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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia
  • Program Terms: Autumn Semester, SpringSemester(W/Sp), Summer Quarter, Year (A/W/Sp)
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  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
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Program Information:

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 Location  Moscow, Russia
 Autumn Semester, Spring Semester
 Academic Year
 Credits  20 - 25 UW credits per semester; 40 - 45 UW credits per year
 Eligibility  3.0 GPA preferred; applicants must have completed Russian 203 before departure
 Adviser  Mike Renes |
 Application    Deadline  February 15 (Autumn Semester, Academic Year); August 15 (Spring Semester)
  General 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

Moscow, once draped in Soviet symbols, has readily adopted the trappings of capitalism and is now replete with neon billboards and shopping malls. Decidedly the center of political and economic power, the capital now rivals St. Petersburg in culture and the arts. The Moscow International University serves as the host institution for RLASP participants in Moscow. Founded by G. A. Yagodin, Minister of Education under Mikhail Gorbachev, Moscow International is the first accredited private university in the post-Soviet Russian Federation. It specializes in the teaching of foreign languages, economics, finance, management, ecology, and sociology. American Councils places students in the university's Department of Russian as a Foreign Language.


American Councils semester, academic year, and summer programs maximize linguistic and cultural immersion into Russian society. All programs feature approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction; roughly sixteen hours of which are dedicated to Russian-language study. Students are placed according to proficiency level in groups of three-to-five for language classes. Core Russian language classes include Russian Conversation, Phonetics, Russian Grammar, and Lexical Studies. Area studies offerings include (but are not limited to) Studies in Mass Media, Russian Literature, Russian History and Politics, and Contemporary Russian Society; all area studies and literature courses are taught in Russian.

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.



Application Process

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.

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See Withdrawals for information about program withdrawal policies.