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  • Advanced Russian Training (ART)

    Short Course

    Do you speak Russian at a high professional level (B2 or higher), with a wide vocabulary and strong knowledge of grammar - high enough that native speakers have stopped correcting you? Do you feel that because of this your learning of Russian has stalled? This is the course for you! An instructor will engage you in topical conversations, identify your weak points, provide detailed feedback and exercises, and work with you to bring your Russian to the next level – all in a convenient, online course designed around your schedule.

    Heritage speakers - this is the course for you as well, with an individualized approach to correcting grammar, breaking habits of applying English structure to Russian, and filling in the gaps in your knowledge of Russian.

    Four 60-minute sessions, scheduled individually. This course has flexible start dates. We will work with you on scheduling once you enroll.

    Short Course

    Snapshot

    Topics:
    Russian Language
  • Bishkek Online: Part-Time/Maintenance Russian

    Short Course

    Looking to keep up and advance your Russian language skills? Perhaps you have taken Russian in the past, but cannot fit a full-time intensive language course into your schedule right now. Or maybe you teach Russian but have limited opportunity to advance your own skills and practice speaking with others at your level. Whatever your situation, if you are looking to improve your Russian in a convenient, online setting, this course is for you!

    8-week minimum * 3 mornings per week x 50 min * All levels

    Short Course

    Snapshot

    Language:
    Russian
    Topics:
    Russian Language
  • Bishkek: Central Asian Studies

    Study Abroad

    Central Asian Studies is an innovative program preparing students for international careers. Based in the fascinating and historically significant region of Central Asia, this program combines our intensive Russian as a Second Language course with an expansive study of the history, culture, and geopolitics of the region.

    The semester program includes travel to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turmenistan. In summer, travel to Uzbekistan and spend a week on horseback in the Kyrgyz mountains.

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Language:
    English and Russian
    Location:
    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    Terms:
    Spring, Summer, Fall
    Topics:
    Anthropology, Central Asian Languages, Geopolitics, History, Identity Studies, International Relations, Russian Language
  • Bishkek: Russian as a Second Language

    Study Abroad

    In Bishkek, you will find a highly personalized and customizable program of intensive language instruction. 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, including study of other Central Asian languages. 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.

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Language:
    Russian
    Location:
    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    Terms:
    Spring, Summer, Fall
    Topics:
    Central Asian Languages, History, Literature, Russian Language
  • Conversation Practice Sessions

    Short Course

    Practice and advance your Russian outside of the classroom with a native Russian-speaking peer! Learning Russian is more fun (and practical) if you get a chance to use it to interact with someone in Russia. These online, individual sessions allow you to apply what you are learning by taking part in an informal conversation with a Russian peer. 

    Five 40-minute sessions, scheduled individually. This course has flexible start dates. We will work with you on scheduling once you enroll.

    Short Course

    Snapshot

    Topics:
    Russian Language
  • Cuba-Russia Connection: Studies in Cultural Diplomacy

    Study Abroad

    The Cuba-Russia Connection invites you to an intensive introduction to the history, culture, politics, and economies of two fascinating countries that have played important strategic and often interrelated roles in US foreign policy. We will study these countries from the perspective of cultural diplomacy, learning how each uses its cultural assets for diplomacy and economic gain. 

    During the course of this program, you will spend 10 days in Cuba, followed by four weeks in Russia. Extend your stay with additional weeks of intensive Russian as a Second Language study.

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Language:
    English
    Location:
    Havana, Cuba;
    St. Petersburg, Russia
    Terms:
    Summer
    Topics:
    Diplomacy, History, International Relations, Russian Language
  • Irkutsk Online: Part-Time/Maintenance Russian

    Short Course

    Looking to keep up and advance your Russian language skills? Perhaps you have taken Russian in the past, but cannot fit a full-time intensive language course into your schedule right now. Or maybe you teach Russian but have limited opportunity to advance your own skills and practice speaking with others at your level. Whatever your situation, if you are looking to improve your Russian with a minimal time commitment in a convenient, online setting, this course is for you!

    8-week minimum * Weekday evenings, 8-9pm EST * All levels

    Short Course

    Snapshot

    Language:
    Russian
    Topics:
    Russian Language
  • Irkutsk: Language and Environment

    Study Abroad

    Language and the environment are both issues of global importance. Irkutsk provides an exceptionally intensive and immersive experience to study both.

    Russian as a Second Language forms the core of this program. During the academic year choose between a study of the Environmental History of Russia or more language electives.

