Language Study With SRAS
With SRAS, you can pursue your passion for languages abroad or online.
SRAS believes that the immersive experience of being abroad is irreplaceable. Being immersed in the culture and language, navigating daily life abroad and making daily local connections will prove to be a uniquely powerful and transformative time in your time. It is also essential for developing fluency in a foreign language and culture.
Experiences online are also invaluable. Whether preparing for study abroad, maintaining your language skills, striving for focused language development, or just staying connected to what life is like abroad, SRAS Online can help you achieve your goals.
All SRAS study abroad programs allow for language study. SRAS programs can meet the needs of diverse student interests and goals.
Language study is available with ALL PROGRAMS as either an intensive program core or as an optional elective. All locations offer additional courses specifically designed to that location’s strengths so as to maximize the value of the study abroad location and diversify the possible transfer credits that you can earn while abroad.
Russian as a Second Language is most popular and is available in all SRAS locations, again, most often as an intensive program core with additional classes available.
Other languages are also available. Kyiv additionally offers Ukrainian, while in Kyrgyzstan, a range of Central Asian languages including Kyrgyz and Tajik are available. In Warsaw, Polish may be taken as an elective.
Irkutsk, Vladivostok, and Bishkek are our most immersive locations for Russian as a Second Language. St. Petersburg, Kyiv, and Moscow also offer excellent Russian language instruction in a supportive environment.
Browse our programs abroad and contact us with questions. We’ll be happy to hear from you!
SRAS Online offers a range of options accommodate individual goals and schedules. Note that each of the listings below will often have multiple options.
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. It is a great launching pad from which to continue on with other SRAS courses – online or in-country.
Time Commitment: Meet 1 hr/week x 4 weeks, approximately 1 hr/week asynchronous work
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 live, small group sessions allow you to apply what you are learning by taking part in an informal chat with a Russian peer. Each new topic gives you an opportunity to learn a little more about life in Russia, as well!
Time Commitment: Meet 1 hr/week x 6 weeks
Level: 2nd and 3rd year Russian
Are there aspects of Russian grammar that trip you up again and again? Areas that you really want to drill until they come naturally? The Russian Grammar Challenge is an opportunity for you to focus on some of the more challenging aspects of the Russian language. Sometimes simply hearing another explanation or taking another approach can make all the difference. Or you may need more focused practice time in a small group setting.
Time commitment: Meet 1 hr/week x 6 weeks
Level: 2nd year Russian (A1) and higher
Maintenance / Part Time Russian
Live from Kyiv, Bishkek, or Irkutsk! 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, this course is for you!
Time commitment: from 1-3 meetings per week
Level: All levels
These are introductory courses aimed at those who have studied Russian for the equivalent of two years or more. It is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with another Slavic language and boost your overall understanding and cultural integration in the relevant countries. Many graduate programs in Slavic studies require a second Slavic language.
Time commitment: 1 hr/week x 5 weeks synchronous + asynchronous work. In summer this can shift to a more compact period over 2 weeks.
Levels: Level of Russian should be B2 or above
These professional training courses open up the possibilities for a new career and/or supplemental income. The structure of the courses also provides excellent general language training for more advanced students seeking to widen vocabulary and speaking skills.
Time commitment: 7 weeks, meetings on Saturdays and one weekday evening
Levels: See individual descriptions, but generally B2 as a minimum
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.
Time commitment: 4 lesson series. Individualized – you set the schedule.
Levels: B2 and above, or at least 3 years of study
I spent Fall and Spring with your program in St. Petersburg and it was truly the highlight and culmination of my University experience and just a banner year! I can’t thank you enough for or gush enough about your program. I recommend it to just about everyone I talk to, whether or not they’re interested in learning Russian.
I’m finding the lessons incredibly valuable—they are helping me re-gain some fluency and confidence that had slipped away over several years of not using my language skills often enough. Still a ways to go, but this helps!
The program here is wonderful. All of my teachers have been extremely helpful and I have made friends both here in the dorms and with others who live in the city and find that I often have many opportunities to practice Russian outside of the classroom. Already I feel that my Russian has improved immensely, especially my listening and speaking.
At a time in my life when I was at a crossroads regarding where my career might take me, this course showed me a path that truly inspired me, and I haven’t looked back since.
I wanted to find a program that combined my love of Russia and my passion for environmental studies. Because of my interest in environmental issues, Lake Baikal had always been a site of interest to me. Studying abroad in Siberia gives you the opportunity to see a completely different side of Russia and the Russian people. Just think, few people at home even know that Siberia is anything but a wintery tundra!
My semester back home so far has been incredibly influenced by my semester abroad with SRAS and I find myself talking about it almost daily. Since many of my classes touch on the region (Europe after Socialism, Central Asian Politics), I’m able to add comments and insights unavailable to me before. My contributions to our Russian club have also been greatly enriched. Thank you for everything you did to facilitate this experience and going out of your way to ensure our success.
I’ve studied in Irkutsk and St. Petersburg with SRAS, but [Bishkek] is, by far, my favorite because of the intense focus on speaking skills. I spend about three hours, 4 times a week speaking one-on-one. It’s such a unique opportunity! The people are also especially friendly here. My homestay is fantastic, the coordinator is a never-ending wealth of help, and the food of Central Asia is delicious.