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MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY TO OFFER LOW-COST, INTENSIVE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE STUDY

 WASHINGTON, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Moscow State University will offer a low-cost, intensive Russian language program geared to American business persons, future diplomats and students beginning this summer.
 The $500-$1,000 monthly cost covers room, board and tuition for daily classes of 4 to 8 students. Fees vary based on the duration and intensity of study. Taught year-round at Russia's largest university, classes are grouped by ability, from beginner to graduate-level.
 Dr. Alexei Surin, dean of Moscow State's College of Humanities, created the Visiting Scholars Direct Program "to make studying Russian on a serious level more affordable."
 "Many students who study in Russia pay exorbitant tuition and fees plus personal expenses to 'host institutions,' such as universities or organizations operating exchange programs," Surin said. "Our program cuts through the bureaucrats and middle men to provide the best training available at a fraction of the usual cost."
 Surin expects to accommodate the needs of a wide range of Americans, from business persons and lawyers looking for the basic tools to navigate the new Russian market to future diplomats interested in polishing their intonation and pronunciation. If several students of the same level are interested in one subject, such as law or a technical field, a class can concentrate on how to converse in Russian about it. Those who demonstrate a grasp of Russian will be allowed to enroll in other Moscow State University courses, such as political science and psychology.
 Brian Reaves, a 24-year-old American business student presently enrolled in the program, said: "You have to be serious about learning Russian, and living here gives me a better feeling of how things are done. It's also a lot cheaper to go through the Visiting Scholars Direct Program than an American university."
 The program is represented in the U.S. by GIST Inc., 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 102-G, Arlington, Va. 22201. Potential applicants may write or call (703)527-7459 for information. Spaces are limited and filled on a first come, first served basis.
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 /CONTACT: Roy Bain of GIST, 703-527-7459/


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