Language Study With SRAS
All SRAS programs allow for language study.
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 intenstive 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 Farsi are available. In Poland, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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. The university also has a speaking club which is comprised of both Russian and foreign students solely for the purpose of speaking practice in Russian. Already I feel that my Russian has improved immensely,especially my listening and speaking.