One of four Russian Flagship Programs in the country, UW-Madison offers first and second year Russian over the course of 8 weeks. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 8:50 am-10:45 am and 12:05 pm-2:10 pm. This is an intensive Russian language program — expect to study and learn more Russian than you thought you were capable of.  On-campus housing is offered and highly encouraged.  Madison is a bike and bus friendly city with many area activities to offer. More information can be found at

There are no language prerequisites for first year Russian. Year 2 Russian students should have 2 semesters of language study or the equivalent. Students with prior experience in Russian will be required to take an oral proficiency interview.

Both levels of Russian are intensive and worth 8 college credits, covering two semesters of language study in one summer and focusing on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. By the end of the course, students should be proficient enough at speaking, listening, and reading to achieve ILR 1 or ILR 1+ depending on retention and prior language experience.

UW-Madison is one of a handful of national institutions to host the Russian Flagship Program. Students can expect exceptional instruction and support, with the expectation they will dedicate serious time and effort towards the intensive language program. UW-Madison is a great environment for summer study however, providing Memorial Union on Mendota Lake as one of several inspiring places for evening study or language conversation tables. The Madison area offers several weekend activities such as farmers’ markets, summer festivals, and outside activities to enjoy while taking a break from studying Russian.

UW-Madison hosts one of four Russian Flagship Programs in the US, so expect the language course to be intensive. For more information about the Russian Flagship Program at UW-Madison, click here.

Project GO funding covers tuition, fees, room and board, and travel to/from Madison. Project GO students are encouraged to stay on campus in the dorms but are not required to do so.

Be sure to apply through the National Project GO website by March 8, 2023, to be considered for Project GO funding.

Students interested in this program must complete the Project GO common application and select the UW-Madison Russian language offering and anticipated language level (Year 1 or 2). There is no additional application. Once awarded, students will be given directions on how to enroll as UW-Madison Special Students in order to access the desired summer Russian language course.

For more information, please contact Project GO at UW-Madison staff at or at 608-263-3724.