Russian as a Second Language
Study Russian in Russia
This Program is Available in: Moscow and St. Petersburg
Russian as a Second Language
(RSL) program packages are designed for flexibility to suit almost any need or interest. Take advanced courses or start with the basics. Home Stays and TORFL Testing are optionally available. Full summer programs can be combined with seminars and adventures ranging from business courses to horse trekking. With SRAS, it's all up to you.
RS-100/200/300/400 Russian Language Study
- Small, intensive classes focuses on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics. Upper level options vary by location and can include literature, film, or specialized language training (political/economic, media, translation).
- Academic Hours: Summer early/full: 160/200*
RS-101: Culture Lab
- Excursions, seminars, and other out-of-the-classroom experiences at locations of historical, cultural, or other interest. Syllabi available for: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Bishkek, Vladivostok, Irkutsk, and Kiev.
Optional: RS-103/203/303: Intensive Russian Tutoring
- Take optional, intensive hours of individual tutoring customized to your level and needs. Additional cost varies by location. Contact SRAS for more information.
Optional Summer Seminars
- Customise your full summer program with these optional seminars to learn even more about Russia or Central Asia! Note that these seminars will take place within the same timeframe as the full summer RSL. General dates are listed below for your information. RSL must be taken in the same location as the seminar. To apply - just sign up for a full summer of RSL in the appropriate location and send your SRAS representative a note saying that you want the add-on package!
The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) is a team of consultants and advisers dedicated to education and educational opportunities offered by Russia and Eurasia. Our team has studied within the Russian educational system and worked closely with institutions for many years to identify and develop programs of interest and value to international students.
The Russian as a Second Language (RSL) summer program is an intensive exposure to Russian grammar, conversation, writing, and phonetics. Classes are conducted mostly in Russian and course materials will focus on practical elements of everyday Russian life, Russian culture and history, as well as Russian customs and traditions.
Moscow is an easy choice in choosing a study abroad location for those students interested in politics or economics. Russia's undisputed political and economic capital. Entities headquarted within Moscow control nearly 25% of Russia's GDP. The Kremlin sits at the top of Russia's strongly vertical federal structure and makes the country's foreign policy decisions.
Moscow State University (MGU) is Russia's top ranked university. The massive Stalinist silhouette of its main building (the dorm) is beloved by Muscovites as a symbol of their city. Students from all over the world come here to study among the more than 30,000 Russian students who are also enrolled. This surrounds you with modern Russian youth while also allowing you to form support groups of people from English-speaking countries. MGU is for those who like to be in the center of action in a bustling metropolis and are willing to make the effort to seek out Russian friends for language practice and cultural immersion.
Students may choose to live either in a dorm or in a homestay. Interested students may explore SRAS' Housing:Rules and Choices guide for more information.
Education Abroad Coordinator
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one.
Courses and Credits
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
- Be approved 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.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.
This program features approximately 20 contact hours per week of in-class Russian-language instruction. Students are placed according to proficiency level in groups of 3-5 for core Russian language classes. Students will also take part in a Culture Lab, which includes excursions, seminars, and cultural activities relevant to the program's location. Interested students can find sample descriptions for Moscow
on the SRAS website.
Undergraduate students can expect to earn approximately 10 credits on this program. 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.
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 SRAS Russian as a Second Language: Moscow program offers the following options:
- Early Summer 8 weeks (May 27-July 19): 10 credits
- Full Summer 10 weeks (May 27 - Aug 2): ~ 13 credits
Please refer to the SRAS website
for more detailed information.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be in good academic standing and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements
and Conditions for Participation
. Students are strongly recommended to have completed two years 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.
Applicants are reminded to apply only for the Eight Week Early Session
or the Ten Week Full Summer Session
in either Moscow or St. Petersburg.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
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 SRAS 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, 2019. The SRAS program fee includes tuition, visa and registration, pre-departure materials, in-country orientation, housing, in-country airport transfers, in-country support, and use of a mobile phone for the duration of the program.
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 SRAS-specific Scholarships and Aid page
for additional funding opportunities.
- Tuesday, January 9; 4:00-5:00; 100 Enarson Classroom Building
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov
(travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel
(pre-travel health guidance)
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.