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Study Abroad Opportunities in Russia

It’s that time! Time to apply for programs for Summer and Fall 2020! This week we’ll be featuring study abroad programs and internships in the former Eastern Bloc and USSR, as well as intensive summer programs here in the US, for Russian and other Eurasian languages. This is not an exhaustive list of opportunities, but it’s a good place to get started.

So to get us started, let’s take a look at some of the biggest programs for going to Russia. Most of these have already been used by WFU students, so they already come with the WFU seal of approval. Some of them only offer programs in Russia, while others offer programs all over Eurasia.

American Councils/ACTR

BakuWant to study Azerbaijani in Baku? ACTR will help you get there!

American Councils, also known as ACTR, offers programs all over Russia, Eurasia, the Balkans, and Asia. Some highlights include their Russian Heritage Speakers program, their Business Russian Language & Internship program, their Eurasian Regional Language program that offers courses in languages ranging from Armenian to Uzbek, and their Balkan Languages Initiative. They offer summer, semester, and full-year programs.


Lake Baikal

Interested in the environment as well as Russian? You can study both on the shores of beautiful Lake Baikal in Siberia!

The School of Russian and Asian Studies, commonly known as SRAS, offers programs and internships all over the former Eastern Bloc and USSR. Known for their innovative programming, they offer a variety of unique opportunities ranging from Central Asian Studies in Bishkek, to a program on Language and the Environment on Lake Baikal, to their Cuba-Russia Connection summer program that will take you from Havana to St. Petersburg. They are also one of the most budget-friendly study abroad programs, and offer a range of funding opportunities as well.

Bard Abroad


Want to go somewhere far from the beaten path? Consider Bard’s program in Kyrgyzstan!

Bard Abroad offers both semester and summer programs in St. Petersburg, Russia and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Bard Abroad has been particularly popular with WFU students, who have been universally pleased with their study abroad adventures! Scholarships may be available.


St Petersburg

Want to spend a summer or semester in St. Petersburg, one of the art capitals of the world? CIEE can help!

CIEE is the longest-running study abroad program to Russia. It’s been sending American students to St. Petersburg since back when it was still called Leningrad. A WFU student spent last semester there with them, and loved the experience.

American Home

Vladimir 3

Visit Russia’s Golden Ring and the medieval capital Vladimir with American Home

American Home offers intensive Russian language programs as well as opportunities to teach English in Vladimir. They also offer Alternative Spring Break and Maymester programs, if you want to go there but don’t have a whole summer or semester available.

These are just some of the study abroad opportunities available! For more information, please contact Professor Clark at

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