Bishkek: Russian as a Second Language

Study Abroad

In Bishkek, you will find a highly personalized and customizable program of intensive language study. Although one of our most popular locations, class sizes in Bishkek are the smallest. You will be able to focus on your language skills through personalized attention and optional, specialized language electives. Peer tutoring and an integrated cultural program focusing on Central Asian cultures will take your learning outside the classroom as can optional travel opportunities and active, recommended home stays.

Bishkek is especially recommended for students with specific language learning goals and who want a structured environment to surround themselves with language learning for as much of their time abroad as possible.

Spring 2021/Covid-19 Update: to allow for maximum flexibility, deadlines have been moved to November 1 and deposits will be fully refundable up until it is necessary to process visas – approximately 3-4 weeks prior to arrival. We do encourage applying before the November 1 deadline so that you receive our updates. 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.


Travel and Cultural Program

Housing and Location

Research and Volunteering

Transcripts and Credit Transfer

Scholarships and Grants

Budget Breakdown


Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Spring, Summer, Fall
Central Asian Languages, History, Literature, Russian Language


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

Dates & Costs

  • 2021 Spring
    Year: 2021 Spring
    Dates: 30 January 2021 - 22 May 2021
    Application Deadline: 01 November 2020
    Cost: $10,195
  • 2021 Summer I (10 weeks)
    Year: 2021 Summer
    Dates: 29 May 2021 - 08 August 2021
    Application Deadline: 15 February 2021
    Cost: $7,495
  • 2021 Summer I (8 weeks)
    Year: 2021 Summer
    Dates: 29 May 2021 - 25 July 2021
    Application Deadline: 01 March 2021
    Cost: $6,595
  • 2021 Summer II (6 weeks)
    Year: 2021 Summer
    Dates: 03 July 2021 - 15 August 2021
    Application Deadline: 01 March 2021
    Cost: $5,595
  • 2021 Fall
    Year: 2021 Fall
    Dates: 21 August 2021 - 12 December 2021
    Application Deadline: 01 May 2021
    Cost: $10,195

Program Inclusions

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

"I've studied in Irkutsk and St. Petersburg with SRAS, but [Bishkek] is, by far, my favorite because of the intense focus on speaking skills. I spend about three hours, 4 times a week speaking one-on-one. It’s such a unique opportunity! The people are also especially friendly here. My home stay is fantastic, the coordinator is a never-ending wealth of help, and the food of Central Asia is delicious.” 

-C. Hughes/The Evergreen State College
Fall 2011 (Irkutsk), Spring 2012 (St. Petersburg), Spring 2014 (Bishkek)