Program open to undergraduate and graduate students with at least two years of college-level Russian. Students with less than two years should contact American Councils.
(All students must have a passport at time of application.)
Programs are available for summer (8 weeks) semester, and academic year study.
Summer: February 15
Fall Semester: March 15
Academic Year: March 15
Spring Semester: October 1
Scholarships available from the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of State, and American Councils.
The American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) serves both graduate and undergraduate students. The academic program is designed to improve participants’ oral, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in Russian language and to develop their knowledge of Russian history, politics, culture, and society. The academic year, semester, and summer programs provide approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation, and cultural studies at Moscow International University, the Russian State Pedagogical University (Gertsen Institute) in St. Petersburg, and the KORA Center for Russian Language in Vladimir. One day per week of the academic program is set aside for local cultural excursions.
A full-time U.S. resident director oversees the academic and cultural programs, including local excursions and extended group travel, and assists participants in academic, administrative, and personal matters. Students may live with Russian host families or in university dormitories in Moscow and St. Petersburg; all students in Vladimir live with Russian host families. During the semester, students may participate in unpaid, non-credit bearing internships and volunteer service at local public schools, charities, and international businesses, depending on language level and interests. Students are also offered the chance to meet for two hours per week with peer tutors recruited from their host universities.
Students receive academic credit for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses through Bryn Mawr College. During the academic year (September through May), participants may audit regular host university classes in addition to their Russian courses if schedules permit. Academic year students may choose to conduct independent research during the spring semester.
** For more detailed program information, please visit the American Councils Study Abroad Programs website: Go to www.acrussiaabroad.org.