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

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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. SRAS also has a range of programs that offer RSL with other subject courses. With SRAS, it's all up to you.

Dates and Costs

Semester Options

Spring: Cost: $9,295
Feb 4- May 24, 2019  (Apply by Oct 15, 2018)

Fall: Cost: $9,295
     Sep 2 - Dec 13, 2019  (Apply by May 15, 2019)

Summer Options

Full Summer (10 weeks): Cost: $6,995
     May 27 - Aug 2, 2019  (Apply by: March 15, 2019) 

Early Summer (8 weeks): Cost: $6,095
     May 27 - July 19, 2019  (Apply by: March 15, 2019) 

Late Summer (6 weeks): Cost: $5,195
     June 24 - Aug 2, 2019  (Apply by: March 15, 2019)

Special summer options! Odessa, Ukraine is an additional location open for summer RSL programs; Vladivostok is unavailable as a summer RSL location.

Academic Year, 2018-2019

Full Year: Cost: $17,495
     Sep - May/June  (Apply by May 15, 2019)

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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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, Odessa, 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.


Get More Credits Abroad!

Students looking to study more than just Russian can chose programs offering subject courses in English along with intenstive Russian language study. Each location has courses developed to complement the educational and cultural resources of that location. All courses are designed for credit transfer to US universities.* Note that programs are expandable with additional weeks of RSL (see Flexible and Custom RSL, above) if desired. Choose between: 



*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.

  - 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.  

*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.
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H. Frank.
Traveling in rural Russia by K. Rozic
Traveling rural Russia.
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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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