STARTALK Immersion Program

The Program

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About the STARTALK Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program

California State University, Northridge is offering an exceptional opportunity to college students to develop foreign language skills in Russian. This language program is unique because it offers a STARTALK curriculum that promotes and strengthens participating students’ knowledge base and understanding of Russian language and culture and connects the language development of each student with the content in his or her academic discipline via authentic written material and oral interaction in the target language.  The program strengthens students’ speaking ability, advances their reading and writing skills, monitors their learning progress, and integrates the Russian language with their knowledge of current affairs.  The Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program is designed to meet the needs of motivated, career-minded students who want to expand their international professional options in an increasingly global workplace and prepares students for potential job opportunities that make use of their Russian language skills. The program also works with the California State University, Northridge career center, which sends out a representative who provides information to students about how to highlight Russian language skills on a resume or CV,  the most effective way to relate Russian proficiency to jobs and careers, and the resources available in the career center.  Students who take advantage of this program will gain cross-cultural experience that will give them a competitive edge in today’s growing international business community.   

The Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program faculty consists of enthusiastic native-speakers, with strong pedagogical skills and experience in immersion program work. Students can expect a serious academic atmosphere that will enhance their skills in speaking, reading, listening, and writing.  The Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program also offers students a variety of extracurricular activities that promote cultural awareness as well as language learning opportunities. They include Russian guest speakers, field trips to the Russian enclaves in the greater Los Angeles area, and other cultural events.

Due to the program’s ongoing success, it has been expanded to include college students from around the country. Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program is accepting applications from students at all levels (beginning, intermediate, and advanced Russian). Upon completion of the program, students may be eligible to receive 6 credit units.

The National Security Agency and National Foreign Language Center have once again provided a grant to the Startalk Russian Language and Culture Immersion Program at CSUN for 2020. Those who are accepted to the 2020 immersion program are eligible for scholarships that will cover instruction, textbooks, dormitory stay, field trips, and all extracurricular activities.

The program is a 5-week immersion residential program at CSUN during the 2020 summer session, which will begin on

June 9, 2020, and end on July 10, 2020. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.

This unique program is rigorous and requires a high level of commitment on each student’s part. However, the benefits are inestimable.

Residential Immersion

The STARTALK Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program, funded by the National Security Language Initiative, is designed to accelerate students' Russian language development and cultivate a deep knowledge of culture, arts, and national identity in modern Russia. During the six-week residential summer program, students interact in the target language 100% of the time, with in-class language instruction; evening and weekend cultural activities; mentorship with native Russian speakers; seminars with experts on Russian culture; and field excursions to Russian cultural venues, businesses, and communities.