Study Russian and learn about Central Asia’s historical, cultural and contemporary ties to Russia and the former Soviet Union. The program is hosted by the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, a Bard College dual-degree partner. Applicants must have one year of college level Russian completed by the start of the program.
This eight-week program consists of two four-credit courses: one Russian Language course (Beginner to Intermediate: Transitional Russian Language Course or On the Road to Proficiency: Russian from Intermediate to Advanced) and Post-Soviet Central Asia: Sovereignty, Community, and Cultural Self-Expression. Additional academic programming includes Russian Table lunches and guided homework sessions.
Sample Daily Schedule:
9:00 - 10:15 Russian Language
10:30 - 11:45 Russian Language
12:00 - 1:15 Post-Soviet Central Asia
1:30 - 2:15 Russian Table Lunch
2:15 - 3:15 Homework Session
3:15 - 5:30 Excursion
Participants experience the culture, history, society, and natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan through weekly excursions in Bishkek, and trips to sights of interest in Kyrgyzstan including the stunning Lake Issyk-Kul and Ala-Archa Nature Park.
Participants live with local Russian-speaking families in Bishkek, experiencing daily life in Kyrgyzstan while immersing themselves in a Russian language environment. Homestays include two meals a day during the week and three meals on weekends.