Language Training: Russian Heritage Speakers Program (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: October 15, 2017 & February 15, 2018

The Russian Heritage Speakers Program is intended to address the specific needs of students who speak Russian at home or with relatives, or who grew up speaking Russian and wish to strengthen their Russian skills. Program participants work with American Councils staff and host university faculty to develop an individualized program serving their unique needs as language learners. All programs focus on the development of Russian language skills, including grammar, conversation, and phonetics. Participants receive a minimum of twelve hours per week of in-class contact hours. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of Russia, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context.

Program Focus

Individualized Russian language instruction; cultural immersion; area studies

Language of Instruction


Program Locations

Moscow and St. Petersburg

Eligibility / Prerequisites

Undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals who are Russian heritage speakers or have an extensive background in Russian are eligible to apply to the Russian Heritage Speakers Program. If you have a question on your eligibility for this program, please contact AC Study Abroad.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the application deadline.

Program Term(s)

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, and Summer (8 weeks)

Program Cost

(excludes international airfare)

  • Spring 2017: $20,300
  • Summer 2017: $9,550
  • Fall 2017: $20,300
  • Academic Year 2017-18: $36,800

For more information, and to apply, click here.