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

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Jun 04, 2019 - Aug 08, 2019
Tbilisi, Georgia
Jun 04, 2019 - Aug 08, 2019
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Jun 16, 2019 - Aug 21, 2019
Vladimir, Russia
Jun 16, 2019 - Aug 21, 2019

Previous Institutes


Featured Alumni Profiles

Tyler Le
Russian 2018
Tbilisi, Georgia
Halina Shatravka
Russian 2017
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Maria Folvarska
Russian 2016
Vladimir, Russia

Russian Stories

The Power of Sport as Public Diplomacy
Former Olympian and CLS Alumna Siobhan Heekin-Canedy (Russian 2016) writes about the importance of sports diplomacy in the context of the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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Posted November 06, 2019


Announcing the 2020 CLS Application - Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! American undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

The...

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Posted September 12, 2019


Announcing Application Dates and Changes to the 2020 CLS Program

The CLS Program is in the process of wrapping up another successful summer, and with it we are turning our attention to the fall application and recruitment season. We have a few important updates leading into the fall application season that we want to share with advisors and students as soon...

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Posted August 15, 2019