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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

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
University of Nizhny Novgorod
Jun 07, 2021 - Jul 30, 2021
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
American University of Central Asia
Jun 14, 2021 - Aug 06, 2021
Vladimir, Russia
KORA Russian Language Center
Jun 21, 2021 - Aug 13, 2021

Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

Halina Shatravka
Russian 2017
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Tyler Young
Russian 2018
Tbilisi, Georgia
Nikidrea Rey
Russian 2019
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Russian Stories

Announcing the CLS 2021 Finalists

The CLS Program is pleased to announce the results of its 2021 summer competition. We applaud all applicants for the 2021 CLS Program for their commitment to language learning and congratulate the finalists and alternates selected from this impressive pool of students.

Finalists for the...

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Posted March 03, 2021


The 2021 Summer Application is Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2021 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! We welcome your students to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

The application is now live and available...

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Posted August 27, 2020