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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Russian Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.7
Housing Option: Dorm/Residence Hall, Local host family Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Comparative Studies, Environment and Natural Resources, History, Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Third Party Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required, Russian, Slavic Languages and Literatures Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Click here for a definition of this term International Component: In-person
Program Description:

Irkutsk: Language and Environment

Language and the environment are both issues of global importance. Irkutsk provides an exceptionally intensive and immersive experience to study both.

Russian as a Second Language forms the core of this program. During the academic year choose between a study of the Environmental History of Russia or more language electives.


Curriculum - summer -

RS-100/200/300/400 Russian Language Study
Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics.
Summer I (10 weeks): 200 hours; Summer II (8 weeks): 160 hours; Summer III (6 weeks): 120 hours.

Curriculum - spring/fall -

RS-100/200/300/400: Russian Language Study
Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics.
Academic hours: 300

Choose one of the following two tracks:

Individual Language Study
Use these individual hours to develop your language further. Focus on specific aspects, terminology, translation, literature, and more. These hours may be additionally used for individual courses in Buryat language and ethnology.
Academic hours: 60

The Environmental History of Russia
Overview of the driving and problematic questions that have informed modern environmental science. Sample materialist, literary, and culturally-oriented contributions to Russia's nascent field of environmental history. Discuss abundant first-hand accounts and literature covering nomadic, agricultural, military, entrepreneurial, and industrial pursuits; monumental Soviet environmental transformations and catastrophes; and how the natural world has figured in shaping and representing identities in tsarist Russia, the USSR, and modern Russia.
Academic hours: 56

Other options

Students with upper intermediate (B2) and above may select one to three electives on a wide range of subjects including specialized language courses as well as history, ethnology and folklore, classic literature, modern literature, and comparative development. The second and third elective, if chosen, will replace an equal number of language study hours. Contact us for a full list of electives available.


For more information, and to apply, click here.


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.

Watch an information session with an SRAS representative.


Tucked away in Siberia's forests, this charming city welcomes visitors to Russia’s amazing nature and nearby Lake Baikal. Despite the quiet small-town feel, Irkutsk boasts an impressive cultural legacy, and is center stage for important environmental debates. Students looking for a truly immersive language experience or interested in environmentalism, sustainability, history, or indigenous populations should strongly consider Irkutsk.


Dorms: Most students are housed in Dormitory No. 10, which is about 45-60 minutes by bus or 30-45 minutes by marshrutka from the university (depending on traffic and time of day). While grocery stores and a local cafe or two will be nearby, the dorms are well outside the center.

Homestays are available for an additional cost and are 15-50 minutes away. Hosts in Irkutsk are more likely than other locations in Russia to have more space, a family (rather than a single individual) living in the apartment, including pets and are more likely to spend more time with you. Homestays in Irkutsk are recommended.


Education Abroad Coordinator

Elizabeth Angerman
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.

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:
  • Summer I (Ten Weeks - May 28 - Aug 9): ~ 13 credits
  • Summer II (Eight Weeks - May 28-July 26): 10 credits
Students traveling during the summer term will be able to apply credits towards their degree for the following courses: R1103-2104, R3101-3102, R4101-4102; R2335/4797.

Please refer to the SRAS website for more detailed information.



In order to be eligible for this program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better and have successfully completed at least R1103* prior to departure.  Eligible students must also meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

*Students who have completed Russian 1102 may receive departmental approval for entry.  Please contact Larysa Stepanova (.1) for more information.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions:  Applicants are reminded to apply only for the Summer I or Summer II options.

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);
2.  SRAS application. 

IMPORTANTBoth 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

Program Costs

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.

Information Sessions 

  • Stay tuned for upcoming information sessions during the 2019-2020 academic year!


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020
Rolling Admission 01/29/2021 05/23/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include student travel. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.
Fall 2021 04/01/2021
Rolling Admission 09/01/2021 12/13/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include student travel. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/26/2022 05/22/2022
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include student travel. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed