Yorker.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Study Center in Moscow is located at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), in a picturesque green area of southern Moscow, home to several higher education institutions, and considered upmarket and safe. MGIMO is Russia’s most global university, with more than 1,000 foreign students from 65 countries currently enrolled. It was one of the first Russian universities to join the European Universities Association, is a signatory to the Bologna accords, and was the first in Russia to offer a master’s degree in English. MGIMO offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, from international affairs, political science, economics, and international law, to journalism, business management, and energy policy.

The nearby commercial facilities and recreational spaces ensure a comfortable daily life for international students. Students can buy everything they need in grocery stores, markets, and two nearby shopping malls, and dine in a diverse range of restaurants and cafeterias. Easily accessible recreational pursuits include walking and jogging in nearby gardens, cinemas, and a bowling alley. Central Moscow is only 20 minutes away by metro, allowing for convenient access to the delights of one of the world’s largest, most vibrant, and diverse cities.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Students will live in an MGIMO student dormitory. MGIMO provides CIEE students with double-occupancy rooms in an on-campus residence located adjacent to the main classroom buildings. The dorm is primarily inhabited by international students – many of whom are native-Russian-speaking students from former Soviet republics – and Russian nationals, offering excellent cultural and linguistic integration opportunities. Rooms have en suite bathrooms and a shared kitchen on each floor. Wireless Internet is included in the program fee. Please note that meals are not included. Weekly linen service and laundry facilities are included. On-campus modern athletic facilities including indoor swimming pool are located a short walk from the dorm.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Russia even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: To help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

The on-site orientation provides participants with an intensive introduction to Russia, the culture, health and safety issues, and the academic program. Excursions in and around the city serve as a general introduction to the subway system, and major points of interest, as well as acquainting students with necessary resources and amenities. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. In the classroom buildings of MGIMO, Internet connections are available for free, and students have access to wireless Internet and a computer lab at MGIMO multimedia lab. In the student dormitories, CIEE-provided routers will supply students with free Wi-Fi. In addition, Moscow offers a good network of cafés (and even some of its larger parks, such as Gorky Park) with free wireless Internet connection.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

You'll hear this more than once: Teaching methods in Moscow are quite different from what students are used to. There tends to be less discussion and more memorization, a typical approach in most European universities. Relationships between students and teachers are more formal. Behavior that is taken for granted as normal in the United States may be considered quite rude in Russia. For example, students do not eat or chew gum in class; nor do they wear baseball caps or talk out of turn. The student/teacher ratio is usually under 7:1 and there is less changing of classrooms than you may be used to.

Nature of Classes

Students will take classes with other CIEE students. Students take one area studies course per session and can enroll in either one, two or three sessions. Classes are taken on the MIGMO campus. Students can also take a 1-credit Communicative Russian language course (15 hours).

Grading System

Students are graded on the basis of class participation, individual project work, presentations, and a research paper. MGIMO professors grade either by a percentage or on the Russian scale of 1 – 5, which CIEE will convert into U.S. Recommended Grade Equivalent.

Language of Instruction

All courses are taught in English except for the 1-credit Communicative Russian Language course.

Faculty

All courses are taught by MGIMO faculty.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site at http://syllabi.ciee.org/.

Session I

INRE 3002 MBIR
Russia and the United States in International Relations

This course analyzes the development of U.S.-Russian policy in a new international context, with particular emphasis on the post-Cold War and the results of bilateral relations at the end of the first decade of the 21st century. Different strategies of both Russian and U.S. governments will be observed to find out the tendencies of their bilateral relations. The subject matter to be covered includes the areas of common interest and divergences of principle between the two countries.

RUSI 0001 MBIR
Communicative Russian Language

This 1-credit course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture.

Session II

INRE 3003 MBIR
Conflicts in the Zone of the New Russian Frontiers

This course gives students an understanding of the core of conflicts in the zone of the new Russian frontier. Students will learn modern theoretical and methodological aspects of the conflicts, the conflicts’ background, the main research approaches, and possible paths to resolution, and, in so doing, will form the ability to understand the distinction of conflicts in the zone of the new Russian frontiers.

RUSI 0001 MBIR
Communicative Russian Language

This 1-credit course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture.

Session III

POLI 3001 MBIR
Political Process in Russia

The goals of this course are to dismantle the stereotypes about Russia, and promote a multidimensional understanding of Russia’s political process. These goals are achieved by presenting Russia’s political process as a complex chain of trends and events with the participation of various actors, each having their own functions and possessing their own resources. The course addresses the cornerstones of the country’s political history, including the role of ideologies, and such important aspects of the Russian political process as political culture, political parties, state governance, federalism, and constitution-making, as well as missed and still-existing opportunities in the field of institutional design.

RUSI 0001 MBIR
Communicative Russian Language

This 1-credit course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture.

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