Study Abroad

The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies gives students the opportunity to study abroad and explore the world through the UA study abroad programs of Arizona-in-Russia and Arizona-in-Kazakhstan. The study abroad programs are administered by the UA Office of Study Abroad and Student Exchange.  
Arizona-in-Kazakhstan program is open to University of Arizona students and to students from other universities and is offered for the Summer​ Session (May-July).

The Russia programs were initiated in 1971 by Professor Del Phillips and are directed by Dr. Benjamin Jens. Students from over 110 colleges and universities from the US, Canada, and Europe have studied abroad through these programs in Russia in Moscow and St. Petersburg which are offered for the Fall, Spring, Summer, and Academic Year schedules.

"In 2012, I studied abroad in Moscow, Russia through the Arizona-Russian Abroad program offered by the University of Arizona. During the short eight months that I spent there, I learned so much more about the culture, history and every day life of Russia; things that one could never learn by reading a textbook. All of this knowledge came from not only visiting the famous museums and watching a ballet or two at the State Kremlin Palace, but also by going on a relaxing walk through Sokol’niki Park (my personal favorite part in Moscow) and having casual conversation with Muscovites. And half way through each semester, just when the students were growing tired from studying, we took a week-long to different cities: the first to Saint Petersburg, the second - Kazan. As a result of experiencing the submersion into such a different country, I have countless memories of my time there, a greater respect for Russia and the people and have become much more fluent in the Russian language (three months into the semester I had passed the state exams and achieved the Level-1 Certificate)." 

-Keith Wright, about study abroad experience

Language Instruction Program in Moscow

The language instruction program in Moscow accepts students at all levels of Russian language instruction. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students have all benefied from the program since they receive 20 hours of instruction per week. First or second year students receive special instruction in the areas of Grammar, Conversation, and Phonetics. Upper division students add Newspaper Reading, Literature, composition, and film.   All participants in Moscow, as an additional part of their program automatically receive  two tutorial hours on a one-to-one basis with their head instructor.  Participants have the opportunity to visit local sites of importance, to hear world-class concerts, and attend important cultural events (After all, Moscow is the capital!). All instruction follows the curriculum established by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. Students who wish to study or work in Russia in the future must pass a proficiency examination on this curricular material at the Certificate I level.  The exam (optional) is given free of charge each semester. Students who achieve any proficiency rating receive a beautiful signed certificate from the Ministry of Education.

The application deadline for the Language Instruction Programs in  Moscow is February 15 for Summer, April 15 for Fall/Academic Year, and Oct 15 for Spring.


Arizona in Kazakhstan

Arizona in Kazakhstan gives Russian language students a unique opportunity to learn language and experience the culture in one of the most vibrant, successful post-Soviet Russian-speaking countries.  The key features of this program is intensive Russian OR Kazakh language (all levels are welcome!) and culture study in the beautiful and modern capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. During the eight-week stay in Kazakhstan, the students will have weekly excursions in Astana and around the country, including a weekend-long trip to Burabay-the Switzerland of Kazakhstan, a trip to Almaty, Turkestan and Shymkent - historical cities in Central Asia with an archaeological record dating back to the 4th century, a visit to a GULAG camp for the wives of the “enemies of the people,” a trip to the Korgalzhyn nature reserve - the most-northern habitat of pink flamingos, and other excursions to cultural and historical places of interest. The program offers a non-credited practical Kazakh culture course as a bonus course for University of Arizona students. More information about this program can be found here


Program contact at the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies is Prof. Liudmila Klimanova 

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