Russian Summer Institute



This institute is an eight day program designed for both beginning and advanced students understanding the Russian language and culture and is for students in grades 9-12.


Both morning  and afternoon classes will be a well-balanced mixture of intensive Russian language learning with the exploration of various aspects of Russian culture. All evening activities will be monitored and supervised by resident counselors who are completed ECU Russian minors.


Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya is the project director and lead instructor for the summer institute.  She is a native speakers and is Professor of Languages, Director of Russian Studies and Global Education at East Central University.

For questions or to receive an application packet, please contact Dr. Sukholutskaya at 580-559-5293 or msukholu@ecok.edu


1. One thing I liked the most about Startalk was learning about a culture I had no knowledge of. 

2. The most valuable thing to me is getting to learn about things I love, whether it's music, language, or science.

 - Sarah Morgan

Startalk 2012 was the most important piece for the development of my Russian whether I enjoyed the staff, the kids but most importantly I enjoyed Mara Sukholutskaya's organization and trips. whether it be the trip to the reservation or the classes about the Russian people. More important than the language and social life of the camp was the fact that it taught me a lot about Russian culture and made me think about how much I love the culture and people. 

 - Louis Ship, Denver, Colorado



Grade Range: 9 - 12

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Lyonya Cooking
Russian Church
Sasha and Masha


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