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Language:
    English and Russian
    Location:
    Irkutsk, Russia
    Terms:
    Spring, Summer, Fall
    Topics:
    Environmental Studies, History, Russian Language
  • Kyiv Online: Part-Time/Maintenance Russian

    Short Course

    Looking to keep up and advance your Russian language skills? Perhaps you have taken Russian in the past, but cannot fit a full-time intensive language course into your schedule right now. Or maybe you teach Russian but have limited opportunity to advance your own skills and practice speaking with others at your level. Whatever your situation, if you are looking to improve your Russian with a minimal time commitment in a convenient, online setting, this course is for you!

    8 week minimum * 2x per week x 90 min * All levels

    Short Course

    Snapshot

    Language:
    Russian
    Topics:
    Russian Language
  • Kyiv: Identity and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space

    Study Abroad

    Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, this program takes you to Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia to discuss with local experts the conflicts in all these states, both past and present. You will explore identity as it is shaped by history and culture and consider how group interests and foreign interests influence policy-making and governance in multi-ethnic states. You will search for pragmatic solutions using the experience you gain on the ground. This program provides invaluable experience for anyone interested in diplomacy, policy, or conflict studies. 

    This program includes Russian as a Second Language study at all levels.

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Language:
    English and Russian
    Location:
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Terms:
    Spring, Fall
    Topics:
    Conflict Studies, Diplomacy, Geopolitics, History, Identity Studies, International Relations, Russian Language, Ukrainian Language
  • Kyiv: Russian as a Second Language

    Study Abroad

    In Kyiv, an intensive and supportive environment of Russian language study is paired with home stay to provide you with an immersive language and cultural experience. Out-of-classroom experiences and special lectures and workshops introduce you to Ukrainian identity, history, and the issues in contemporary Ukraine.  Kyiv is a very affordable option for study abroad, due to the many inclusions in this program (2 meals/day, subway transport card) and the generally low cost of living.

    Part or all of your language study in this program may be replaced with Ukrainian.

     

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Language:
    Russian
    Location:
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Terms:
    Spring, Summer, Fall
    Topics:
    Hybrid (online + in-country), Russian Language, Ukrainian Language
  • Moscow: Diplomacy and International Relations at MGIMO

    Study Abroad

    Study alongside Russia's future political and business leaders at Russia's leading institution for international studies. Choose from an extensive list of courses in Russian or English and enjoy regular opportunities to attend talks given by visiting diplomats, politicians, economists, religious leaders, and other experts. 

    Additional out-of-classroom activities take advantage of the wide intellectual and cultural resources of Moscow in a hands-on program designed to give you broad perspectives on Russian history, geography, international relations, economics, politics, and demographics

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Language:
    Russian and English
    Location:
    Moscow, Russia
    Terms:
    Spring, Fall
    Topics:
    Business & Economics, Diplomacy, Geopolitics, International Relations, Law, Russian Language, Sociology
  • Moscow: Russian as a Second Language

    Study Abroad

    Moscow, Russia's political and economic capital, is home to not only most of Russia's federal government, but also most of Russia's major businesses and the Russian headquarters of international corporations. The city overflows with NGOs, museums, and cultural institutions. All of this offers students an extraordinary opportunity to make potential professional contacts, understand Russia's current development trajectory, and to take in as much Russian culture as possible in one location. Moscow is also Europe's largest city and a major regional hub for all of Eurasia. It is a diverse city, with cultural infrastructure serving a diverse population. In Moscow, you'll explore all of this as part of your guided cultural program. 

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Language:
    Russian
    Location:
    Moscow, Russia
    Terms:
    Spring, Summer, Fall
    Topics:
    Russian Language
  • Reading Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard

    Short Course

    Without Anton Pavlovich Chekhov drama it is impossible to imagine Russian classics. It is not only due to the ingenious courage of the author, who changed the idea of the expressive possibilities of the theater. Dramas by A.P. Chekhov are also a subtle image of the Russian national world, full of pain and tenderness, in all its incongruities, comedy and tragedy.

    The Cherry Orchard is an existential drama set in an idyllic estate with a cherry orchard that represents an old Russia destined to disappear. The play was written in 1903, shortly before the first Russian revolution. After the revolution, it became regarded by contemporaries as a prediction of an impending historical catastrophe, and, ironically, is also known as one of Chekhov's most lyrical comedies.

    4 Wednesday evenings 8:00 - 9:30pm EDT + 1 Saturday morning virtual excursion

    Short Course

    Snapshot

    Topics:
    Literature, Russian Language
  • Reading Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov

    Short Course

    The Brothers Karamazov is one of Fyodor Dostoevsky's most famous novels. Using elements drawn from the genre of crime fiction, he creates a compelling story. However, the greatness of the novel is found in its philosophical questioning. The reader is much more likley to be struck by the unanswered existential and ontological questions the novel raises than by any suspense drawn in the search for the killer. 

    We will take a multi-faceted look at The Brothers Karamazov. We will navigate our way through this work with five lectures and a virtual "live" visit to the Dostoevsky Museum in St. Petersburg. 

