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Program Description:
School of Russian and Asian Studies: Russian as a Second Language
Founded in 1996, the School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) offers programs across Russia and Asia. The Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program packages are designed for flexibility to suit almost any need or interest. Students can elect to study in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Take advanced Russian language courses or start with the basics. Home stays and TORFL Testing are optionally available. Students take a Russian Language Study course (beginning, intermediate, or advanced), a culture lab (includes excursions, seminars, and field trips), and optional intensive Russian language tutoring.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No previous Russian coursework and/or skills necessary
  • Russian language core courses are required as part of the program
Program Calendar
Fall semester: early September to mid-December
Spring semester: early February to late May

Students take a Russian language core course (no previous language skills necessary). The program consists of 2-3 courses and credits vary: Russian Language Study, Culture Lab, and the optional Intensive Russian Tutoring. Grades from SRAS will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

Accommodations consist of a dormitory stay. Home stays are available at an additional cost.

All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in Russia. SRAS directly assists with the process of securing your visa for the program.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged a program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Student ID card and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.

For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here: SRAS Russian as a Second Language Budget 2016-2017.pdf

Cara Hardy, Counselor,

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Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and SRAS applications. 

Syracuse University
School of Russian and Asian Studies
  • Complete SRAS application, specifying which program you are interested in.
  • Follow instructions from SRAS for supplemental documents.
SRAS - Russian as a Second Language

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/03/2018 12/14/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change. (tentative Moscow Campus Dates: Sept 3 - Dec 14); (tentative St Petersburg Campus Dates: Sept 3 - Dec 14)

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.