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The Russian Language

If you're looking for a language that offers access to a broader variety of people, cultures, and countries, then Russian might be just what you're looking for. Russian is spoken by over a hundred million Russians, but it's also the lingua franca of the entire former Soviet Union, spoken as a second language by people in the Caucasus and Central Asia, from the country of Georgia to Kazakhstan.

Russian continues to be one of the most in-demand languages among employers in both the public and private sectors due to its international relevance and unique versatility. Russian language study is a foray into careers as diverse as speech pathology, comparative literature, and international trade, and it has the potential to open doors to regions of the world you may never have considered before.

Program Sites

Program sites will be announced in the spring.

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Tyler Young
Russian 2018
Tbilisi, Georgia
Halina Shatravka
Russian 2017
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Tyler Le
Russian 2018
Tbilisi, Georgia

Russian Stories

Vanessa Huerta
“CLS was a turning point in my life. It wasn’t just a trip to another country to learn a foreign language. On the contrary, it was a trip of cultural understanding, personal growth, relationship building, and a milestone to my personal identity.”

Vanessa Huerta was a participant in CLS Russian in...

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Posted January 21, 2020


Matthew Tappert

“After the CLS Program I spent the better part of a decade working in ex-Soviet Central Asia, which is how I ended up in D.C. working on international development programs. Russian has been essential to every job I’ve had.”

Matt began studying Russian as an undergraduate at Pennsylvania...

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Posted January 08, 2020


The CLS Program at the Annual ACTFL Conference

The 2019 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages kicked off this week in Washington, D.C. and staff from the CLS Program were there to meet with our colleagues and alumni from across the United States, and all over the world. The...

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Posted November 22, 2019