Bishkek Online: Central Asian Studies

Short Course

This 10-week course provides an overview of the political, socio-economic as well as the historical and religious dimensions of the Central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan.

During the first part of the course (five weeks, in English), we focus on the history and culture of the region. The people here have a long history – from being under the influence of different regional and foreign powers like the Persian Empire, the Mongol Empire, local khanates and sultanates, the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union until independence after its collapse. We analyze the current political, economic, social and religious trends in light of changes and developments in the region and the world in general.

During the second part of the course (5 weeks), we split into two tracks. In Track A, we focus on practicing active Russian communication (comprehension and speaking) using Central Asian topics and themes.

In Track B (in English), we discuss the strategic importance of the Central Asian region and examine the external forces influencing geopolitics including agencies such as NATO, IMF, OSCE, SCO, the European Union, and the United Nations, competing global powers (Russia, China, the United States) and regional players (Turkey, Iran, India, and Pakistan).

Note that an enrollment deposit of $150 is due at time of application. Participants who do not need a transcript should contact us about a reduction in cost.

Course Structure

Virtual Travel and Cultural Program

Technology and Scheduling

About Central Asia

Transcripts and Credit Transfer

SRAS Learning Credits


English and Russian
History, International Relations, Russian Language, Security Studies


  • GPA of 2.8¬†or higher
  • At least 18 years of age at time of application

Dates & Costs

Dates: 07 Sep 2020 - 27 Nov 2020
Enroll By: 15 Aug 2020
Cost: $1895