Russian Heritage speakers program
The Russian Heritage Speakers program addresses the unique challenges faced by students who grew up speaking Russian in the U.S. Through individualized instruction and cultural immersion activities, the program enables heritage speakers to make rapid gains in speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills.
Offered in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir, Russia and Almaty, Kazakhstan
Available during Fall, Spring, Academic Year, and Summer (8 week) terms
15 – 20 hours per week of intensive coursework in Russian grammar, conversation, and vocabulary; may include classes with Russian students at the host university
Individualized courses - participants actively shape their own curricula; academic year students may design an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty expert, culminating in a seminar-length paper in Russian
Participants earn 15-16 U.S. academic credits per semester (8-10 for summer) in Russian language and regional studies through Bryn Mawr College
Housing with carefully-selected, experienced host families or in university dorms; host families provide two meals per day
Weekly excursions led by U.S. resident directors to local sites of historical and cultural significance, such as theatres, museums, and national parks
Extended regional field study excursions outside the host city, led by U.S. resident directors
Comprehensive health, accident, and evacuation insurance for all participants abroad
Financial aid from American Councils is available for the Russian Heritage Speakers program. Please visit www.acstudyabroad.org/financialaid to learn more about available scholarships.
- Participants must be heritage speakers of Russian
- Minimum 2.7 GPA
- At least 18 years old by application deadline
Summer programs: February 15
Fall / Academic Year programs: March 15
Spring programs: October 15
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Complete program information, including an online application, is available on the Russian Heritage Speakers program website at www.acstudyabroad.org/heritage
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