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Arizona State University: Russian (Hybrid)

Location: Tempe, Arizona & Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Language: Russian

School: Arizona State University

Dates of Program: May 20, 2024 - August 09, 2024

Program Type: Summer Combined Domestic and Study Abroad

Program Level: Year 1 ,

Classroom/Study Hours:

Year 1
Credits offered 13
Number of Classroom Hours per week 20
Number of Self-Study/Homework Hours per week 20
Number of Hours With a Language Partner per week 4-6


 Mezhdu Nami - Classroom Activities: Units 1-5, 6-9 - ISBN:9781611950168, ISBN:9781611950182

 Mezhdu Nami - Homework Activitites Units 1-5, 6-9 - ISBN:9781611950175, ISBN:9781611950199

 *Textbook and workbooks will be provided.

Program Details


  • Tuition/fees
  • Room and Board
  • Travel to/from study location
  • Books
  • Insurance
  • Visa

The following costs will not be included in Project GO Funding: personal spending money, personal travel, costs for obtaining a passport, medication, and expenses for dependents.

Please Note:

Project GO participants planning to travel abroad MUST have a valid U.S. passport in their possession no later than 90 days before the anticipated travel date. Passport processing times have greatly increased and it can take 3 months or more to receive a new passport.  We encourage you to apply for your passport as soon as possible.  Furthermore, many destinations require student visas, which take additional processing time. For further information, visit our FAQs.


The Critical Language Institute (CLI) is an integral component of The Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, & East European Studies. Every summer, CLI provides intensive language training in 14 languages. The Melikian Center is a National Resource Center supported by the Department of Education as well as a Foreign Language and Area Studies Center focusing on building Intercultural Education programs and serving as a hub for research, teaching, and innovative partnerships. As a part of the domestic program, students have an opportunity to learn the cultural and linguistic traditions of Indonesia while interacting and thinking across cultural boundaries with students from 14 other language and cultural programs. 



No prerequisites are required.

13-Credit, 12-Week Combination Program:  

5 credit hours of RUS 101
5 credit hours of RUS 102
3 credit hours of SLC 494, "Russian Language Abroad"

This intensive course provides a comprehensive introduction to modern Russian language with an in-country immersion program. Students begin in Tempe, Arizona with an intensive introduction to Russian, acquiring basic communication skills in classes that run 4 hours a day, with tutoring and cultural activities in the afternoon. Students live together in a dormitory near campus. Students then travel to Russian-speaking Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for an assisted full immersion experience and learning to navigate daily life through one-on-one 'real-life' exercises with local language coaches.

Students spend 3 hours/day in class overseas, covering some new material, and reviewing material covered in Arizona and activating their knowledge by using it in daily on-the-street activities with the language coaches. Students also participate in weekend trips, in Russian, also with their coaches.

Surrounded by supportive Russian speakers, receiving daily hands-on training, and not speaking English for 4 weeks, students make extremely rapid progress and are expected to exit the program with a proficiency of Intermediate Low or better.


The domestic portion of the program will take place on Arizona State University's Tempe Campus. Arizona State University is a large, metropolitan university. The main campus, housing 75,000 students, is located in Tempe, 15 minutes by light rail from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Emblematic of the lively, eclectic atmosphere of Tempe is the city's main street, Mill Avenue. Restaurants, grocery stores, and other services are all within walking distance. 

For more information on visiting Tempe, please see

The overseas portion of the programs will be held in the Russian-speaking city of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Situated at the base of the 15,000-foot tall Tian-Shan mountain range, Bishkek is a vibrant city of 1 million with a rich and colorful blend of Central Asian, Russian and Western influences. Russian is the predominant language of the city. Modern Bishkek is known for its hospitality, sight-seeing attractions and its plethora of youth-oriented cafes and eateries.

For more information on visiting Bishkek, please see:


1st-Year Russian:

Application Deadline: January 18, 2024

Separate application?: No, a separate application is not needed.

How to Apply:

 Students should apply for this program through the national Project GO application:

Applications Open – Monday, October 2, 2023  /  Applications Overseas Deadline – January 18, 2024

NOTE:  If accepted to this PGO program, you will be required to submit an additional application to ASU's Critical Languages Institute in late January/early February 2024.

Also, on the student application page, ASU will appear as Arizona State University Campus Immersion until November 1.  In spite of this, you are applying for a hybrid program which features 8 weeks of instruction in Tempe, AZ followed by 4 weeks of instruction in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Questions about this program?  Contact Theresa Zimm, PGO Program Coordinator, ASU   [email protected], 480-965-7705


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Name: Theresa Zimm

Email Address: [email protected]

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