Russian and East European Studies Program
Congratulations to Elizabeth Pileggi, who obtained a position at Moscow office of the EF Education Company, the world's largest private education company that specializes in language training, educational tours and cultural exchange. Elizabeth graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a double major in Spanish and French. In her last year of the university, she began studying Russian and, in a very short time, gained full working proficiency in the language. Her academic interests combined her love for Russian language and culture with her specialization in education. At Bloomsburg University, Elizabeth was an active member of the Russian Conversation Club and she frequently helped exchange students from Russia with the English language.
In March 2014, Elizabeth moved to Moscow and she is happy with her new position. "I really love Moscow and my job here. - Elizabeth says, - I think it was really a great decision for me to come to Russia, and I actually feel very comfortable and satisfied here, despite the language barrier which is getting easier to manage. Most of my students are fantastic and are very fun to teach. They range from age 8 to 18, so I am getting a lot of experience with teaching different age groups." In a year or two, Elizabeth plans to apply for graduate school to study ESL.
During the Winter semester 2013, twelve students from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania participated in a three-weeks long study abroad program to Poland and the Czech Republic. The program was organized by the Russian and Eastern European Studies program faculty, and received support from the BU Office of Global Education and College of Liberal Arts. The students took intensive classes on “History of Jews” and “East European Film, Literatures, and Cultures” at Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland), visited Schindler’s Factory, Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mines, and Prague (Czech Republic). The trip gave “new perspectives that I feel all people should be able to attain,” wrote one of the participants. The study abroad experience motivated many students to pursue their degrees in Russian and East European Studies.