Study Abroad: Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (Nazarbayev University)

Deadline: April 5, 2016

SSRES (Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies) at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan is an intensive academic program that offers students the chance to immerse themselves in the Russian language and to experience Kazakh language and culture in the heart of Eurasia.

The main component of SSRES in 2016 will be an Intensive 6-week course in Russian, which will offer 20 contact hours per week of in-class instruction in all aspects of the Russian language (for a total of 120 contact hours over 6 weeks). The Russian curriculum will be taught using the communicative method of instruction in the situation of linguistic and cultural immersion. Students will be placed into appropriate levels of Russian, based on the results of a placement test and according to their level of proficiency (as specified in ACFFL Proficiency Guidelines). Russian courses will be taught by professionals trained in current methodologies and experienced in teaching international students.

In addition to taking an intensive course in Russian, the students will have an opportunity to learn some elementary Kazakh and get an introduction to Kazakh culture by taking a weekly practical course in Kazakh Language and Culture (free and included in the program).

In addition, students will be able to sign up for an elective course, which will be offered as part of the Nazarbayev University Summer School curriculum and will be open for both local and international students. To complete this course, students will need to stay an additional two weeks. All elective courses will be taught in English. Nazarbayev University is a world research leader in Eurasian studies. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University offers an MA in Eurasian Studies, a two-year interdisciplinary area studies program taught in English. It is the first of its kind to be offered in Kazakhstan, and one of only a handful across the Eurasian region.

Nazarbayev University will assist students in transferring credits earned in this course to their home institutions. The students will live on the campus of Nazarbayev University in the new capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. The program is open to international students from undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as to working professionals.

For more information about the program and to apply, please visit here!