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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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 in Moscow is based at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and aims to immerse you in the language with a combination of classroom hours, peer tutoring, and other out-of-classroom experiences.

Moscow, Russia's political and economic capital, is home to not only most of Russia's federal government, but also most of Russia's major businesses and the Russian headquarters of international corporations. The city overflows with NGOs, museums, and cultural institutions. All of this offers students an extraordinary opportunity to make potential professional contacts, understand Russia's current development trajectory, and to take in as much Russian culture as possible in one location. Moscow is also Europe's largest city and a major regional hub for all of Eurasia. It is a diverse city, with cultural infrastructure serving a diverse population. In Moscow, you'll explore all of this as part of your guided cultural program.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • Two semesters of previous Russian language instruction (or equivalent of the A1 level)
Program Calendar
Fall semester: early September to mid-December
Spring semester: early February to late May

Students take a Russian language core course for 16 credits. The course consists of small, intensive sections focused on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics. 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.

SRAS students are housed in HSE's student dormitories, of which there are several. Although all SRAS students should be in the same dorm each semester, which dorm that might be will change from semester to semester. Most of these are in good locations in Moscow and are recently renovated. In most, you will share a room with one other roommate and have shared kitchen and laundry space with others in the facility. Most of these are one half to one hour away (via metro and/or bus) from classes.

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 travel insurance 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 Russia 2nd Lang 2019-20.pdf.

Cara Hardy, Counselor,

Apply Now
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.
Follow these links for more information and the SRAS application:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.