Seth Farkas, CC'18

Building in St. Petersburg

American Councils: Summer Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP)

Language of Instruction: Russian
St. Petersburg,
Term: Summer

Enhance your Russian language skills during the summer

The next application deadline is Apr 1, 2022
See other program dates


Attend the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) supported by the American Councils Study Abroad during the summer to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion into Russian society. Program participants have the option to live in a university dormitory or with a host family. You are required to have two semesters of college-level Russian prior to departure.


All programs feature approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction; roughly sixteen hours of which are dedicated to Russian-language study. You are placed according to proficiency level in groups of three-to-five for language classes. Course work typically includes classes in phonetics, grammar, and conversation, as well as composition, oral comprehension, and reading. Language courses also cover topics in literature, history, politics, culture, mass media, and area studies.

Please note that if the program provide internships as an additional opportunity, credit is unable to be transferred back to Columbia University.

Program Features

RLASP is currently offered in the following locations:

  • Moscow International University in Moscow, Russia
  • Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen Institute) in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • KORA Center for Russian Language in Vladimir, Russia

Many former Columbia University students have had successful experiences in Moscow and St. Petersburg.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, First Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
2 semesters of language, or equivalent
St. Petersburg,

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Friday, April 1, 2022