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Why YOU Should Study Abroad

Russian students at ASU can have it all – small classes, award-winning faculty who know you, and the resources of a large university to help you succeed in a difficult language – if you plan ahead. Russian is a U.S. critical, strategic language and every year, ASU students win prestigious, competitive, national scholarships to study abroad. If you want to talk about current events, persuade, and negotiate with deep cultural knowledge, then you should take every course offered in Russian (700 hours), immerse yourself for a summer, a semester, or a year, and live with a family, to add the necessary hours to reach level 3 superior proficiency (1,500 hours). Immersion abroad is the key to taking your Russian, and your career, to the next level.

  • Russian continues to be the lingua franca of the former Soviet empire, with over 250 million speakers worldwide (and about 1 million speakers in the United States).
  • Russian is among the more valuable languages for employees, with a 4% wage boost.
  • The NSA, CIA, FBI, and the State Department’s Consular Fellows Program come to ASU to hire, looking for talented lifelong language learners.
  • ASU has its own exchange program with Kazan University, where you can study Russian and translation for a semester or a year, for the price of ASU tuition.
  • ASU is among the top schools to win Fulbright, Boren/National Security Education Program (NSEP), Critical Language Scholarships, and Gilman scholarships to study abroad.

A Message from the School of International Letters and Cultures

“Languages are gateways into the world, and they function in particular cultural and historical contexts. In order to be able to use language skills in meaningful ways, we also need to acquire cultural literacy. Our Study Abroad programs provide you with both an opportunity to enhance your language skills and an experience of the cultural context in which languages live. In addition to a wide range of enhanced career opportunities, studying abroad affords you a unique experience that you will remember for life.”

Professor Nina Berman, Director School of International Letters and Cultures

Planning Your Program

When to study abroad

When to study abroad

With advance planning and working closely with Russian faculty members and your academic advisor, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. As a School of International Letters and Cultures Russian major or minor, there are a number of terms available for you to study abroad.

The optimal time for a language and culture major or minor to study abroad is when language proficiency is at the intermediate level or above (202 or higher). If you wish to study abroad before you reach this level, we recommend that you consult the Russian faculty first. Review our recommended options below:

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall - Spring Begin researching study abroad programs; speak with Russian faculty or with a SILC advisor for program recommendations. Visit the Study Abroad website to review program options in Russia.
Summer Option 1: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 2


Fall- Spring Ready to study abroad? Apply to study abroad programs

Option 2: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 3: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 3


Fall - Spring Option 4: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 5: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 4


Fall - Spring Option 6: Complete a fall or winter break study abroad program

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the School of International Letters and Cultures

The School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) recommends that you speak with Italian faculty members and meet with your SILC major/minor academic advisor to help guide you in deciding which program will best help you to achieve your academic and personal goals. SILC has provided a list of study abroad programs that have been reviewed and recommended for students majoring or minoring in Italian. Typically, study abroad courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) major electives.

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.
  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.

Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

  • Call (480) 965-6281 to schedule an appointment with a SILC academic advisor.
  • Visit a SILC advisor during walk-in hours on the 4th floor of the LL building.

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?
  • How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?
  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?
  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will study abroad impact my progress?
  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad?  Are there any that I cannot take abroad?
  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?
  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own!  They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.

No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.

  • Stop by the Study Abroad Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email  or Live Chat with them on the Study Abroad Office website.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for study abroad?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.

Research Funding

Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid
  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program
  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs

Financial Aid

We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:

  • How do loans work for study abroad? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad?
  • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
  • When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
  • How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?

Major-Specific Scholarships

The School of International Letters and Cultures offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply.

Community-Based Funding

Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask.

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.

Helpful Links

Recommended Programs

Although students in any major in the School of Social Transformation can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School Social Transformation recommends the following programs.



Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Russian Federation
Unique Features: Envisioned by Peter the Great as the “Window to the West” and created by French and Italian architects, St. Petersburg became a testimony to opulence with golden palaces, pastel-colored mansions, and landscaped parks, gardens and canals. The Russian Area Studies program is for students who are interested in an academic program in Russia with an English component. The program offers a set of courses, taught in English, on Russian history, culture, politics, civilization and cinema, as well as language courses.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Russian Federation
Unique Features: Take part in the longest-running study abroad program in Russia in magnificent St. Petersburg where the entire downtown is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Via rigorous coursework, homestays with local families, peer language partners, field trips and excursions, other extracurricular activities, and volunteering, you’ll improve your command of Russian in and around one of the world’s most culturally and historically rich cities.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Russian Federation
Unique Features: The University of Arizona Russian Abroad study abroad program (Moscow) offerings are an outreach effort of the Department of Russian and Slavic Languages, acknowledged as one of the premiere Russian language training programs in the USA. The program offers courses, lectures and excursions that provide participants with invaluable training and experience. The curriculum includes intensive small group instructions as well as individual tutorials. Courses range from Russian grammar, composition and conversations to phonetics and intonation, newspaper reading, literature and film.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Russian Federation
Unique Features: The Arizona in Russian language programs in Moscow allow students to study Russian for the purpose of basic communication and to utilize this knowledge directly on the job. Internships are especially suited to students with higher Russian language ability. The language programs serve students on all levels. Today, Moscow remains the country's political and economic capital, and offers a wide variety of art and cultural opportunities.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Russian Federation
Unique Features: Kazan is a large cultural, social and sports center in Russia which is supported by the fact that Kazan hosted the Summer University Games in 2013. Founded in 1804, Kazan University is the second oldest university in the Russian Federation. An internationally acknowledged centre of academic excellence, it is routinely listed among the top 10 institutions of higher education in the country.