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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia; St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: American Councils (ACTR) 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Regine John Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study: Communication, Economics, English, History, International Relations, Journalism, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Russian and East European Studies Program Options: Internship Credits
Key Word Search: Peace & Conflict Studies Language(s) of Instruction: Russian
Language Prerequisite: 4 College-Level Semesters Minimum GPA: 3.0
Program Type: Study Abroad In Classes With: All US Students
Minimum Class Standing: Grad Student, Junior, Senior Housing: Family Home Stay, Residence Hall
Program Description:


St. Petersburg, Russia's most western city, is a monument to the country's past imperial grandeur. A work of art in itself, St. Petersburg remains the center of Russia's artistic life. The Russian State Pedagogical (Gertsen) University serves as the host institution to RLASP participants in St. Petersburg. Located just behind the Kazan Cathedral in downtown St. Petersburg, the Gertsen University is one of the leading educational institutions in all of Russia. American Councils places students in the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language.



American Councils semester, academic year, and summer programs maximize linguistic and cultural immersion into Russian society. All programs feature approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction; roughly sixteen hours of which are dedicated to Russian-language study. Students are placed according to proficiency level in groups of three-to-five for language classes. Core Russian language classes include Russian Conversation, Phonetics, Russian Grammar, and Lexical Studies. Area studies offerings include (but are not limited to) Studies in Mass Media, Russian Literature, Russian History and Politics, and Contemporary Russian Society; all area studies and literature courses are taught in Russian.

Host University Faculty

All courses are conducted by host university faculty with extensive experience in teaching Russian as a foreign language to American students. Faculty at our partner universities also attend regular development seminars sponsored by American Councils and led by U.S. experts in Russian-language pedagogy. Recent seminars have addressed American academic culture, the American idea of a liberal arts education, student-centered learning, and communicative teaching strategies.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 12/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA
Summer 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.