- What is the ISLC?
- What are the costs of studying Russian at ISLC?
- What is the schedule for a typical course at ISLC?
- What housing arrangements are available through ISLC?
- How much Russian will I learn?
- Is there any financial aid available?
- Can I receive college credit for the Russian courses I take?
- Can I “audit” a Russian course?
The Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures or ISLC is a phased-in expansion of Russian Language Ministries. Its goal is to apply the same type learning environment and philosophy of language acquisition that we now use in teaching Russian to that of both Arabic and Chinese languages. Chinese courses are planned for the near future while the Arabic language portion of the ISLC is still in a research stage.
Tuition for our eight-month course is $5100. (Room and board is not included.) Required texts and materials will cost between $100 and $150, depending on the course. Students are able to study for one “semester”, or a portion thereof, on a prorated basis.
ISLC’s Russian courses are held year-round with courses beginning generally in August, January, and June. Our next course is scheduled to run January 22th -May 10th. (2013)
Here at the ISLC we do our best to assist students with housing listings in the Columbia area, so that students can find available housing close by. On campus housing is provided for those taking classes for credit through Columbia International University.
Since each person’s personality, natural language aptitude, and motives are different, the results for each student will of course vary. Our students spend between 750 and 800 hours in class (25 hours per week) per eight-month course. Our course has been said to be equivalent to a four year University Russian degree program.
While there is currently no financial aid available, we do offer some discounts: A husband and wife studying together are able to get a 10% discount off one spouse. In addition to this, children between the ages of 13 and 18 (those still in high school) are able to receive a 50% discount if one or both parents are enrolled. Children who have graduated high school will pay normal price.
The course is accredited by Columbia International University as undergraduate credit. Other language requirements for graduate-level course work can also be met through our programs (additional charges may apply, depending on the number of credits desired).
Up to 9 hours of graduate or 12 hours of undergraduate credit is available for each 16 week semester course through Columbia International University. Up to 6 hours of graduate and 8 hours of undergraduate credit is available for the Summer Institute
Due to the labor intensive, personalized attention given to each student, auditing of a course is not offered.