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Russia: Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (American Councils)
Almaty, Kazakhstan; Moscow, Russia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Vladimir, Russia (Outgoing Program)
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Housing: Dormitory, Homestay Language Pre-requisite: 4 semesters of Russian (or equivalent)
Language of Instruction: Russian Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
No Internship: No
Advisor: Mark Hayes Minimum GPA: 3
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing
Program Type:
Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

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This program is for students with at least two years of college level Russian and with a interest in Russian language acquisition. All courses in this program are taught in Russian.


American Councils for International Education's semester Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) is designed to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion in Russian. Students have the option of studying in one of four locations for a semester or a year:

  • The Moscow International University: Moscow International is the first accredited private university in the post-Soviet Russian federation. It specializes in the teaching of foreign languages, economics, finance, management, ecology and sociology. The American Councils places students in the university's department of Russian as a foreign language.
  • The Russian State Pedagogical (Gertsen) University in St. Petersburg: The Gertsen University is one of the leading educational institutions in all of Russia. The American Councils places students in the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language.
  • The KORA Center for Russian Language Study: KORA faculty members are specially trained in the instruction of Russian as a foreign language and many have extensive teaching experience in the U.S. Vladimir is three-hour train ride from Moscow. One of Russia's oldest cities, it is part of the historic "Golden Ring."
  • Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan: KazNu was founded in 1933 and is the oldest university in Kazakhstan. More than 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled in its departments of mechanics and mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, geography, history, philology, journalism, international relations, eastern studies political science and philosophy, economics and business, and law.
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. All programs feature approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction; roughly sixteen hours of which are dedicated to Russian-language study. Students are placed according to proficiency level for language classes. All area-studies and literature courses are conducted in Russian. Tutoring and internship opportunities are also available to interested students.

Course Equivalency: Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.

Student Life

Program participants may live in a university dormitory or with a host family. One day a week of the academic program is set-aside for travel to local sights of social, cultural and historical significance. There is also a 7-10 day excursion outside the host city organized about mid-semester.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/18/2015 ** Varies by program 01/21/2016 05/19/2016
NOTE: Students can expect final admissions decisions at the end of October.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.
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