Summer Study: Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP)

The Russian Overseas Flagship Program does not offer a designated overseas summer study program but requires all interested applicants to have at least 6 weeks of prior experience studying in a Russian-speaking country on a formal group-based program. Many Russian Flagship students fulfill this requirement by participating on the American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP), which is designed to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion in a Russian-speaking society while providing key logistical support and individualized attention to U.S. participants. The program is based at leading universities and educational institutions in Moscow, Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Almaty, Kazakhstan. It serves undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and working professionals who attend roughly 20 hours per week of class instruction; all courses are taught by native Russian-speaking faculty. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of Russia/Kazakhstan, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue internships, volunteering, hobbies, and personal interests in a Russian context.

Russian Flagship students may participate in the summer RLASP programs at Moscow International University, Herzen University in St. Petersburg, or Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty. NOTE: In order to receive Flagship funding from a Domestic Russian Flagship institution to participate on RLASP, students must complete the program based in Kazakhstan. Students who successfully complete RLASP receive academic credit through Bryn Mawr College, a domestic Flagship institution. Students from University of Wisconsin-Madison have their overseas grades transferred directly to their institution. 

Another popular option for summer overseas study for Russian Flagship students is the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), also administered by American Councils. More information about the Russian CLS programs can be found here