|| QUICK FACTS
|| St. Petersburg, Russia
| Autumn Semester, Spring Semester
| Academic Year
|| 20 - 25 UW credits per semester; 40 - 45 UW credits per year
|| 3.0 GPA preferred; applicants must have completed Russian 203 before departure
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| Application Deadline
|| February 15 (Autumn Semester, Academic Year); August 15 (Spring Semester)
||The American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) serves both undergraduate and graduate students as well as working professionals. The academic program is designed to improve participants' oral, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in Russian language and to develop their knowledge of Russian history, politics, culture, and society.
| Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
Where You Will Study
St. Petersburg, Russia's most western city, is a monument to the country's past imperial grandeur. A work of art in itself, St. Petersburg remains the center of Russia's artistic life. The Russian State Pedagogical (Gertsen) University serves as the host institution to RLASP participants in St. Petersburg. Located just behind the Kazan Cathedral in downtown St. Petersburg, the Gertsen University is one of the leading educational institutions in all of Russia. American Councils places students in the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language.
The American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) serves both graduate and undergraduate students as well as working professionals. The academic program is designed to improve participants' oral, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in Russian language and to develop their knowledge of Russian history, politics, culture, and society. The academic year, semester, and summer programs provide approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation, and cultural studies at Moscow International University, the Russian State Pedagogical University (Gertsen Institute) in St. Petersburg, and the KORA Center for Russian Language in Vladimir. One day per week of the academic program is set aside for local cultural excursions. A full-time U.S. resident director provides ongoing logistical support and emergency assistance to participants. Peer tutoring, internships, community service, and a broad range of extracurricular activities offer U.S. students a unique opportunity to connect with Russian friends and actively engage in Russian daily life.
All courses are conducted by host university faculty with extensive experience in teaching Russian as a foreign language to American students. Faculty at partner universities also attend regular development seminars sponsored by American Councils and led by U.S. experts in Russian-language pedagogy. Recent seminars have addressed American academic culture, the American idea of a liberal arts education, student-centered learning, and communicative teaching strategies.
Program participants may live in a university dormitory or with a Russian host family. The majority of American Councils participants choose the host-family option. All host families provide private rooms, telephone access, and keys for their American guests. Host families also provide two meals per day. Living with a host family immerses program participants in everyday Russian life, while offering some of the comforts of home. Host families also expose participants to authentic, contemporary language and culture in informal, social settings.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
In most cases, if you are attending an affiliated program you will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, the program provider or institution operating the program. The IPE Administrative Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.
For more information, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage.
To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to ACTR by their specified deadline. Visit the program homepage for more information on how to apply with ACTR.
See Application FAQs for additional information about applications.
See Withdrawals for information about program withdrawal policies.