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PROGRAMS  / RUSSIAN AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (RSL)

Russian as a Second Language
Study Russian in Russia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan

 
This Program is Available in:
  Moscow
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  Bishkek
  kiev
   
 
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Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program packages are designed for flexibility to suit almost any need or interest. Study for a week or a year. Choose the bustling streets of Moscow or the rugged hills of Kyrgyzstan. Take advanced courses or start with the basics. Home Stays and TORFL Testing are optionally available. Full summer programs can be combined with seminars and adventures ranging from business courses to horse trekking. With SRAS, it's all up to you.

Dates and Costs

Semester Options

Fall: Cost: $8,995
     Sep 4 - Dec 15, 2017  (Apply by May 15, 2017)

Spring: Cost: $8,995
    
Jan 29 - May 19, 2018  (Apply by Oct 15, 2017)
 

Summer Options

Full Summer (10 weeks): Cost: $6,695
     May 29 - Aug 4, 2017  (Apply by: March 15, 2017)
     Customizable with optional seminars! Click here.

Early Summer (8 weeks): Cost: $5,895
     May 29 - July 21, 2017  (Apply by: March 15, 2017)

Late Summer (6 weeks): Cost: $4,995
     June 26 - Aug 4, 2017  (Apply by: March 31, 2017)

Additional summer location! Batumi, Georgia is an additional location open for summer RSL programs.
 

Academic Year, 2016-2017

Full Year: Cost: $16,995
     Sep - May/June  (Apply by May 15, 2017)
 

Flexible RSL - Name Your Dates!

Name your own dates! Apply at least three months in advance. Not available in all areas or at all times.

Base 4-week program: $3,995
Each additional week: $525

 

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Curriculum

RS-100/200/300/400 Russian Language Study  
Small, intensive classes focuses on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics. Upper level options vary by location and can include literature, film, or specialized language training (political/economic, media, translation).
Academic Hours:  Fall, Spring: 300*  Summer early/late/full: 160/120/200*

RS-101: Culture Lab
Excursions, seminars, and other out-of-the-classroom experiences at locations of historical, cultural, or other interest. Syllabi available for: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Bishkek, Vladivostok, Irkutsk, and Kiev

Optional: RS-103/203/303: Intensive Russian Tutoring
Take optional, intensive hours of individual tutoring customized to your level and needs. Additional cost varies by location. Contact SRAS for more information.

 

Optional Summer Seminars

Customise your full summer program with these optional seminars to learn even more about Russia or Central Asia! Note that these seminars will take place within the same timeframe as the full summer RSL. General dates are listed below for your information. RSL must be taken in the same location as the seminar. To apply - just sign up for a full summer of RSL in the appropriate location and send your SRAS representative a note saying that you want the add-on package! 

Environmental Studies - Irkutsk - $695

Students enroll for Full Summer RSL as described above. A total of 160 academic hours of language instruction are delivered in addition to a four-week course on Siberian Environmental History. The final two weeks of the program are spent on a GBT Trail Building Expedition.

Program costs: Full summer RSL ($6,695) + Seminar ($695) = $7,390.

Dates: The Environmental History courses typically starts in late June, with the trail building expedition taking place in early August.

RS-312:
Siberian Environmental History
Siberia's environmental problems caused by the transition from a planned economy to a free market economy and what the government, businesses, and NGOs are doing about it.
Academic Hours: 28


GBT Trail Building Expedition

Volunteers help construct sustainable ecotourism infrastructure as part of a massive trail building project around beautiful Lake Baikal. Volunteers will carve trail beds, clear fallen trees and dwarf pines from the trail, build new trail, construct small bridges and dikes, and more! More information can be found on the GBT site.

Anthropology - Bishkek - $795

Students enroll for Full Summer RSL as described above. A total of 180 academic hours of language instruction are delivered in addition to a four-week seminar on The Life of Kyrgyzstan. The final week of the program is spent on a horse trek through the local mountains.

Program costs: Full summer RSL ($6,695) + Seminar ($795) = $7,490.

Dates: This seminar and trek take place in the period of late June-late July.

The Life of Kyrgyzstan
Students will experience a range of guest speakers who will speak on history, culture, and modern social issues, particularly those pertaining to rural life in Kyrgyzstan. Students will also learn more about the local cuisine by learning its place in Kyrgyz history and culture and learning to prepare it themselves.

Horse Trek
Spend a week exploring the rugged mountains beyond Bishkek. Daytime activities are plentiful and varied. In the mountain valleys, it's possible to see the occasional mountain sheep and hear the high-pitched screech of marmots. Watch eagles soar overhead and savor being physically active in the clean mountain air. You'll probably meet some of the locals that live and work in the mountains - and probably even be invited in for some traditional hospitality to help you rest a bit from the journey.