    4 Wednesday evenings 8:00 - 9:30pm EDT + 1 Saturday morning virtual excursion

    Short Course

    Snapshot

    Topics:
    Literature, Russian Language
  • Reading Tolstoy: Anna Karenina

    Short Course

    Anna Karenina is one of the world's great novels of psychological prose. Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy's work, a love story focusing on Karenina and Vronsky, remains popular and relevant today. In part, this is thanks to the ideas Tolstoy and his characters present about happiness – subtle, ephemeral and at the same time vital to maintaining one's state of mind.

    We will take a multi-faceted look at Anna Karenina. We will navigate our way through this work with five lectures and a virtual "live" visit to Yasnaya Polyana, where Tolstoy lived and wrote this novel as well as War and Peace.

    4 weekday evenings 8:00 - 9:30pm EST + 1 Saturday morning virtual excursion

    Short Course

    Snapshot

    Topics:
    Literature, Russian Language
  • St. Petersburg: Language and Society

    Study Abroad

    Russian as a Second Language is at the core of this program and during the academic year is combined with a range of electives taught in English on culture, history, politics, economics, finance, marketing, and more. Several courses focus on the intersection of these subjects: how the economy affects the arts and the role of cultural movements within society. An extensive cultural program and a weekend trip to Moscow is included. You'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on Russia for your future career in government, business, or academia.

     

     

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Language:
    Russian and English
    Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
    Terms:
    Spring, Summer, Fall
    Topics:
    Business & Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Hospitality/Tourism, International Relations, Law, Literature, Russian Language, Sociology, Sustainability
  • St. Petersburg: The Changing Energy Landscape

    Study Abroad

    An increasingly serious attitude toward the Paris Agreement implies a substantial change to world economics through decarbonization efforts. This will require considerable cooperation between the hydrocarbon resource countries and energy consumers. There are many geopolitical and economic obstacles and it is of paramount importance to foster discussion on the future of energy in a decarbonized world.

    This interdisciplinary course is aimed at students of economics, business, world economy, political science, international relations, energy studies/security, and sustainability studies.

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Language:
    English
    Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
    Terms:
    Summer
    Topics:
    Business & Economics, Energy Studies, Geopolitics, International Relations, Russian Language, Sustainability
  • Study Abroad: Online Extension

    Short Course

    Already planning to study abroad with SRAS? Enroll in up to 4 weeks/4 credits of online study before and/or after your time abroad. 

    Rolling dates and admissions relative to study abroad dates

    Short Course

    Snapshot

    Topics:
    Russian Language
  • Summer Break: St. Petersburg and Moscow

    Study Abroad

    Join SRAS for Summer Break in Russia! We will take you on a two-week grand introduction to modern Russia, its history, and its impressive culture. Follow knowledgable guides through the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Sample and learn more about the local and regional cuisines. Meet your local peers in both cities to talk about what life on the ground is really like. You'll tour world-class museums, see a wide variety of art and architecture, and see the places where both local and world history was made. This summer break experience is for anyone with an interest in Russia and its current place in the world.

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Location:
    Moscow, Russia;
    St. Petersburg, Russia
    Terms:
    Summer
    Topics:
    Art & Art History, History, Russian Language
  • Vladivostok: Russia and the Asia-Pacific

    Study Abroad

    Although a neighbor to the highly successful Pacific Asian nations of Japan, South Korea, and China, Russia's Far East has always lagged in terms of economic development because of historical, geographic, and policy challenges. Today, however, there are several ambitious projects focused on developing this massive and resource-rich Russian region. This program will critically analyze and explore first-hand many of these projects, including the free port, special economic zones, the "Far East Hectare" project, and infrastructure initiatives in terms of both their investment attractiveness and socio-political value.

    This program combines Russian language study with economics, politics, and culture in Russia's "Gateway to Asia."

    Study Abroad

    Snapshot

    Language:
    Russian and English
    Location:
    Vladivostok, Russia
    Terms:
    Spring, Fall
    Topics:
    Business & Economics, History, International Relations, Russian Language
  • Начинаем! Getting Started with Russian

    Short Course

    Whether you have a specific need to embark on the Russian language or are simply curious, this online course is your opportunity to try it out. Is it really as hard as it looks? What does it sound like? 

    This short course is appropriate for any age - from ambitious high school students to working professionals and lifelong learners. It is appropriate if you are simply in the planning stages of a trip to Russia, or any number of countries where Russian remains the lingua franca. This course assumes that you have no prior Russian language study. If you already know the basics, even if you are a bit rusty, we suggest one of our Maintenance Russian courses instead.

    Four 60-minute meetings + asynchronous supplemental material

    Short Course

    Snapshot

    Topics:
    Russian Language