advanced russian language and area studies program (rlasp)
The Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP) combines intensive Russian language instruction with a wide range of extracurricular activities, including internships and community service, regional field study excursions, meetings with conversation partners, and discussion groups with local students.
Offered in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Tbilisi, Georgia and Yerevan, Armenia
Available during Fall, Spring, Academic Year, and Summer (8 week) terms
20 hours per week of intensive coursework in Russian grammar, vocabulary, and phonetics; additional course topics include Russian history, literature, political science, and mass media. All classes taught in Russian by expert host-institution faculty
Russian language conversation partners for two hours per week
Participants earn 15-16 U.S. academic credits per semester (8-10 for summer) in Russian language and regional studies through Bryn Mawr College
Housing with carefully-selected, experienced host families or in university dorms; host families provide two meals per day
Weekly excursions led by U.S. resident directors to local sites of historical and cultural significance, such as theatres, museums, and national parks
Extended regional field study excursions outside the host city, led by U.S. resident directors; RLASP groups in Russia have visited sites such as Volgograd and Saratov, while groups in Almaty have traveled to Astana and Ust-Kamenogorsk
Comprehensive health, accident, and evacuation insurance for all participants abroad
Financial aid from American Councils is available for RLASP. Please visit www.acstudyabroad.org/financialaid to learn more about available scholarships.
- 2 semesters of college-level Russian or the equivalent
- Minimum 2.7 GPA
- At least 18 years old by application deadline
Summer programs: February 15
Fall / Academic Year programs: March 15
Spring programs: October 15
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Complete program information, including an online application, is available on the RLASP website at www.acstudyabroad.org/rlasp
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