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Russian Learning Abroad

Study Russian Abroad

Studying abroad will enrich your study of Russian immeasurably and the Russian Program strongly encourages you to do so if you can. You can participate in a summer, semester, or full year program. No matter how long you spend, the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture is transformative. Please meet with us if you are interested in studying abroad so we can discuss your options. We will ensure that you are well-prepared for the program you select and that you receive credit towards your degree for the work you do while abroad. 

Student Experiences

"The decision to study abroad with support from FLAS reigns supreme as the most memorable experience from my collegiate career. I participated in an SRAS Program. Living in the heart of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan with a Kyrgyz family, I was able to see firsthand the vibrant culture of Central Asia. Speaking Russian in this immersive way gave me confidence in my language abilities and helped me identify the areas of the language where I was lacking. I had the opportunity to take a week-long horse trek through the Tien Shan mountain range. I experienced the jaw-dropping natural beauties of Kyrgyzstan, slept in several yurts, took heated bucket showers, and drank large quantities of horse milk. I have never met such welcoming people nor had such an incredible adventure."

- Parker Lester


Approved Programs

There are two study abroad providers whose programs we endorse and who have been pre-approved by the Office of Learning Abroad. Each organization is long established and offers programs of different lengths and in different locations.  


SRAS offers Russian language programs in the following cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, Vladivostok and Kazan. They also offer programs where you can study Russian in: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Kyiv, Ukraine. 

SRAS program content varies by location and you will be able to find a program that provides Russian language AND content appropriate to a second major, e.g., International Relations and Journalism in St. Petersburg or Environmental Studies in Irkutsk.  



The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) runs programs in both Moscow and St. Petersburg. In addition to language study, their programs allow students to focus on Business or International Relations.

CIEE helps people develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world, and contributes to a more peaceful global community by humanizing international relations.


Visit the Office of Learning Abroad to learn more about these programs and the steps towards a successful application.

**It is possible to select a different program, but you must work with Learning Abroad to make sure they approve the program and clear your choice with us well in advance. We cannot guarantee credit transfer unless you do so. 


Studying abroad is an investment. As you think about pursuing this option, you will want to find out about all possible means of support. The Office of Learning Abroad has helpful information about scholarships. As a Russian student, you are eligible to apply for a Foreign Language Area Scholarship through the University of Utah’s Asia Center. For more helpful funding information, visit this page at

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Last Updated: 7/13/22