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Study Abroad

We encourage you to supplement your Russian language studies with a summer, one or two semesters of study in Russia. Experience in an immersion environment will boost your language skills and provide you with a unique opportunity to experience Russian culture firsthand. 

It's a good idead to start thinking about studying abroad early in your language learning career. For general advice on studying abroad, choosing a program and choosing a city, please contact Evgeny Dengub ( Check with the Umass IPO for application deadlines, available financial aid, specific program requirements and academic credit early on in your decision-making process.

Approved Semester-long Programs

Middlebury Schools Abroad (Programs in Moscow, Yaroslavl and Irkutsk)

American Councils (ACTR) (Programs in Moscow and in Saint Petersburg)

CIEE (Program in Saint Petersburg) 

Other Programs in Russia to Consider

The Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg

The Bard-Smolny College in St. Petersburg
Offers summer, semester and academic year programs in Russia’s only liberal arts college.

Approved Summer Programs

Middlebury Russian Language Summer School (although not in Russia, Middlebury is one of the most well-known intensive summer language programs. It has a reputation of excellent teaching in an intense immersion setting. Scholarships are available) 

American Councils (ACTR) (Programs in Moscow and in Saint Petersburg)

CIEE (Saint Petersburg) 

Other Programs to Consider

Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg (offers a great, affordable 6-week program in Russia's cultural capital)

Summer Language Institute, Indiana University (A good alternative to Middlebury's summer school if finances are a concern)

Monterey Institute (One of the few institutions of higher learning that certifies translators. The summer program in Russian has an excellent reputation.)