Bishkek: The Geopolitics of Central Asia

Study Abroad

Spend your summer in Central Asia, gaining a broad understanding of the geopolitics, culture, and history of the region. We will look specifically at the New Great Game as a renewed struggle for hegemony and control over natural resources in Central Asia between competing global and regional powers, the Central Asian republics themselves, and neighboring states.

We consider these geopolitical issues within the context of the cultural and social as well as the historical and religious dimensions of Central Asia. In addition to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan, we will focus on Afghanistan and Xinjiang because of their influential role in greater Eurasia.

You also have the option of adding 3 or 6 weeks of intensive language study (Russian or a Central Asian language) to this program – see the Language Intensive section below for details.

If you are interested in the semester version of this program, see this page.


Language Intensive (Optional)

Travel and Cultural Program

Housing and Location

Transcripts and Credit Transfer

Scholarships and Grants

Budget Breakdown

Getting Started


Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Geopolitics, History, Identity Studies, Russian Language


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

Dates & Costs

  • 2023 Summer (10 weeks, Language)
    Year: 2023 Summer
    Dates: 26 May 2023 - 05 August 2023
    Application Deadline: 01 March 2023
    Cost: $8,995
  • 2023 Summer (6 weeks, No Language)
    Year: 2023 Summer
    Dates: 23 June 2023 - 05 August 2023
    Application Deadline: 15 March 2023
    Cost: $6,995

Program Inclusions

Tuition, accommodation, 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