Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program

RLASP serves both graduate and undergraduate students as well as working professionals. The academic year, semester, and summer programs provide approximately 20 hours per week of in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation, and cultural studies at Moscow International University, the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen Institute) in St. Petersburg, and the KORA Center for Russian Language in Vladimir. Content courses for area studies credit are offered in subjects such as Russian literature and history, political science, and contemporary Russian society. All courses are taught in Russian by expert faculty with experience teaching foreign students.

One day per week of the academic program is set aside for local cultural excursions. Excursions and travel include major sites such as art galleries and churches, but also include destinations off the beaten path.  Students also participate on an extended regional field studies outside their host city.

Participants have the option of living with host families or in university dormitories. Host families provide private rooms and engage students in conversation and culture. All participants receive two meals per day.

American Councils conducts an informative pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. and an in-country orientation upon each group’s arrival. Full-time, expert resident directors are available to assist participants abroad. Additionally, participants receive comprehensive overseas medical insurance for the duration of the program.

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 202-833-7522



Language Level Required: Four semesters of college-level Russian instruction

Must be 18 to apply.

Program Length Details: 

Fall: late-August to mid-December

Academic Year: late-August to mid-May; applications due by March 15

Spring: mid-January to mid-May; applications due by October 1

Summer: early-June to early-August; applications due by February 15


See for current program costs (program costs vary by program period). Cost includes visa and processing, orientation in D.C., tuition, housing, most meals, tutoring, short and long excursions, and health insurance.


Fall: March 15

Academic Year: March 15

Spring: October 1

Summer: February 15

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