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Individualized Russian Language Program for Heritage Speakers


Summer program: Jun. 3 - Aug. 5, 2008 
Fall semester: Aug. 26 - Dec. 17, 2008 
Academic Year: Aug. 26, 2008 - May 14, 2009

The program

Participants on this program receive twelve to sixteen hours of instruction per week devoted to their individual language learning needs, either in individual tutorials or small classes.
All language classes are conducted in the department of Russian as a Foreign Language at the Russian State Pedagogical University or the Moscow International University. In addition, heritage participants may attend regular classes in numerous academic departments at their host universities.
Specific courses are tailored to meet individual student requests; most focus on the development of reading and writing skills, phonetics, and vocabulary development. Advanced students may also attend courses in literature, cultural studies, history, politics and other topics depending on schedules and availability.
Participants receive academic credits through Bryn Mawr College

How to apply

To be complete, application must include the following materials (to be sent to the American Councils):

  • Application form in English (1 original and 4 copies)
  • Statement of purpose (original and 4 copies)
  • Russian Essay (original & 4 copies)
  • Three personal reference forms
  • Official transcripts
  • Agreement and release form
  • Processing fee
  • Proctor information sheet for the placement exam
  • Previous Russian Language Instruction Form
  • A photocopy of the inside page of your passport
  • Medical forms and HIV tests

Get detailed information about the documents needed to appply at this program website.

Deadline for applications

Summer Program: Mar. 1, 2008 
Fall Semester: Apr. 1, 2008 
Academic Year: Apr. 1, 2008 

Organiser and partners

  • American Councils
  • The Moscow International University
  • The Russian State Pedagogical (Herzen) University in St. Petersburg

Information and contacts

American Councils
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
address: 1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
tel. 001.202.8337522
fax. 001.202.8337523
Applications and additional program information are also available at the American Councils Study Abroad Programs website


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