The UW-Madison Pushkin Summer Institute is an intensive, six-week residential pre-college program that introduces outstanding high school students to Russian language and culture through the life and works of Russian national poet Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin. The 2018 Pushkin Summer Institute will begin on June 24, 2018 and run through August 4, 2018.
Students in the Pushkin Summer Institute take courses in Russian language, literature and culture, participate in a rich program of extra-curricular activities and live in a dormitory with Russian-speaking residential counselors. Participants attend classes daily, participate in weekly seminars, complete homework assignments, and actively participate in extra-curricular activities and field trips. Students pledge to use Russian as much as possible during the program.
Former students of PSI in Madison also have the opportunity to participate in the new PSI-Abroad program. The PSI-Abroad program, launched in 2015, is supported by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), which is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs. The 2018 Pushkin Summer Institute-Abroad will be held from June 22 – August 4, 2018 in Daugavpils, Latvia. A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held in Chicago on June 22, 2018 and the group will depart for Riga, Latvia on June 23.
An article about the 2015 PSI-Abroad program was recently featured on the NSLI-Y Interactive site and can be read here.