Russian in the Sky and in Outer Space

Russian Student Program

July 21-August 15, 2014 from 9:00am to 3:00pm (weekdays only) at the University of Washington Language Learning Center in Denny Hall

View Highlights from 2014 Student Program: Russian in the Sky and Outer Space

The STARTALK Student Program, "Russian in the Sky and in Outer Space," aims to enroll 20 high school Russian heritage language students in a four-week intensive language program. The program combines the history of the most important events of space exploration with that of aircraft design and the language of science and technology. A content-based component STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is woven into this program through a partnership with the Museum of Flight. Students’ various interests are further addressed by a range of projects above and beyond the STEM topics, such as linguistic and digital storytelling research projects.


  • 5 UW credits by enrolling in RUSS 499 through the Slavic Department
  • 100 hours of total instructional content with emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Scholarship Assistance for ACTFL OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview computer-based) and WPT (Writing Proficiency Test), and the possibility for high school students to earn up to 4 competency-based credits for high school world languages
  • Increased linguistic accuracy and sensitivity to cultural norms
  • Two exciting trips to the Museum of Flight: the Aviation Learning Center and the Challenger Learning Center
  • Meetings with Russian professionals from Microsoft and Boeing
  • Elective Projects beyond STEM topics
  • Friday movies and games

Goals of the Program

  • to sharpen and expand students’ use of formal Russian language beyond intimate family speech
  • to strengthen students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening ability, especially in formal Russian language in varied disciplines
  • to prepare students to take their Russia language skills out into the Russian community and the world

UW Summer Quarter Registration Fee for the four-week Student Program: $44

Program Director: Veronika Egorova

Student Program Lead Instructor: Dr. Svetlana Abramova

Instructor: Marina Zamarashkina

Program Information:

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University of Washington Language Learning Center Seattle, WA 98195-4340    Phone:     Email: