American Councils (ACTR): Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP)

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One of the oldest and most respected overseas Russian immersion programs available to students today, the Advanced Russian Language & Areas Studies Program (RLASP) is designed to improve participants' oral, listening, reading, and writing prof... read more

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I gained language skills and experiences that I never would have gotten if I hadn't gone on this trip. - University of Maryland - College Park View Entire Review
September 20, 2019 Semester Of A Lifetime
My experiece was worth while. I learned a lot about myself but I learned even more about the Russian langauge and culutre. Living with a family allows you to see how Russians live and you can pick up on the differences of how the language is spoken at home and in the classroom. It provides you with amazing resources to learn abo... - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee View Entire Review
I learned so much about Russian culture and language. I made new friends and shared so many wonderful experiences. I would do it all again tomorrow if I could. - American University View Entire Review
I exponentially improved my speaking and comprehension abilities, I made meaningful and lasting friendships with locals. It was completely worthwhile. - Bryn Mawr College View Entire Review
I made huge language gains, which was my intention for going. I also met lifelong friends and learned a lot about Russian people, culture, and history, which I loved. - Temple University View Entire Review
My language skills improved and I learned more about Russian culture. Definitely worthwhile. - George Mason University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with American Councils (ACTR): Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP)
Better understanding of Russian people, history and culture. - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
I learned to be more understanding and less judgemental of the culture I was immersing in. It was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I wished to improve my Russian language skills while abroad. I was able to improve my Russian however I did not enjoy my time abroad. - Barnard College View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. The culture is vastly different from anything I was used to, which was challenging, but in only five weeks I feel like my experience has prepared me for almost any other country I could find myself. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Absolutely. I've learned a lot about myself, Russian culture and language, and my interests looking forward. - Tufts University View Entire Review
Aside from the language and culture, I grew a lot as a person while studying abroad in Moscow. - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
I've learned so many things. From actually taking classes to life lessons and personal development, I'd say that this program is 100% worthwhile. - University of Southern California View Entire Review
I gained an entirely new perspective on the world. It wasn't always easy, but being confronted with another culture halfway around the world that lives in an entirely different way opened my eyes to how different, and yet similar the world is, and how beautiful other people and places can be. It was eye-opening, jaw-dropping, n... - George Washington University View Entire Review
I learned a great deal more about Russian culture, history, and politics. Additionally my Russian language developed significantly. - George Washington University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with American Councils (ACTR): Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP)
I learned a lot about living on my own, I improved my russian language skills, and made some great lifelong friends. - University of Maryland - College Park View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
Intense and intimate cultural exposure to life in Russia. - Portland State University View Entire Review
I was also able to conduct my predissertation research when not in class. Mostly, I loved my host family and speaking to them in Russian. - Michigan State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with American Councils (ACTR): Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP)
I learned not only how to express my thoughts, ideas, and emotions in another language, but also learned how to better understand the Russian people. Definitely a worthwhile experience! - American University View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
That what Americans expound as being Russia is completely false. I garnered a completely different understanding of the country after my time in Moscow Plus. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Yes - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Yes. So much more independent and outgoing from it. Greatly impacted my cultural awareness. I am much more openminded. I know a lot about Russian history and culture aspects I could have only gained from living there. I am now double majoring thanks to this program. I absolutely loved everything about their culture. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
For how expensive the experience was, I and many of my classmates were extremely unprepared for the situations we were going to expect. Part of this is the fault of the SAO, and part of this is because of the extreme weather conditions we experienced in our study time. I really feel like the SAO could have done a better job plan... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review
My study abroad experience (in Russia) was everything I wanted it to be, and just a little more. But the bottom line is that I walked away knowing Russian language and culture, which I couldn't have learned in the US. - Tulane University View Entire Review

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One of the oldest and most respected overseas Russian immersion programs available to students today, the Advanced Russian Language & Areas Studies Program (RLASP) is designed to improve participants' oral, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in the Russian language and to develop their knowledge of Russian history, politics, culture, and society. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of the host country, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context. Program locations include Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, and Almaty.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Russian
Language Requirement(s):
  • Russian
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • European Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language, Literature
  • Russian, Central and East European Studies
  • Russian Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.7
Year Founded:
1974
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