Art and Museums - St. Petersburg - $1,295

Students enroll for Full Summer RSL as described above. A total of 180 academic hours of language instruction are delivered in addition to a three-week seminar on Art and Museums in Russia.

Program costs: Full summer RSL ($6,695) + Seminar ($1,295) = $7,990.

Dates: This 3-week seminar takes place from mid-June to early-July.

Russia's rich cultural heritage is complimented by a unique emphasis that Russians place on history and education. This has helped Russia produce one of the world's most extensive museum systems, one well-known for not only for impressive collections but also thematic versatility, multiplicity of display modes, and sheer number of institutions. With private and public support, many of Russia's museums are being modernized and new museums are being established. Russians have also supported this as some of the world's most avid museum enthusiasts.

Art and Museums in Russia seeks to understand the Russian museum phenomenon and covers wide subject matter. Topics include: the history of collecting, the "museumification" of historic and cultural sites, museum operations (including storage facilities, restoration labs, exhibition curation, education, and development), integration of technology and interactivity, and museum educational work.

Art and Museums in Russia is for students looking to understand not only Russia's cultural and historical heritage, but also how cultural and historical heritage can be best preserved and transmitted. Over an intensive three weeks in beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia, we will take a behind-the-scenes look at the Hermitage Museum, and explore a plethora of others including educational museums at schools of higher learning, scientific museums, museums of ethnography, memorial apartment museums, literary museums, political history museums, and more.

Art and Museums in Russia is a comprehensive venue-based immersive course consisting of twelve days of lectures / museum visits and one week of self-directed investigation and writing a research paper (6 to 8 pages). Throughout the journey students are required to maintain a detailed journal of visits to facilitate organization of the vast material covered.

Your final paper should focus on some aspect of museum practice introduced in the course and should be informed by your experiences in situ. The topic needs to be approved by the instructor. You are encouraged to actively engage outside sources to situate your experiences within a larger picture of the field. Be ready to present your research in a ten-minute PowerPoint presentation at a student conference at the Hermitage Youth Center on the last day of the course.

Religion - Georgia - $1,595

Students enroll for Full Summer RSL as described above. A total of 120 academic hours of language instruction are delivered in addition to a three-week seminar devoted to religion.

Program costs: Full summer RSL ($6,695) + Seminar ($1,595) = $8,290.
**Housing in Georgia also included as listed.
**Because a visa is not required for this location, it is possible to add this seminar to base RSL programs in other SRAS locations. Contact us for more information.

Georgia has always been a land of multiple faiths: Judaism, Islam, Christian Orthodoxy, and Paganism have a long and unique history of coexistence. In the three-week course, we’ll begin in Tbilisi at the Georgian-American University where you’ll hear lectures on the role of religious traditions in the history and current life of Georgia, followed by thematic lectures on religious and secular traditions in Georgia. Topics will include: Church music, spiritual art, church and temple architecture, the unique history of Georgian Jews, Islam in Georgia, the persistence of paganistic practices, and the era of Soviet Official Atheism. 

We will learn to reflect upon and better understand religious traditions, issues, questions, and values in Georgia, thereby enhancing and expanding our understanding of how religion and spirituality shape our own lives. 

Lectures will be enhanced and extended through outside nonfiction and fiction readings, daily discussion sessions, and frequent visits to museums, galleries, and local sites. In the classroom, you’ll learn the history and the contemporary context; in the field, you’ll come to understand how religion and spirituality are interwoven into the landscape of Georgia.

During the last two weeks of the trip, the group will travel the length and breadth of Georgia, an alpine country about the size of West Virginia or Ireland. You'll see Tblisi as well as rural villages and everything from midieval monestaries to gorgeous beaches. There are so many sights to see, but we’ll focus on the spiritual sites that are central to the religious history of Georgia (without missing the scrumptious culinary traditions and the stunning natural beauty of this countryside!).

 

Details

*Costs: Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, visa and registration, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, housing as listed below, round-trip airport transfers, SRAS in-country support, and use of a mobile telephone for the duration of the program.

*Housing:
  - Programs in Russia and Bishkek include dormitory accommodation; home stay is available in all Russian locations and in Bishkek at additional cost.
  - Programs in Kiev include home stay with half board. Shared apartments may be available upon request.
  - Summer program in Batumi (Georgia) includes home stay with breakfast. Dinner option available at additional cost.

*Prerequisites: There are no GPA or previous Russian language study requirements for RSL courses. The only limitations may be in scheduling of beginners' courses, which usually only start at the beginning of the semester or summer sessions.

