advanced russian language and area studies program (rlasp)
The Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP) combines intensive Russian language instruction with a wide range of extracurricular activities, including internships and community service, regional field study excursions, meetings with conversation partners, and discussion groups with local students.
Offered in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir, Russia.
Available during Fall, Spring, Academic Year, and Summer (8 week) terms
20 hours per week of intensive coursework in Russian grammar, vocabulary, and phonetics; additional course topics include Russian history, literature, political science, and mass media. All classes taught in Russian by expert host-institution faculty
Russian language conversation partners for two hours per week
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; RLASP groups in Russia have visited sites such as Volgograd and Saratov.
Comprehensive health, accident, and evacuation insurance for all participants abroad
Financial aid from American Councils is available for RLASP. Please visit www.acstudyabroad.org/financialaid to learn more about available scholarships.
- 2 semesters of college-level Russian or the equivalent
- Minimum 2.7 GPA
- At least 18 years old by application deadline
Be sure to submit an application both to American Councils and to Ohio State by the posted Ohio State deadline!
Summer programs: February 1
Fall / Academic Year programs: March 1
Spring programs: October 1
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Complete program information, including an online application, is available on the RLASP website at www.acstudyabroad.org/rlasp
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Contact American Councils at firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Programs (RLASP) is designed to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion in Russian society. The academic program is designed to improve participants' oral, listening, reading and writing proficiency in Russian language and to develop their knowledge of Russian history, politics, culture, and society. The academic year, semester and summer programs provide approximately 20 hours per week of in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation and cultural studies at either Moscow International University
, the Russian State Pedagogical University
(Gertsen) in St. Petersburg or the KORA Center for Russian Language in Vladimir. One day per week of the academic program is set aside for local cultural excursions.
Ohio State University has approved only the following locations for the Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP): Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir.
As Russia's capital and the largest city, Moscow is a sprawling metropolis of 10 million residents. The political affairs of the nation and the progress of investment and new business development take place amidst a vital cultural life. St. Petersburg, where Dostoevsky wrote his greatest works, Shostakovich composed his first great symphony and Lenin began his political career, retains many of the baroque splendors of the former empire and a fairy-tale atmosphere of gold-domed churches, elaborate palaces, and riverside parks. With its picturesque cathedrals and monasteries, the Golden Ring city of Vladimir, located 200 km (124 miles) east of Moscow, offers a more leisurely pace of life. Its 360,000 residents have helped to maintain the city's small-town charm with their warm hospitality.
Program participants may live in a university dormitory or with a Russian host family. The majority of American Councils participants choose the host-family option. All host families provide private rooms, telephone access, and keys for their American guests. Host families also provide two meals per day. Living with a host family immerses program participants in everyday Russian life, while offering some of the comforts of home. Host families also expose participants to authentic, contemporary language and culture in informal, social settings. All host families are screened, selected and monitored by American Councils home-stay coordinators and resident directors. Students may change their housing arrangements during the program, although these adjustments require some time to be completed
Ohio State Program Contact
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one.
Courses and Credits
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the Ohio State letter of acceptance. Undergraduate students can expect to earn 10 credits on the summer program, 16 credits on the semester program, and 32 credits on the academic year program.
All language and content classes are conducted in Russian by host university faculty with extensive experience in teaching Russian as a foreign language to American students. Each program features approximately 20 contact hours per week of in-class instruction; roughly 16 of which are dedicated to Russian-language study. Students are placed according to proficiency level in groups of 3-5 for core Russian language classes, including Conversation, Phonetics, Grammar, and Lexical Studies. Area studies offerings include (but are not limited to) Mass Media, Russian Literature, Russian History and Politics, and Contemporary Russian Society.
Graduate and undergraduate students will be evaluated based on the program transcript and on a case-by-case basis. All students are assigned based on the results of a placement exam taken upon arrival in-country. All returning students should expect to take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and/or placement test through the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures to help verify the appropriate credits. Failure to pass satisfactorily will prohibit the student from taking the next language course in the sequence. To learn more about these credits or the credit evaluation process for Russian language programs, interested students should contact Dr. Jenny Suchland
, Undergraduate Studies Chair, or Dr. Larysa Stepanova
, Language Program Coordinator.
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
- Be approved. Student may either select courses from the pre-approved course list or seek course approval via the credit evaluation process (non-language courses, only); students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
- Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
- Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
PLEASE NOTE: Course approval, either via the pre-approved course list or completion of the credit evaluation process, does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students must consult their program provider regarding course availability and talk with their Ohio State academic advisor to ensure that approved course options are appropriate given their degree requirements. All students should have multiple back-up courses approved. Canceling participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy.
This program offers multiple sessions during the summer semester. While completing your OSU application, you will be asked to submit your intended session(s) and credit(s). The Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program offers the following options:
- Summer Session (June 5- Aug 7): 8 undergraduate credits / 10 graduate credits
Students are reminded that only three locations (Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir) are approved. Applicants will be asked to indicate which location they have selected.
Please refer to the American Councils website
for more detailed information.
Applicants are required to submit applications to both OIA (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page) and to American Councils by the Ohio State application deadline.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements
and Conditions for Participation
. Students are strongly recommended to have completed four semesters of college-level Russian prior to departure, but students with two or three completed semesters will be considered. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov
Students will pay the American Councils program fee and GeoBlue international insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third-party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The American Councils program fee includes international airfare from Washington D.C., housing, in-country tuition, most meals, all group travel in Russia, insurance, orientation in Washington, D.C. and a Russian visa.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
Students should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Please review the RLASP page
for additional funding opportunities.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
- Thursday, January 16 from 4:00-5:00 pm; 160 Enarson Classroom Building
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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria
, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.