Bishkek: Central Asian Studies

Study Abroad

Central Asian Studies provides an intensive study of the fascinating region of Central Asia, combining our intensive Russian as a Second Language course with a range of language, linguistics, and regional studies courses.

The semester program addresses geopolitics, history, and culture and takes you to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. If you are interested in the summer program, you will find the program page here.

Those looking to hit the ground running will want to look at our online courses, which will also earn you SRAS Learning Credit for your future study abroad experiece.

If you are looking for the the summer version of this program, find it here.

Semester Courses (Spring/Fall)

Additional Language Electives

Travel and Cultural Program

Housing and Location

Research and Volunteering

Transcripts and Credit Transfer

Scholarships and Grants

Budget Breakdown

Getting Started


English and Russian
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Fall, Spring
Anthropology, Central Asian Languages, Geopolitics, History, Identity Studies, International Relations, Russian Language


  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • 18 years of age at time of application

Dates & Costs

  • 2022 Fall
    Year: 2022 Fall
    Dates: 19 August 2022 - 10 December 2022
    Application Deadline: 31 May 2022
    Cost: $13,650
  • 2023 Spring
    Year: 2023 Spring
    Dates: 27 January 2023 - 20 May 2023
    Application Deadline: 01 October 2022
    Cost: $13,650

Program Inclusions

Tuition, accommodation, visa and registration, pre-departure information, roundtrip airport transfers, cultural programming, travel in Central Asia as outlined, health and emergency insurance, use of a mobile telephone for duration of program, and SRAS in-country support.

"I just got a Masters in Public Administration focusing on international arts nonprofits, but along the way got a job at the Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University, where I'm coordinating public programs on all things Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. I actually got hired on for this position because of my unique background in Central Asian studies and all the research I did abroad with SRAS." - Corinne Hughes/SRAS Central Asian Studies Program Alumna