*Program Objectives: Two semesters of RSL is the equivalent of two to three years of college-level Russian at home. You will gain the language skills to be a strong candidate in many career opportunities in and related to Russia. After this academic year, we recommend continued studies in specific courses or internships related to your academic and professional objectives.

*About the Classes: Class size can range from 2 to 12, but is usually 4-6. When you arrive for your program, you will be placed in a group according to your language level, as determined by a short written or oral exam. Depending on your level, you may be placed in a group that is already formed, or with other new arrivals of the same level. Note that for programs outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg, particularly in the summer, enrollment can be such that you may have individual lessons rather than group lessons. Individual lessons are more intensive than group lessons and thus those students on individual lessons may have a reduced schedule.

*Program Dates/Availability: Dates may vary slightly by location. Not all sessions may be available in all locations. Please inquire with us to confirm dates.

*Academic Hours: An academic hour is 40 minutes. Totals listed are minimum hours for full-semester or summer-session courses. Customized courses will vary. Some locations may offer additional seminars in language or other subjects. Some locations may offer additional intensive individual lessons - in this case the overall number of hours may be shortened as individual lessons are far more intensive than group lessons. Customized courses are available for advanced students and heritage speakers with specific interests. See our FAQ page and/or contact SRAS for more information.

*Credit Transfer and Transcripts: While a 15-week semester of RSL is designed to be the equivalent of 15-18 credits (summer is 8-9 credits), how many credits your home university may award depends entirely on your home university. SRAS recommends discussing this with your advisor and SRAS before you apply. Students planning on applying for credit transfer must read our FAQ page for more info. Transcripts may be requested (click for details) and are issued by the host university.

* School of Record: Unless noted here, the School of Record is the host university, which will issue the trancript.

RSL in Ukraine and Georgia. Stetson University acts as the School of Record and will issue an official transcript reflecting academic work through this program. As an accredited institution, this academic credit is easily transferrable to any other accredited institution in the United States. This is included in the program cost. Effective Spring 2017.

RSL in St. Petersburg, Russia. Stetson University acts as the School of Record and will issue an official transcript reflecting academic work through this program. As an accredited institution, this academic credit is easily transferrable to any other accredited institution in the United States. This is optional and NOT included in the program cost. By default the host university, St. Petesrburg State University of Economics and Finance, will issue the transcript unlee the Stetson transcript is specifically requested in advance. Effective Summer 2017. Cost - $350.

RSL in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. University of Montana acts as the School of Record and will issue an official transcript reflecting academic work through this program. As an accredited institution, this academic credit is easily transferrable to any other accredited institution in the United States. This is included in the program cost.  

**Visa Concerns for Kiev Programs: Please note that due to visa considerations, stays in Kiev are kept to under 90 days. Dates and class intensity may thus vary based on student needs. Contact us to discuss your options - longer programs are possible if brief travel outside of Ukraine is added (at additional cost) within the 90-day period, for example, or if an upgraded visa is obtained (at additional cost). 

Youth in St. Petersburg by K. Drischler
Youth in St. Petersburg.
Photo by SRAS student
K. Drischler.
Red Square by H. Frank
Red Square.
Photo by SRAS student
H. Frank.
Traveling in rural Russia by K. Rozic
Traveling rural Russia.
Photo by SRAS student
K. Rozic.

"Thank you very much for all of your help and guidance over the past few months. The SRAS staff have been extremely kind and supportive, and I could not have asked for a better study abroad experience or student blogging experience. I never miss an opportunity to mention SRAS to fellow students at IU who are considering traveling to the former Soviet Union, and hope to see more Hoosiers choose SRAS over some of the far more bland and boring options available to them for overseas study.”

A. Wilson - Summer 2013 (Kiev)







 

 

 

"Siberia has been fantastic! I have enjoyed all of the excursions, the linguistic university, and all that life requires in Irkutsk. My Russian skills have blossomed. I am very glad that I chose to endure the non-English city first. It has been frustrating and beneficial."

Corinne Hughes – Fall 2011 (Irkutsk), Spring 2012 (St. Petersburg)

 

 



 

(Moscow Coordinator) Lisa is AMAZING!! She is always available and willing to help anyone in the SRAS program and she really makes you feel supported which is hard to do in this crazy city. I love this program, I'm going to recommend that my department suggest it to other students every year. Thank you for everything!!

N. Szablya, 2009

 


 

 



 

I feel like SRAS is an organization that cares about their clients. I don't know how many times I emailed (Program Director) Renee before my trip and had a response... no matter how insignificant it was, within a couple hours. I never felt like I was on my own... I feel confident recommending this organization to anyone who is looking to go to Russia.

D. Bunkelman, 2004

 



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