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  • Locations: St Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Program Sponsor: American Councils (ACTR) 
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Term Year Grinnell Approval Deadline Grinnell Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Fall 2019 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
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Subject Areas of Interest: European Studies, History, Russian & Eurasian Studies Language of Study: Russian
Campus Program Advisor: Kelly Herold OCS Contact: Jonathan Larson
Language Prereq: 4 semesters Housing: Dorm, Home Stay
Program Description:

Why study in St. Petersburg with ACTR?

  • Explore a city with a fascinating history that is one of Russia’s culturally most dynamic

  • Improve your Russian through a language program that is one of the oldest and most respected in Russia

  • Learn about Russian society through coursework, homestays, weekly excursions, volunteering, and more
     

Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:

History
Russian, Central, and East European Studies

 

 

Program Overview

One of the oldest and most respected overseas Russian immersion programs available to students today, RLASP 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.

RLASP serves both graduate and undergraduate students as well as working professionals. The academic year, semester, and summer programs provide approximately 20 hours per week of in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation, and cultural studies at Moscow International University, the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen Institute) in St. Petersburg, and the KORA Center for Russian Language in Vladimir. In the fall of 2014, American Councils also launched RLASP at Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan for students who wish to study Russian in an immersion environment but are unable to travel to Russia due to funding restrictions or other concerns.

Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of Russia, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue internships, volunteering, hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context. Content courses for area studies credit are offered in subjects such as Russian literature and history, political science, and contemporary Russian society. All courses are taught in Russian by expert faculty with experience teaching foreign students.

One day per week of the academic program is set aside for local cultural excursions. Excursions and travel include major sites such as art galleries and churches, but also include destinations off the beaten path. Students also participate on an extended regional field studies outside their host city.

Participants have the option of living with host families or in university dormitories. Host families provide private rooms and engage students in conversation and culture. All participants receive two meals per day.