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  • Locations: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Sponsor: SRAS 
  • Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 04/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Bishkek: Russian as a Second Language

In Bishkek, you will find a highly personalized and customizable program of intensive language instruction. Although one of our most popular locations, class sizes in Bishkek are the smallest. You will be able to focus on your language skills through personalized attention and optional, specialized language electives, including study of other Central Asian languages. Peer tutoring and an integrated cultural program focusing on Central Asian cultures will take your learning outside the classroom as can optional travel opportunities and active, recommended home stays.


Class size is very small in this program. During the semester, you may be studying primarily one-on-one, perhaps in groups of two or three in some electives. Peer tutoring and other activities are an integrated part of your curriculum and intended to introduce you to the culture and community in Bishkek.

RUSS 193/293/393/403 Russian Language Study
Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics for 20 hours per week.
Fall/Spring: 18 credits; Summer I (10 weeks): 16 credits; Summer I (8 weeks): 12 credits; Summer II (6 weeks): 9 credits.

Elective Language Options
If you are at an intermediate language level (at least 300 level, meaning you've taken 4 semesters of Russian) or higher you can replace some of the above credits with any of the following Russian language electives:

Political and Economic Language (3 credits)
Literature and Film (3 credits)
Russian in the Media (3 credits)
Regional History (3 credits)
Additionally, you can chose to study any of the following Central Asian languages in conjunction with Russian:

Kyrgyz (3 credits)
Tajik (3 credits)
Uzbek (3 credits)
Turkmen (3 credits)
Kazakh (3 credits)

For more information, and to apply, click here.